Life has taught me many lessons as a blogger that if the lesson does not kill it will make me a stronger person. The transition for me into general blogging from sports journalism after a long hiatus from any type of writing at all has at times been like a roller coaster ride at an amusement park with highs and lows. Although the two types of writing have some similarities and clear differences.
Although this rule about attributing and citing a source a very basic thing, I learned as a journalist. This rule is not always applied to some blogs I’ve read recently. Honestly, some bloggers are in such a rush to build this amazing blog that tons of people would read, that they have forgotten two most basic rules of writing. If not for ignoring those two rules and not always applying those rules in posts that cause bloggers to fail. Newly developed blogs come tumbling down like a bulldozed house when these rules are ignored.
Your blog followers will bring this to your attention or stop reading your blog altogether.
The scrapping error will quickly be brought to a bloggers attention and all affected posts will need to come down on your blog if you are not smart about what you post.
It is simple if the posts are not correctly attributed and sourced then it does not belong on your blog or any blog out there for that matter. Throughout media industry, poor attribution and sourcing happen daily. That does not mean in any way that it alright because everybody may do it. In order to keep your own integrity and the public’s trust in you as a credible and good writer, it best to fix issues, like what I speak of, here right away once you gain the knowledge that an issue or problem exist.
I share this information not to show you how stupid some bloggers can be but to educate and tell you, so you do not make the same rookie blogging mistake that I see new bloggers make. Keep in mind while writing that, if you cannot attribute the source the information on your blog and or writing then it best not to include it in your writing at all until you can properly attribute and source it correctly. Better to play it safe than be sorry later.
Go forward, I hope bloggers learn to definitely source and attribute everything on their blog that needs such a reference, giving credit where credit is due.