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Kat M Bee
I’m a kick ass community manager, website producer, and content manager!
I’m a kick ass community manager, website producer, and content manager!


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Great article on preparing yourself for freelancing, BEFORE you start!

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Need to design or develop your on WordPress website? Check out my new page on tips, code snippets, plugins, themes, and all things WordPress for the DIYer!

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Testing out a new plugin by the Genesis StudioPress Team! Check it out:

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Another beautiful responsive theme by StudioPress! Good for all you DIYers! :D

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This is beautiful! I hope I get to see this one day soon. :D
This is the coolest thing I've seen all week! - Sky Punch

Thanks to +Terry Boswell and +Mahei Foliaki over on Facebook for this amazing photo

This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it's the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover. Freakishly weird!

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Love his view on watermarks, Creative Commons Licensing, etc.
Why I Don't Use Watermarks

I get this question a lot, and I know it came up in the live hangout last night. I know my opinion is different than many other photographers, and that is okay.

As you may know, my work is all Creative Commons Non-Commercial. That means people, as long as they give credit and link back to , can use my images on their blogs, wallpaper, personal use – anything – as long as it is not used commercially. Every day, I upload a HUGE 6000+ pixel max-resolution image to the Internet. I do not have any fear at all… Believe me, it’s quite liberating living in a world without internet-stealth-fear.

People that want to license our images regularly contact our licensing team – we get many of these every day of the week.

So why don’t I use watermarks? It’s a multi-part philosophy –

1) Watermarks look ugly. Whenever I look at a photo with a watermark, often times, ALL I can think about is that watermark! It's so distracting. Maybe this is just me.

2) Legitimate companies do not steal images to use commercially. So I don’t have any logical fear there. *In case of emergency, break glass and see #4

3) There are other services, like Tineye (and Google) that can help my team easily find bottom-feeders.

4) We do register our images with the copyright office, so if someone uses an image commercially without a proper license, it is an easy lawsuit.

5) I don’t have to maintain two versions of each image – one with a watermark and one without.

6) NOT using watermarks and using creative commons helps more and more people to use your image freely for fun, which increases traffic and builds something I call “internet-trust."

7) As image search and image recognition get better and better, there will be no need to watermark things. In 1 year+, we'll be able to r-click an image and choose "Google-find the original creator" -- there is a bit trail to first-on-the-internet.

8) Yes, last, there will be bottom-feeders that steal your stuff. I call this the cost of doing business on the internet. These are the Tic-Tacs that are stolen from the 7-11. It is impossible to maintain 100% of your digital inventory, so wanting "perfection" in your online strategy is an illusion.


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Hi Kevin! I just saw your segment on Chris Brogan's "Shhh! The Secret Show" ( and would love the recipe for the Chai you made.

Would you mind posting it in the comments here?

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