Okay, so you've been reading lots of cookie blogs and you've learned a thing or two.
You've used what you've learned to make some super cute new cookies!!!
(Woo-Hoo! Good For You!)
more on them later!)
But....now what do you do?
The questions start forming...
1. "Can I post these pictures?"
2. "Do I need to say that I used a tutorial?"
3. "How do I let people know that I used a tutorial?"
4. "Did the baker who posted the tutorial already give me permission to make these cookies and publish the photos, just by publishing the tutorial?"
Well, there aren't any easy answers, and I'm certainly not the expert, but I would say...
1. Yes, with some extra words of thanks.
2. YES!!!! (it's the right thing to do)
3. Lots and Lots of links to the original tutorial and website!
Publish as your own...um, no.
Do tutorial writers want you to use these posts and pictures to make your own cookies?
That's why we write them!!!
We love making cookies, and realize that for new decorators
(and experienced ones) some techniques are daunting.
We LOVE to help and answer cookie questions.
(quite frankly, we could talk about cookies all day long and these blogs
save our friends and family from having to listen to us babble)
If you're not sure when to give credit, think of it like a research paper.
There's always a bibliography, and sometimes footnotes,
giving credit to the original idea, author and source of information.
Here's how I like to do it....
Did I use a tutorial?
Yes I did, in fact, I used three!!!!
okay, did you notice that?
I mentioned the tutorials, thanked the bakers by name,
and then created links to their blogs when you click on their names.
If I knew how to do image-mapping, I would create a link on the photo.
Something Swanky has a tutorial for that!
on creating a 'cake on a cake stand' cookie by using two different cutters
and piecing them together.
These are two of my favorite bloggers and bakers.
I always learn so much from them!
(plus, they are super nice in real life too!)
I made sure I said which part of the cookie they helped me with,
and provided links to the exact post
so that my readers know where to go to learn the same thing!
I've done candles before and I usually use a wet-on-wet technique
to achieve the two-toned flame.
But these are little tiny candles.
No room for a wet-on-wet fill here!
What to do?
Hmmm...didn't I see Lilaloa do something like this with her candy cookies?
I sure did!
Lilaloa is another favorite of mine.
Not only does she make beautiful cookies, she is hysterical!
I always enjoy her writing and often laugh out loud reading her words.
I changed this technique a little by putting yellow and orange
side-by-side in the same icing bullet.
I was feeling lazy. It was the very last step before finishing these cookies.
I think it worked out great!!!
Even though I changed the method a little,
I still got the idea from Lilaloa and made sure to tell everyone!!!
I also emailed these ladies, letting them know I would like to use their tutorials in a post and got their permission to do so.
So there you have it. It's not hard really.
1. Just say thanks!
(who doesn't love a thank you)
2. Make sure to add links to your posts so that your readers
can have access to the same great tutorials you learned from!!
3. Email the blogger you learned from.
It's not always necessary to get permission beforehand (although its nice),
but definitely send the blogger an email with the link to your post.
By doing this, you are making sure they know you gave them credit
as well as giving them an opportunity to request that you change a link
or make a correction.
Who knows, maybe they need to give credit to someone for teaching
them the same thing and want to make sure that baker gets a 'shout out' too!
(Added bonus...you'll most likely make a new cookie friend!
Most cookie people are super nice...
how can we not be, we play with cookies all day!)
Thanks again ladies for all your help!!!
Are you wondering why there is a '100' on that cake up there?
Because the birthday girl turned 100!!!!
Thanks for stopping by,