a long story about a big conundrum in the world of blogging and what i'm doing about it moving forward.
Oh Victoria. So sorry for what you’re going through. It is simply criminal what this company is doing.
Your plan for the future, though, sounds absolutely terrific. Count me in.
Hope you get some much needed downtime this weekend. Take care.
What a cynical and predatory business model. It doesn’t seek a constructive remedy to a live complaint from the creator; it’s just a money-grabbing scheme. I’m really sorry this is happening. I know you are always diligent about crediting others when possible.
This sounds so stressful Victoria. Also frustrating. I'm so sorry this is happening.
I'm all in on your future plans - personally I love studio and home tours from artists and designers so this is right up my alley.
xo - M
Hi I think that sounds like a very positive way forward and I’m so sad that you have been subjected to this it’s unbelievable - I will be subscribing to your substack from next month as I love your work and find it so inspiring always . Sparking much much joy here in Cape Town so thank you x jeanne
uuuuggghhh.... It so pisses me off when small business, in your case, posting colorful, joyful and inspiring images and content get taken advantage by "predatory" companies on the hunt to make money. sorry, but fuck them.
Onward! Your followers love you and will continue to be inspired by your adventures and your finds. so very sorry you have to deal with this shit. breathe and take a long walk in beautiful Laguna Beach
Faaahhhhhkkkkkk! This makes me so angry. It sounds like pure extortion. I wish I was a lawyer, I would volunteer to represent you in a heartbeat. I am guessing you will get a few volunteers. In the meantime...is there anything else we (collectively) can do to? Smear campaigns of said Company on Social? Better Business Bureau calls? Letters to Senators or Representatives? I don't want the assholes to win. Let's fight!
Okay, I am done with my rant. I really do share your frustration.
Your biggest Fan,
How ghastly!! I am so sorry that this is happening to you. As the Roman’s say, Daje! (& the Venetians say Duri i Banchi) 😘✨
i am FLUMMOXED by this horrible episode in yours and others creative life. it’s an awfully greedy thing The They do feeding off everything around them. the weight of it is absolutely felt through your sharing about it. i would not characterize this as personal:
it is absolutely professional and creative genocide.
I'm so sorry to hear that you are going through this, Victoria. Delighted to continue to support your creative vision. It is the lovely pause in my day that I always look forward to.
Be well. ~ JoAnn
OMG. This is crazy. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. It also kind of freaks me out and makes me want to delete any old blog posts from back in the day! I’m excited for your new direction. Always with you 100%! ❤️
Victoria, I'm so sorry to hear you are going through this. Your blog has been such a source of inspiration from the very beginning, and to think someone is doing this to you (a person who has always shared photographers and artist's work - mine included -with such thoughtfulness and respect) is heartbreaking. I'll continue to be a reader and subscriber, and if the posts are fewer than usual that just means I'll get to treasure them that much more.
Wow! So many questions-like in the state of CA can you be sued retroactively (is there a statute of limitations) for this, espeically since the images no longer exist online? Is there a possible way to gather up the other design bloggers to possibly stop this predatory practice. I mean I had a blog for sometime and had never thought, since it's down, this could happen but possibly I am missing something? Also, we see the use of imagery to enhance people's instagram feeds, will these company go after them as well?
I am so bummed you would have to lay out ANY money AT ALL, I feel as if you were being bullied, since you have been SO good about sourcing imagery to the best of your ability, for YEARS!! I would never have the patience and determination that you have exhibited. On that note, I am an artist, with a big ole studio, feel free to use any of my imagery, just sayin' ;)
Hang in there! We appreciate what you do!
This made me so angry to read what you’re going through, so I can imagine how you feel. So frustrating! 🤬
But don’t worry, I think you have a strong community of followers around you, here to stay!!
Good luck and have a nice weekend ❤️
I remain a happy subscriber!
I wonder: should abandoned old blogs that have photos that are potentially ‘owned’ be deleted permanently?
OMG….this is awful, I’m so sorry you have been selected by these assholes!! So frightening and stressful, honestly just criminal. I’m totally with ya, I’m in 100%❤️
all the best to you, Victoria! Sorry you are dealing with such hell! We are here for you wherever you decide to go! xo