I started this blog because I fell in love with mosaics and it allowed me to effectively bookmark a lot of inspirational mosaics and techniques and to develop my knowledge about the subject. I’ve learned a lot about mosaics as a result. And I seem to have found a nice little niche topic for blogging that makes this blog quite successful and quite fun to do. It’s become a real labour of love.
I’ve also learned that people in the mosaics world are very happy to share information provided you ask for permission [noone has refused me yet!] and that includes some very wellknown names. I’m very appreciative of such support especially as I am an absolute newbie and amateur at mosaics myself. I’ve contemplated such things as putting ads/sponsorship etc on this blog because, after all, everyone likes money, and I do get a lot of hits every day. However I also feel that it would really go against the spirit of this blog and I don’t want to profit out of other people’s goodwill, hard work and creative spark.
So it has really peeved me this week that I have had to learn about splogs because I have been hit by a splogger :(.
What is a splogger? Well, check the comments and websites of a few “contributors” whose handles end in Digest in the comments section. Splog = spam blog. These ****s basically use an RSS feed on one of my tags or categories and blog everything that is attached to that tag. The most blatant one out there is a toad from Spain known as Bitacle.
And to top it off these splogs have got this dislaimer that makes me want to slap them:
“This site takes no responsobility on content which may appear on pages. All content belongs to their owners. ‘Common European Policy – opinions Blog Digest’ is proudly powered by WordPress
Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS).es ”
Now I don’t mind people referring to my posts in their blogs if they genuinely have read the posts and liked what they saw. After all it does attract people back to my blog. I do object when I have numerous posts being ripped off without being asked and an entire splog is created around my posts and ONLY my posts. And they also have the splog attached to Adsense or similar programs so they make money out of the clicks. Now if there are too many clicks it does send some kind of warning message to Google that they are spamming and their Adsense account will be shut down. But the Google rating of every site linked in the splog ie mine, drops because of their flagrant breaches of copyright. I don’t like being tarred by a splogger’s brush. [And Google needs to jump on these ****s more than they are doing but that’s another issue.]
So if you see a splogger at work, feel free to visit this SplogReporter site. Feel free to leave a comment on the splog that informs the world and the splogger that they are breaching copyright and being rip off merchants.
There is some excellent material about splogs (and what to do about them) at Lorelle on WordPress.
Normal people who like my stuff and want to link to this blog, go for it. Just leave a comment somewhere or email me so I know and don’t forget to put a link on your blog linking back to this blog or to flickr. Especially if you blog my photos ie the Geowombats ones because those are my babies and I like to know where they end up.
Okay, end of rant.
Otherwise the blog is going well. I need to tidy up my categories – an ongoing job – so don’t be surprised if a little chaos occurs there occasionally. I’m open to new ideas so feel free to leave some here. If you’ve used some great product or seen a fantastic mosaic somewhere, let me know. If you know of a great mosaic and want to see a post on the subject, also let me know.
I have some local photos that I want to put together as a post so look out for that, and there will be at least one health and safety post coming up soon. I’ll try to find some more videos.
And I might even show you what I’m up to so you can have a good laugh ;).
HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!
I just checked the old blog stats and was absolutely flabbergasted to see that yesterday was my best day ever. So good that I made it to #14 on the WordPress.com Blog of the Day list!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀
Thank you Wackyweeder at the iVillage GardenWeb forum for your post – you definitely started something!