I’ll admit I’m like a fiend the way I check my Google Analytics, most often multiple times per day (there’s an app for that!), but I’m really bad about looking at my Flickr stats. Every once in a while I’ll sift through them to see where traffic is coming from that doesn’t originate from Flickr and I’ll find some interesting stuff.
I guess this all really started when I found out that the image above (blogged here) was used as the base for a pretty cool steampunk wallpaper. I was flattered when I saw it and impressed at the work that went into the steampunk conversion although, at the time, I was a little irritated because my work is not public domain and does not have a creative commons license. But, he did give me credit and a compliment in his post so I wasn’t going to make a big deal about it.
I may soon change the rights to my work over to creative commons because now I really don’t mind if someone grabs one of my images for a desktop background or incorporates it into a personal project as long as I get credit. But as soon as anything becomes commercial, that’s a whole different territory.
Since this had happened a few months back, it had sort of dropped off my radar. Lo and behold I was checking out my Flickr stats tonight and I kept seeing referring links from a Star Trek forum. “Now why in God’s name would a Star Trek forum be linking to my images?” I asked myself. Well, here’s the answer! I had a great chuckle seeing ol’ James T. Kirk in Victorian garb on the sepia toned bridge of whatever wayfaring steampunk’d space vessels (wessel?) he was piloting!
In fact, I’m not some huge Star Trek fan but I LOL’d at many of the image manipulations on the thread that contained this photo. Everything from a tatted Spock playing guitar to Lucille Ball in a Star Trek uniform.
This one made me laugh pretty good and, in fact, I think I’m changing my desktop wallpaper right now from the Hoover dam to Captain Kirk! Made my night…