Written by:2010/03/26 08:11 AM
Do you give credit to all the blogs that you’ve read that might have contributed to your post?
Research is one of the foremost factors in a good quality blog post. I do a lot of reading, surfing, browsing around the web before I write a post. Trying to find out what other people say on the subject.
I am no Guru, there are certainly more intelligent people than me out there in cyberspace. There are a lot of fantastic posts on any given topic or subject found all throughout the internet.
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I am also reminded that there is nothing new under the sun. Almost every subject has been covered by someone somewhere. It then begs the question, what is original?
Recently it was hinted that a post of mine was not an original post and that it was very similar to someone else's post. While I agree that there are some similarities, it is no way my intention to use someone else's copy.
It then becomes extremely difficult to mention a point or write on a topic that someone else has not written about.
If I write about commenting on blog posts. You can find thousands of posts that cover the topic. Good for research, bad if you want to come up with something new.
A lot of the topics that I write about are influenced by my research and the blogs I read. The question is then how do we give credit or should we give credit?
Similar to a bibliography, would we put links at the bottom of our blog mentioning all the other blog posts we have read that have influenced or played a role in the current post.
In the recent incident I read 15-20 posts on the subject. There were a lot of points and topics that were similar across all posts, naturally those bled into my post. Should I have mentioned all 20 posts that played a role in the final outcome of that post?
I want to give credit where credit is due, but when a particular point or topic is so widely spread it becomes difficult to know who the original author of a particular point is.
I would like to know what your thoughts on the matter are? What do you do?
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