How To Protect Your Blog, by Hugh Roberts

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Hugh Roberts is a true blogging friend.  Not only an extremely generous and warm-hearted soul, Hugh is exceptionally clever about the nuts and bolts side of blogging.  When I discovered my posts plagiarized by an Aussie web site a few weeks ago, Hugh immediately offered support, a healthy dose of shared outrage, and then some very practical advice.

Loyal readers and I had a number of good conversations after that episode through the comments, emails, and even some phone calls.  It heightened our awareness of how vulnerable our work remains when published online.  That is when I invited Hugh to write a guest blog for Forest Garden, giving solid technical support to help all of us with things like watermarks, widgets, disclaimers, and copyrights.  February 20, 2015 hearts 004

Hugh has come through in fine style, and I hope you will enjoy his guest blog post today:

 

How To Protect Your Blog

 by Hugh Roberts

Many of you will have recently read the news from Woodland Gnome, here at Forest Garden, that her blog posts were being copied and used by somebody else for their own blog.  Unfortunately with the internet being such a vast and open space used by millions of people worldwide, the chances of that happening to any one of us who publishes anything on the internet is a distinct possibility.  Whether it be photos, short stories, reviews, poetry, recipes or gardening tips, everything faces the chance of being copied and somebody else taking full credit for your hard work.

However, there is something we can all do to try and stop this happening.  What I am about to advise you to do may not stop somebody else copying your work, but it acts as a warning to anyone thinking of copying or duplicating your work that if they do so without your permission, then they could face the possibility of prosecution and/or a fine.

First of all, I would advise anybody who has their own blog or web page to protect it by clearly displaying a “Copyright and/or Disclaimer” notice.  There are many places on the internet that offer Copyright and Disclaimer notices free of charge and which give very good instructions on how to copy and paste one of these notices to your blog or webpage.  WordPress offer some excellent advice and instructions on how to display a Copyright and/or Disclaimer notice and I have included a link below which will take you to their page.

http://en.support.wordpress.com/prevent-content-theft/

If you use a theme on your blog which displays widgets, and I’ll come to widgets shortly, I would recommend you display your copyright and/or disclaimer notice as one of your widgets.  I use the Retro Fitted Theme on my blog and the widgets I use are displayed on the side bar, which for the theme I use, are displayed on the right hand side of my blog.  You can take a look at my blog if you like by clicking the link below so you can see what I am referring to.     http://hughsviewsandnews.com/

My Copyright notice is the very last widget at the bottom of my sidebar, while my disclaimer notice can be found under the “About Me’ icon on the menu bar at the top of my blog.  You are very welcome to use these as the Copyright and Disclaimer notices for your own blog if you wish.  All you need to do is to copy and paste them to your own blog and, where necessary, change some of the words to reflect your own name and the name of your blog.  Here’s the link to the free Copyright notice I use on my blog.  Full instructions on how to copy and paste the notice on to your blog are included.

http://creativecommons.org/choose/results-one?license_code=by-nc-sa&jurisdiction=&version=4.0&lang=en

If you are not sure what WordPress widgets are, then click on this link for full details:    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/

One of my very good blogging buddies, Serins, recently wrote an excellent post about Copyright and Disclaimer.

Click the link  to read her post:   https://serinssphere.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/the-a-z-lowdown-on-blogging-d-is-for-disclaimer/

Many of us also include photos in a post and whilst you may display a copyright and/or disclaimer notice on your blog, I would recommend that you also watermark any photos you use.

Most computers these days come with plenty of software that will help you alter photos you have loaded on to your hard drive, but there are other not so complicated ways to watermark your photos.

I use an Apple iMac and use an app called ‘Photobulk’ to watermark all my photos.  It’s a very easy app to use and normally costs $9.99 to download, but can often be found either on offer or free of charge to download from the developer’s website.  I simply drag any photos I want to watermark to Photobulk, type in the text for the watermark I use (in my case I always use © hughsviewsandnews.wordpress.com), press ‘start,’ and my photos are then watermarked with my details, and ready to be inserted into a post.

Below I have included a link for a free photo watermarking app for android users.  I’ve never used the app as I use an Apple iMac, but the reviews for this particular app are very good.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.androidvilla.addwatermark.free&hl=en

I would like to thank Woodland Gnome very much for asking me to write a guest post on this subject for her blog.  Of course if you do have any questions about displaying a Copyright and/or Disclaimer notice on your blog, then please leave me a comment and I will get back to you as quickly as possible with the answers.February 20, 2015 hearts 014

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Thank you, Hugh, for this very helpful post!

WG

1000 Speak For Compassion

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“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one.

But it will only grow in the mud.

In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. …

The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share,

no matter what our stations in life. …

Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death.

If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion,

we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ”

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Goldie Hawn

 

Compassion is wanting all beings to live free from suffering and to enjoy good health and happiness. 

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We all understand suffering as we have all experienced it in so many forms.

There is personal pain and suffering which we experience ourselves; and there is suffering we witness in the lives of others.  Whether we hear about the suffering of strangers in the day’s news, or whether we listen to loved one’s stories of their own problems, we remaining keenly aware of the many challenges and inequities in our world.

The great religions ask us to remain mindful of the real suffering in the lives of others, and to respond to others with love and compassion.  We are reminded to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves; to show hospitality, to treat others with patience and kindness, and to give of our own resources to help others.

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“Whatever joy there is in this world
All comes from desiring others to be happy,
And whatever suffering there is in this world,
All comes from desiring myself to be happy.

But what need is there to say much more?
The childish work for their own benefit,
The Buddhas work for the benefit of others.
Just look at the difference between them!”   

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Shantideva

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Bloggers around our planet are coming together today, February 20, 2015,  to remain mindful of the power of compassion.  Compassion, a very powerful sort of love, is perhaps the most potent force for good in the universe.  Our ability to project compassion towards other beings is the fuel which powers our own evolution.

There comes a point when we finally understand that we are all one great being.  As we treat others, we treat ourselves, because we are one.  As we treat our beautiful planet, so we treat ourselves, because we are one.

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Compassion is the strong desire to end suffering, for all beings.  When our thoughts, words, choices, and actions originate in our strong intention to bring happiness to all beings, helping to relieve their sufferings, we live in the light of love.  Our own happiness is amplified and our own personal sufferings diminished.

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Our compassion extends in ever widening circles:  first for ourselves, our families and pets, then to our circle of friends and local community.  We feel compassion for others like us, then for all human beings.  Finally our compassion extends to all sorts of animal life on land, in the air, and in our oceans and waterways; to the forests, the mountains, the oceans,  and the atmosphere which surrounds our Earth.

The more we open our minds and hearts, the more we realize that we are all part of one organism; animated by one great energetic Source.

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And it all begins with our intention to live compassionately.

Please join in this great wave of worldwide compassion today.  Become one of the 1000 voices speaking for compassion. 

Please leave a link in the comments if you are one of the 1000 voices for compassion and create your own post on this theme today!

 

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“Fearlessness is the most prominent characteristic of all bodhisattvas

and all who tread the bodhisattva path.

For them, life has lost its terrors and suffering its sting.

Instead of scorning earthly existence, or condemning its ‘imperfection’,

they fill it with a new meaning.”

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Lama Anagorika Govinda

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2015

 

I Choose Compassion- Silver Threading

Widening the Circle of CompassionShunyata

 

Heart Stone

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Have you ever found a heart stone?  A heart stone is a little stone worn away into the shape of a heart.  We always watch for them.

Sometimes we find them on beaches, worn into shape in the pounding surf.  These are always special.

Others we find in rock and crystal shops, at mineral shows, or from online mineral vendors.

Colleen, at Silver Threading, and I have been chatting about heart stones since I read her installment entitled, “ The Swamp Fairy-Deciphering the Code” in her online short story about The Swamp Fairy.  This is a wonderfully magical story, and I invite you to read it from the beginning, “The First Dream of the Swamp Fairy.”

A heart stone features in her story, with a wonderful photograph of the stone.

When Colleen learned that heart stones are special to us, she asked to see some in our collection.  That was enough to inspire me to create a little moss garden for this heart stone, carved from labrodorite.  The fern has actually been growing in this container for a few months now.  It came inside in early autumn to live through the winter in our living room garden.  Today I dressed it up with moss left from yesterday’s fairy garden project, a few bits of lichens I’ve been saving, and of course, a heart stone.

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You might have noticed that I often use bits of mineral and gemstone in my potted gardens and terrariums.  Gemstones all have a very particular molecular and crystalline structure which allows them to transmit and amplify energy; particularly electrical energy.  That is why the watch you’re wearing is probably a quartz watch.  The piezoelectric properties of all quartz based minerals are particularly useful for receiving, amplifying, storing, transmitting, and transforming energy.  That is why our computers use quartz, and why the Egyptians capped their pyramids and built their obelisks from quartz rich granite.

All plants and animals produce bioelectricity.  We respond to the energy produced by the sun and transmitted by the Earth.  Pairing plants with minerals enhances both.

And keeping a heart stone nestled in this bed of moss, beneath this young fern, in the heart of our home, feels like a good thing to do.  We enjoy its beauty, and it radiates happiness and well-being.

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Woodland Gnome 2015

 

Heart stones found on the beach in the Aran Islands.

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