IWSG: Illustration Blues and Blog Move News

Hi, fellow writers. Even though I’m doing taxes, my biggest insecurity is content control. First, kudos to Alex J Cavanaugh for helping writers support each other via the Insecure Writers Support Group.

When I started this blog, I was more concerned with “free” than with all the hubbub over Blogger owning my content. Since they changed the terms, I relaxed. I still started a free WordPress blog as a placeholder, hoping I’d eventually find a way around the html problem on blog hops. But I couldn’t find a theme I liked, so I let my WordPress blog sit.
Fast forward a year, after I hired an awesome illustrator to make a picture book from a poem my mom wrote long ago. I want to post a few pictures, but I sure don’t want Blogger earning money from illustrations my brother paid for or from text my mom wrote and I edited. So I read Blogger vs WordPress: Content Ownership at A Royal Daughter. Eeek! 
I rushed to sign up for a paid host for WordPress. When I finish adjusting, I’ll post the pictures there and explain how I got over 60  illustrators’ bids in under 24 hours, so fast I closed the bidding early. For now, I’m just letting you know why I’m moving. Later, I’ll determine whether I chose a good host and tell the rest of the story.
Please tell me your insecurity, especially if you solved it. That’s all—whew—just under this month’s 300 word limit. Thanks for visiting!

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  1. I’m also planning on moving to WordPress for similar reasons. You’ll have to keep us updated as to how it all works out.

  2. I plan to start tweaking right after I finish taxes, and I’ll let you know how it goes. Yesterday, I almost made it through your critique on the plane home. That should give you an idea of how much time they waste with the “turn off computers” rule during take off and landing or below 10,000 feet.

  3. Gulp. I’ve never read anything about Blogger owning my content. I’m off to check it out.


    • Oh, they don’t own it anymore. They changed the terms, but they still have the right to use your posts for their own profit, including reposting elsewhere. You should read the post in the link above from A Royal Daughter comparing your content to a grand piano stored at an uncle’s house.

  4. You’ve built up such a great following here – let us know if the jump was for the better.

  5. Hi Sher! I’ll be waiting for you with bells and whistles over at WordPress!! 😀 Sorry to hear there was so much going on with these guys. I didn’t know they were allowed to do that. Thanks for stopping by earlier today to visit. This is my first time co-hosting the IWSG and I just wanted to make sure I was doing an OK job, so I’ve been all over the place all day. 🙂 Have a great evening and let me know when we’re neighbors. Lily-Eva

  6. Hi Sher, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following. So glad we connected through Alex. It’s great to meet you. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  7. Sounds like you’ve done a lot and all the right things. As to content control, I guess anything you post is considered published. That’s why I don’t put anything out that I might want to publish in the future. Great to know you’re taxes are at least underway. Mine languish in a pile that must be attacked today!

    • Well, my taxes aren’t as underway as I’d like them. More in the way… I actually tripped over a box of paperwork today. So while you attack your taxes, mine attack me. LOL and sigh. Thanks for stopping by! Ooh.. . that rhymes.

  8. Thanks for the link, Sher. There were some things she mentioned that I didn’t know.

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