Note to self: Always remember to thank the person whose photo you’ve used

Published on 1 September 2012 in , ,

As mentioned before, I release most of my photos through a Creative Commons license. This means I allow people to re-use my photos as long as they credit me, and if someone ammends or alters the photo in anyway, the revised photo is released under the same license.

Goodness knows how many of them are used but every now and then someone posts a comment on the flickr page to say that they’ve used one of my photos for some reason. Telling people that you’ve used their photo is a nice thing to do and something I do myself when I use someone elses photo.

Or at least, I try to do…

This morning I noted a comment on one of my own pictures from someone who had used one of my photos as the background to a certificate they’d given someone who’d walked the South Downs Way. Ah, that’s nice I thought, with a little happy glowing feeling.

Then I suddenly realised I’d put up a blog post in August which used someone’s photo and hadn’t told them. So I hurriedly posted a belated thank you on their flickr page.

“Oh larks,” I cried as I spotted another, and another, and another.

My backlog went back to April. And then, lo and behold, it got even worse when I spotted one from August last year!

The problem is a matter of workflow. I regularly write blog posts in advance (usually late in the evening) and then schedule them for publication later (roundabout lunchtime the next day.) If publishing straight away, it’s easy to remember to put a thank you on someone’s flickr page. But when automation comes in to play then it’s easy to forget.

I’m not sure there’s an easy solution to this, other than to simply make that mental note. Always remember to say thank you. It makes people feel happy and gives them a little glowing feeling. Now just try to remember it…