|A Question of Blogging Etiquette
||[Feb. 8th, 2009|11:20 am]
As I travel through the interwebz, I have found that lately it has become common practice that if you are going to quote or link to a blog you leave a comment on the original source with a snippet of how you utilized the piece, perhaps with the title of your post. To me, if you quote a blog, link to it in your post and then leave a comment on the original blog letting the author know that you quoted them, you have a higher form of the citations and bibliographies we were all taught to create when in school, because not only are you citing your sources, you're also letting your sources know that they have been cited.
To me, this is a perfect example of what living in the Information Age is all about. Let's say that I write a piece, link it in my post and then let the OP know that I have been inspired by his work. He now has a direct link back to my piece where I quoted him and there exists the possibility of open communication between the both of us, further expanding upon the ideas that were put forth in his blog. Because we are discussing something that the original author himself wrote about, I don't have to worry about drawing him in; he should come ready to see what I have said about what he said and give an immediate reaction if he thinks my thoughts merit such a response.
(That is not me writing in the photo.)
Recently, I wrote a couple of different pieces where I was combining a whole bunch of thoughts and resources, but in my haste to post and cross-post, I forgot to go back and let the author know that I had used his work. Yes, I linked to the original piece prominently, but I feel bad for forgetting to let the author know I had used his work. I don't feel like I've plagiarized, but I regret that the authors won't have a chance to react to my piece while it is fresh. By failing to properly comment them, I have also deprived them of interacting with my audience and reacting to my reader's reaction to my piece.
I wonder what is the proper way to handle this situation now that I'm aware of my blunder.
What is proper etiquette: comment the blogs like I just posted only to let them find that the entry has long since past or not comment that I've used their material?