As a freelance writer I was totally psyched when I saw this tweet.
Me? Popular Mechanics? Tried to attribute?
I clicked right over. Here is what I saw.
Is that my refrigerator?
What the hell?
Yes, Popular Mechanics used a snapshot I took of the inside of my fridge for a flickr meme.
It was one of those things where you were supposed to just take a picture of your refrigerator exactly as it was. No cheating, no straightening things up or hiding gross food. This was probably five years ago.
I forgot all about it.
This was not Popular Mechanics quoting my very clever witticisms. They were not using a post I wrote as a source of something smart or important. They weren’t even using one of my nice, well composed, artful photographs. No. Popular Mechanics was using a picture of my actual refrigerator and my real food that I probably fed to my babies to illustrate an article about breeding Superbugs in the home. Hey look everyone klebsiella pneumoniae! Would you like to come over for dinner?
And they didn’t even spell my name right.
Not that this will stop me from telling people (you know, my mom, my neighbors) that my photography was featured in a recent digital edition of Popular Mechanics.
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I would like to mention that 1) I have since purchased a much larger and less wrecked up refrigerator and 2) I don’t have to drink Bud Light anymore.