Journalist (Who believes only ‘they’ have the right to write and publish) to Poor food blogger:
Journalist: Hey, you food blogger. I don’t get it why people are reading your food ramblings and recipes instead of my fancy articles in glossy magazines. I’ve checked your blogs a total 5 seconds. The horror, you write about what you had for lunch (gasp), how uninteresting and weird is that? So weird! Well, anyway, my editor wanted to examine this weird phenomenon and you are our specimen this month. Could you please write about yourself, more about that weirdness we are interested in, also send me your favorite recipe. I need some photos along with the recipe, and by the way, make it snap. I have a deadline to meet.
Poor food blogger (elated): Thank you for considering me for your article on food blogs. I am trembling with excitement and deeply honored. But because this article is for a glossy magazine, I would like to be compensated for my photos.
Journalist: What? How dare of you to ask me such questions. We will be sending traffic your blog way. Isn’t that enough, you weird food blogger? We would make money, the publisher and me by writing about you and by publishing your recipe and photos. Be happy that we've picked you, OK? Or, no more blog traffic for you!
Poor Food blogger to Blog Farmers (BF is who makes money by harvesting the other blogs recipes and photos for his flashy web magazine.)
Poor food blogger: Could you please not lift photos from my blog for your money making machine. I have explicitly put a copyright message on my blog asking people not to hotlink images. Thank you very much.
Blog farmer: What? How dare you poor food blogger to ask us such questions? We are doing a favor, by sending increased traffic towards your blog. By the way, can’t you read? The photo is fully linked to your blog and we believe adheres fully to general copyright issues.
Poor food blogger (meekly): But sir, my copyright message says no hotlinking of images.
Blog farmer: Shut up, shut up. You are rude! How dare of you to ask us such questions you poor food blogger. You are aggressive! You think you have rights? We are going to bad mouth you; we are going to ruin you. Ha… ha… ha….
A poor food blogger’s experience! :)
This post is written by Indira of Mahanandi
(Published with full permission from the Head Mistress.)