No my blog is not going to turn into a how-to guide for blogging. There are plenty of blogs dedicated to that topic doing a great job. I am however going to vent about a recent post I stumbled upon.
I get there are only so many ideas and I don’t have a monopoly on them. That said, if you are clearly inspired by someone there are ways to go about giving that blogger credit. I don’t mean, “hey that’s a great idea I want to write about it”. I mean, “hey that’s a great post, I’m going to change it up a tad and run with it”. Like add a sentence or two, keep your entire idea, words, subject matter and all but just say it’s mine because I added a sentence… Yeah that really happened.
In the future, do.one.of the two things listed below to avoid making the blogger feel like crap after they actually took their time to write the post and now feel like their time has been wasted, their thoughts, and hard work have been… stolen. Proceed to do one of the following–
- You can link back to the blogger’s post, or their blog in general depending on the situation.
- You can reblog.
A lot of time, thought and effort goes into writing something that gets skimmed over and read in less than 5 minutes. I can understand there are varying levels of techsaviness and blog etiquette knowledge, what I can’t understand is passing off someone else’s words and ideas as your own. If you were clearly influenced by a post in particular (especially if the content and very words aren’t your own), the right thing to do is to give that blogger credit at the very least.
By sharing or linking to another blog you aren’t going to lose your followers. There isn’t a limit on the number of blogs a reader can view and they don’t have to choose between yours and the blog you are giving credit to. If that’s the case, then you might need to reevaluate your content because your blog should be able to maintain it’s own following (no matter the size) even if you direct traffic elsewhere.
As much as I love blogging, I’m conscious that there’s always something I could be doing instead. Dishes, cleaning, cooking, talking with my husband etc. I try to limit my blog time to when the girls are sleeping or preoccupied with something else, but there are times that I am engrossed in what I’m doing and it cuts into time I should be doing something else. That’s my choice and responsibility, but it makes me feel like all of my hard work is for absolutely nothing when someone goes and takes my words and passes them as their own. So please, be conscious before you post. Make sure you would be ok with someone utilizing your post in the way that you use theirs.
At the expense of losing a follower (or a few) I hope this post is taken for what it is; an honest expression of my feelings of my work. If you honestly just weren’t aware, no worries! I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt, that’s why I’m posting this as a general public announcement and not reporting you so your blog gets taken down, emailing you what I thought when I came across the post, or calling you out specifically. No hard feelings, just make sure to spread the blog love, there’s enough to go around!