Oh, who am I kidding? I could never be here. My hair is too short.

Oh, who am I kidding? I could never be her. My hair is too short.

If you’re like me (and who wouldn’t want to be like me…well, okay, don’t answer that), you enjoy fun and interesting pictures to adorn your fun and interesting bloggity blog words.

I mean, what’s a post without pictures?

Words.

Boooorrrring. (Unless you’re Stephen King, and I’m guessing he doesn’t blog too much).

I knew the man couldn't be writing all the time. But wait. Did he write the song he is playing? Probably.

I knew the man couldn’t be writing all the time. But wait. Did he write the song he is playing? Probably.

But what if you’re like me and are photogenically-impaired?

No. No. No. I didn't mean that you are poppy-faced ugly. I meant you can't take good photographs.

No. No. No. I didn’t mean that you are poopy-faced ugly. I meant you can’t take good photographs.

What if you have to rely on other people’s images to help your blog visually pop?

You (and by “you,” I might actually mean “me”) could get into a hurt locker full of trouble.

In this country, you (and by “you,” I sure don’t mean “me”) can stockpile as many assault rifles as you want, but we have a zero-tolerance policy on copyright infringement.

Hmm. If i take out my lip gloss, I think this little baby will fit in my purse.

Hmm. If I take out my lip gloss, I think this little baby will fit in my purse.

Since I don’t want to end up in the slammer, and I can’t resist using other people’s handiwork in my blog posts, I had to come up with a solution.

Since I’m a dizzy blonde, but not a dumb one, I found the answer.

So listen up, People Who Pirate Photos From Google Images Like I Do.

Yes, I'm talking to you.

Yes, I’m talking to you.

Not all of those images are copyright protected! Yessiree!

And there’s an easy way to find the ones you can safely (by “safely,” I mean no one will slap you with a lawsuit after your post has been Freshly Pressed and people finally start to notice you–talk about a total buzz kill) use.

Do you mean I didn't have to take those supplements and spend years at the gym to get noticed? All I had to do was violate copyright law? Ah, shucks.

Do you mean I didn’t have to take those supplements and spend years at the gym to get noticed? All I had to do was violate copyright law? Ah, shucks.

Here’s how.

  • Using the search bar, type in the kind of image you want.
  • Before you hit the “search” button, hover your cursor over the “tools” icon (looks like a gear) at the top far right of your screen.
  • Click the little gear thingy and a drop-down list will appear. Click on “Advanced Search.” You’ll feel so superior knowing you are in the advanced class of Google Images Searchers. It’s worth going through all of this just for the ego boost.
  • A new screen will pop up. Don’t panic. Take a deep breath and simply scroll down until you see the last option setting: “Usage Rights.”
  • Click on the little arrow and you’ll see your options for the types of copyrighted photos that Google will show you. The first one is all images (even copyright protected ones). The second option is the one I pick now that I know about this feature. I know that any image Google shows me is fair use. I can’t change it–that’s another option–but I can use it.
  • Click on “Advanced Search” (the blue button on the bottom) and you will be returned to the Google Images search screen to search with peace of mind.

See? It’s that simple to be legal. At least as far as displaying images that you didn’t create are concerned. Sure the selection is limited, but that only creates more of a challenge for your bloggy imagination.

And, yes, all the images in this post are fair use. Furthermore, none were harmed in the making of this post.

Are you sure about that?

Are you sure about that?

I hope you find this information useful. Let me know, will you?

And if you know about any other neat tricks to keep me out of trouble, I’m all ears!

And this is why we should try to stay away from tired idioms.

And this is why we should try to stay away from tired idioms.