I posted this image a long time ago on my photo blog, and since then it’s been my most hot-linked and shared image.
Following the links back from my server logs and stats pages, I’ve seen this image on Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Friendster, LiveJournal, personal blogs, and forums specializing in funny pictures, pets, pests, critters, acid rock, race cars, vampires, pirating, gardening, shopping deals, goth lifestyle, and many, many more in languages I don’t speak.
Although I think it’s cute, it isn’t anywhere near my best or my favorite image.
I used to get mad that people were stealing my images, but I don’t worry about that anymore. They’re not making me pay any more for bandwidth, they’re not claiming them as their own, and they’re not using them commercially (at least I don’t think so). And the only way to completely protect an image on the internet is not to post it in the first place.
So I don’t worry about it. After all, images want to be seen.