I rewritten and edited this post several times as I wanted to say it all in a way that was clear and understandable. I've needed a lot of time to think and process things so that I could clearly express how I've been feeling and what needs to be fixed because of the mistakes that I (unknowingly) made. I'm not going to get angry and threatening as some people have been towards me -some things need to be taken with a little grace especially since I feel that so much of this has spun out of control.
There has been a ton of drama on my blog in the last 12 hours. I've always felt that it is better to let people speak their minds rather than to monitor comments -but now I completely understand why people choose to monitor them. I think it's totally fine to speak your mind but when it gets personal, it stops being OK. I really do my best to understand where people are coming from and although I completely understand what was being said now, I just felt that it got too personal. If it had been said in a "nicer" way, I wouldn't have been so hurt. When something or someone jeopardizes the well being of my loved ones or myself, I'm of course going automatically to take some defense to it without clearly thinking things through.
I wanted to let people know something that I was unaware of and am glad to know now: Reprinting or copying even printable coupons is not allowed. I wasn't aware of this because for instance, on RetailMeNot and on other coupon websites, users post printable coupons with the same bar code (I'm not talking about promo codes -they post coupons too) and thousands of people all over the country print that same exact coupon. But I was told yesterday that that is not allowed so I wanted to be clear about that. I do know that people often use the same coupon over and over again or share them with their friends but I I've learned that is not allowed and it's something that I won't be doing. So let's be safe and NOT do that.
I have to write this post because I feel that it is important for everyone to know -I personally did not know about these rules. I want to apologize to anyone that may have been misled.
In the last 24 hours, I've had my identity stolen and I've been somewhat harassed and threatened and it's really not a good feeling. When I first learned that someone was stealing my hard work and calling it their own, it killed me. Sure I got defensive but I have every right to be defensive and feel upset. It tore me up because I literally pour my heart and soul into everything I write whether it's blog posts, silly random blabbers, essays, stories, lyrics, or poetry. Writing is my life and to have someone take it from right under me felt like a slap in the face.
What made it worse was that this person was being paid for just copying and pasting my full posts consisting of my photos, word for word thoughts, and reviews -if she had at least linked me/given me credit and let me know that she was posting my posts just because she liked and wanted to share them, I wouldn't have been angry. Sure taking photos and written work from my makeup posts and even photos of my hands was one thing but the last straw was when I saw a copied post of when I went to my grandma's house for Christmas and another post that talks about my little sister. I just couldn't believe that someone would fake MY family for theirs. That just made me really mad. I am extremely protective of the people I love and there are too precious to me for someone to just go and do that.
And then it got worse. What really sucks is if you do something wrong without knowing it's wrong! And then having people threatening to report you and telling you that you'll be put in prison when it was never your intention to do something wrong or misguide your readers (and I'm not even clear about this because I've read both sides all over the internet.) I have no idea if these two horrible experiences are linked -I've never had any major drama here so it's crazy that all this happened right after I let you all know that my work was being stolen. A coincidence? Maybe. But the thing is, I can admit that I was wrong -even though at that point in time I didn't know it was wrong -and that's the point of this post and I just want to move on from this.
As for the girl, I by no means want this girl to get in any serious legal trouble although I did mention lawyers in the heat of the moment out of anger. All I really want is for her remove all of my pictures and written content from LUUUX and for her to remove the work of others. Her LUUUX dollars should also be taken away because she did not earn those fairly and properly using her own tools: brain, camera, laptop, etc. She used mine (along with other bloggers'.) If she were to start her own blog using her own belongings, photos, and thoughts then shoot -I'm all for it.
So with that being said, I may take a break from blogging. I just wanted to let you know that if I am absent for a while, it's because I'm just sick of this drama and need to breathe. I was seriously having a great week -the first in a long time. I was looking forward to reviewing my new products (Revlon ColorBurst glosses, Coralista blush, etc.), share more Random Snapshots, and get started on my Valentine's Day giveaway but I'm so out of it now. I'm just upset. But I do want to thank my wonderful readers who stuck up for me concerning the last post -I am really grateful to have you. I am also so blessed to have my supportive family, friends, and boyfriend. Thank you.
P.S. About watermarks -it did occur to me that my photos could easily be taken but I just seriously put a lot of trust in people. Also, I don't really like how watermarks look. And if you put them on the side of the page or something, the person will just remove it anyways. So for now, I won't be watermarking -I'm going to give this another chance. But I guess if the problem continues, there's nothing else that I can really do. If you'd like to use any of my photos, feel free to use them but be sure to link it back to the original post -that's all I ask. And please, never use photos of my family or friends -they are off limits.