When I started MBB, I did it because I wanted to share my love for boys in books. And, to be honest, I wanted to ogle pictures of hot guys. Hey! Don’t judge. It makes the work day go by faster.
I never thought my MBB posts would harm anyone. In fact, I viewed my posts as something that might help promote a book or author I adored. And, I have actually been contacted by a few authors because of my MBB posts. They’ve contacted me to tell me that they loved my casting choice for their character or to say thank you for featuring their book. Plus, a large part of my site traffic is attributed to my MBB posts, and other MBB participants have told me it’s the same for them. All of this made me feel so happy!
But, after learning about what happened to author Roni Loren, I’ve realized that I’m actually doing more harm than good.
I know I’ve used images on my MBB posts irresponsibly. I’ve grab images off of a Google search and posted them on my blog without bothering to hunt down the source. Shame on me. The last thing I want is for anyone to be sued for using copyright images on a MBB post. So, I’d like to propose some changes to MBB.
First, I think it’s important to be informed. I encourage all MBB participants to check out these posts for more information:
FVBR: Being a More Responsible Blogger – Respecting Copyright
Roni Loren: Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog – My Story
Mindful Musings: Blogging, Image Use, and Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
Mindful Musings: Blogging, Image Use, and Giving Credit Where Credit is Due (Part 2)
Second, we should decide what to do about MBB. I’d hate for it to disappear completely because I love learning about the swoon worthy guys everyone is reading about. So one option could be to just post the book cover, title and author info, and *MAYBE* a few pictures found through Creative Commons, but really the new MBB posts won’t focus on pictures. Instead, we follow Amy’s, of A Simple Love of Reading, model for her MBB posts, and just share a few of our favorite facts and quotes about our current book boyfriend.
Or we could all get on paint and make our own images. For example, before making these last minute changes to today’s post, I was going to feature Cas Lowood, from Anna Dressed in Blood. Here is my own super sexy version of him:
Okay, that is possibly more creepy than sexy, but I did my best. Also, I don’t know why I forgot to give Cas a left arm…or feet!
The only other option I can think of is to let MBB die off.
Let’s discuss this. Please leave you feedback on what we should do about MBB. Would you like to see it continue, only without pictures and just a few quotes and fun facts about our favorite boys in books, or do you think that it will be too great of a risk to continue this meme at all?
Please remove any uncredited images from your MBB posts before leaving your link.