You CAN! Thinking about becoming a fiber arts blogger or podcaster? You can easily do it. All you need is an enthusiasm for what you are writing or talking about and a style. But before you get started, you need to follow some simple rules:
- Obey copyright laws. Do not insert pictures or music that you do not have permission to use on your blog or in your podcast. This is a big no-no. Just like with knitting patterns, you wouldn't want someone to post your design on the internet for all to use without paying for the pattern. This is illegal and you can get into trouble for it, not to mention, it's just not cool.
- If I want to utilize a picture, I get permission in writing from the person who owns the rights to the pic and I include that in my blog post or on my podcast by indicating that the photo is used with permission from Jane Doe.
- For animations and graphics, Google images is not the place to snag pics. Sure there are bazillions of them, but those pics are generated from various places on the internet. Just because they are on Google Images, does NOT mean you have permission to use them.
- The animated pic above is a pic I purchased from iStockphoto. Yes, it costs some bucks to insert pics that you have permission to use, but it is LEGAL!
- If you want to talk about a pattern, LINK to it in your blog post or show notes. DO NOT show the pattern or give out lines of the pattern on your blog.
- Lots of podcasters love to include music intros and insert music at various places in the podcast. Make sure it is pod-safe music that is not copyrighted. This can also cost money. I like to use Music Alley.
- If you review a book that was given to you by a publisher/a yarn or fiber that was given to you by a manufacturer or dyer, you MUST, MUST, MUST disclose your relationship with that company. You need to let your listeners/viewers know that you you received the item FREE and whether or not you are getting paid for your review. If you do not, you will be considered non-compliant by the FTC. You cannot have a blanket disclosure. You need to disclose with each and every item.
- Link to any and all products you thoroughly discuss rather than use photos from that company's website (UNLESS you have written permission to do so).
If you follow these simple rules, you will produce a legal and respectful blog/podcast. Now the content - that's all you! :)