I love the way WordPress support people just hang on my every word and serendipitously post the perfect article pertaining to questions on which I am obsessing at any given time.
OK, logic tells me that it isn’t really magic, more like internet triggers that connect information sites with people who want to know. I admit that I have been searching the support pages for re-blogging information.
The question of re-blogging is one that bothers me a lot. The rules of correct citation of articles, papers, and texts are not strictly enforced as they are in a language class at a high school or university. No one whips out a theoretical red pencil and “corrects” what we write, and plagiarism is rampant…although it is mostly not intentional.
Sure, it could be argued that commenters in an online chat room don’t know and don’t care if facts are really true or if they are “fake facts.”
So what do we expect from blogs? At times all I expect is a nice poem, or a page of pretty flowers, an outrageous point-of-view or page of insults. Jokes, comics. How to raise children; How to raise chickens; How to bake an apple pie…all interesting. But I also turn to certain bloggers that are knowledgeable and educated to some degree on topics of world upheaval or historical background on new or on-going crisis spots across the globe. No one can know everything about everything.
This is where the subject of re-blogging comes in. I often re-blog posts from other bloggers. Criteria for a reblog is that my readers know exactly where the piece comes from: who wrote it, the reason for re-blogging it, and where to find it. Sometimes it is difficult to trace back to an original source…then decide if it should be para-phrased or quoted directly.
The new re-blogging system of WordPress is good, it takes care of notifications to the original blogger…although there should always be that information in the very top of an article. Admittedly I’m lax about this, and although try to specify the original source in the headline of the post, and include an introduction as to the author. A link is easily copied from the address bar.
The thing that worries me is that someone will think that a post is mine, where in fact it is written by someone else.