(Sorry about the re-post. For some reason my real account has all its topics closed upon posting them.)
I have a personal blog at http://techc0re.wordpress.com/ which I post technology news at. Its somewhat active, but nothing major (almost 9k views since February of this yr). Whenever I make posts, I search Google for a relevant image and useit in that post. I do that for 99% of all my posts. Instead of uploading each image to my blog (which would fill up the 3GB quota fairly quickly), I use the direct img url and just give credit to the site it's from.
Yes, I know, it's hotlinking which isn't the best thing to do. Seeing as my blog is just a personal blog and I'm not 100% serious about, I don't wish to pay to have extra storage space.
I'm curious as to what is suggested that I do so I don't get in trouble for hotlinking, etc? Would it be ok if I uploaded the images to a media fire account and used that with credit towards the image owner or something like that? I've put a fair amount of work into typing reviews and posts for my blog and I wouldn't want to see it go to waste over something I could've avoided.