Blog Etiquette

Borrowing from Kira of Her New Leaf, I bring you today’s civility lesson. To play nicely in the sandbox with others, one should follow certain rules. Kira gently outlines several “Thou Shalts” to help you have a happy experience in Blogland. (Fay’s personal comments are at the end.)

For starters, Kira says:

Why do you blog? You have something unique to share with the world. So share it! It’s okay to share others’ ideas once in a while. In fact, it’s good to share the work of people you admire, and it can be a great way to meet other bloggers. But if you are constantly “re-blogging” instead of just blogging, your readers will catch on fast.

Sharing is one thing, but it is never okay to steal the work of others without giving the creator credit. Here are my general rules for sharing content:

Credit, credit, credit. When I talk about an idea, post, or photo I found somewhere else, I like to go a step beyond linking to the source and write a few sentences about how and where I found it. I also use the writer’s real name, as long as they use it publicly on their blog. This can make your words of appreciation go even further.

Don’t take everything. This especially applies to DIY tutorial-type posts, including recipes. If I were to use every image and word, readers would have no reason to visit the original post. Borrow one or two photos, write your own description of the post or project, and allow your readers to follow the link.

To learn more, go here:

How does this apply to me, Fay Moore? It says that when hubby is back on his feet, I need to get busy producing original content again. In this period of hubby’s ill health and my stress about getting all the fall crops in, I have relied heavily on the work of others to carry me. So in a few more weeks, I’ll get back to my own opinions a bit more. Hope that doesn’t scare any of you away.

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