Blogger Etiquette = Good Neighbours

I started blogging in 2004 when we were transferred to Ahousaht. I began with the old faithful Blogger blog. The blogging world is a world of it’s own, and for the most part extremely friendly. You want your blog to gain exposure and you do that by making friends and connections. I have an amazing group of friends that extend from Florida, Connecticut, Oregon, Seattle, Pennsylvania and even merry old England! A few years ago we even vacationed together in Rhode Island.

Now, my point to this is that the internet and the world of blogging can be a wonderful thing. There is however some etiquette that goes along with it.  I won’t bore you with all 962 points (that’s a wild guess), just one that I feel needs addressing:

Don’t Steal/Post Other Blogger’s Content, Work, Photos or Videos

You might think this would just be common sense not to do, but sadly it is not. Especially with new bloggers. It’s not just rude…it’s plain wrong. And don’t think that people aren’t aware of it, because let me tell you, people notice.

If you are inspired by a fellow blogger’s post, it is acceptable to post it on your blog ONCE you ask and obtain permission and then it is customary to thank them by hyperlinking back to their website. (IE: GoldRiverBuzz is a link. Typing www.goldriverbuzz.com is not a link.) Even if you put your own spin on the post, use a different photo, etc., you are taking their content without permission. Big no-no.

It’s very hurtful and frustrating to the original blogger, and no way to co-exist.

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3 comments to Blogger Etiquette = Good Neighbours

  • Lisa

    Well said!! I do hope that it never happens to you. I can’t imagine anyone would be so vile of a human as to rip off al your hard work.

  • As a blogger myself for many years – and photographer, too – I couldn’t agree with you more! It’s stealing someone else’s hard work to just “lift” things from someone else’s page/post/etc without the courtesy of asking. Most bloggers I know are happy to share their content for the mere cost of receiving credit in the form of a hyperlink.

  • Joanne

    AKA plagiarism, which is unethical and illegal if the original source is copyrighted.

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