Rebloggers – Why Are There So Many of Them?

September 4, 2008

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Originally Published at Journey To Get Paid in this article.

I don’t reblog very often.  When I do it’s mostly because it’s something that really interests me.    However even sites like Gizmodo or Lifehacker will take stories found somewhere else and write another article about it.  This in and off itself isn’t much of an issue.

The issue lies in the fact that Lifehacker wrote about someone else’s article, in turn someone else writes about the Lifehacker article, then another person writes about that article.   Instead of original thought or words there are huge amounts of people that are regurgitating information and creating a buzz.   The problem lies in the fact that the original author often times do not get credit, the credit goes to the large sites.   This is a great misfortune since the only way to find out where the true information comes from is by chasing link through link.    That is if the chain of attribution is intact during the whole line along the way.

If you are a reblogger, please write something original.   I would say write something original most of the time.  Put your words and voice into someone else’s story, but also tell one of your own.

Originally Published at Journey To Get Paid in this article.

15 thoughts on “Rebloggers – Why Are There So Many of Them?

  1. From Leicca on Vox – http://creeva.vox.com/library/post/rebloggers–

    I couldn't agree with you more Creeva. Your only protected on your work so long as you can prove it is your own and if a larger site has somewhere along the line laid claim to your writing/art then it is stuck in everyones mind that they are the creator and nothing you can do or say will change that.

    Sadly the internet does not come with an etiquette book for those who choose to ignore their lack of creative juices and instead steal others thoughts.

  2. From Me on Vox – http://creeva.vox.com/library/post/rebloggers–

    Ironically some told me this post (on another site) was “meta” since I'm someone that pushes out work to multiple sites. I left a message back along the lines that it's my interaction with a community – I still reply to comments, I just don't really believe in creating something specific for a community.

    That and since migrating away from using RSS feeds and strictly handling my data – all the information I crosspost is mine alone.

    Ironically I just got an email (and replied) from a stranger looking at crossposting between livejournal and wordpress.

  3. From Leicca on Vox – http://creeva.vox.com/library/post/rebloggers–

    There is a huge difference between meta posting and stealing someones work and claiming it as your own.

    Color me confused as to the comparison there. It is like comparing apples to oranges IMHO.

    Yes, some consider meta to be impersonal. But it is only impersonal if you do not reply to comments or interact with the communities you post with. That being said you have negated their argument by replying to my original response to reblogging lol…

  4. From me on vox – http://creeva.vox.com/library/post/rebloggers–

    I agree – I love the communities – I just don't believe in the walled garden – just because person X uses this service and person Y uses that services I'm not going to write original content for each exclusively.

    What I do is a bit impersonal – but I still troll most of the communities and interact with them when I have something to say – now if only I could pull in all my comments from different sites into my main blog – but that's a challenge for another day.

  5. From Leicca on Vox – http://creeva.vox.com/library/post/rebloggers–

    I had to go creative commons attribution no derivative works and watermark my stuff. I actually found one of my images on someone elses blog with no credit given to me. They did however link it directly from my site! So I uploaded a new image with my company name watermarked across the image.
    Yeah, they pulled it down since they could no longer treat it as if it was their photography… nice.
    I now watermark everything and no longer allow linking or any use without consent. Sad how one asshat can make you jaded.

  6. From Leicca on Vox – http://creeva.vox.com/library/post/rebloggers–

    I couldn't agree with you more Creeva. Your only protected on your work so long as you can prove it is your own and if a larger site has somewhere along the line laid claim to your writing/art then it is stuck in everyones mind that they are the creator and nothing you can do or say will change that.

    Sadly the internet does not come with an etiquette book for those who choose to ignore their lack of creative juices and instead steal others thoughts.

  7. From Me on Vox – http://creeva.vox.com/library/post/rebloggers–

    Ironically some told me this post (on another site) was “meta” since I'm someone that pushes out work to multiple sites. I left a message back along the lines that it's my interaction with a community – I still reply to comments, I just don't really believe in creating something specific for a community.

    That and since migrating away from using RSS feeds and strictly handling my data – all the information I crosspost is mine alone.

    Ironically I just got an email (and replied) from a stranger looking at crossposting between livejournal and wordpress.

  8. From Leicca on Vox – http://creeva.vox.com/library/post/rebloggers–

    There is a huge difference between meta posting and stealing someones work and claiming it as your own.

    Color me confused as to the comparison there. It is like comparing apples to oranges IMHO.

    Yes, some consider meta to be impersonal. But it is only impersonal if you do not reply to comments or interact with the communities you post with. That being said you have negated their argument by replying to my original response to reblogging lol…

  9. From me on vox – http://creeva.vox.com/library/post/rebloggers–

    I agree – I love the communities – I just don't believe in the walled garden – just because person X uses this service and person Y uses that services I'm not going to write original content for each exclusively.

    What I do is a bit impersonal – but I still troll most of the communities and interact with them when I have something to say – now if only I could pull in all my comments from different sites into my main blog – but that's a challenge for another day.

  10. From Leicca on Vox – http://creeva.vox.com/library/post/rebloggers–

    I had to go creative commons attribution no derivative works and watermark my stuff. I actually found one of my images on someone elses blog with no credit given to me. They did however link it directly from my site! So I uploaded a new image with my company name watermarked across the image.
    Yeah, they pulled it down since they could no longer treat it as if it was their photography… nice.
    I now watermark everything and no longer allow linking or any use without consent. Sad how one asshat can make you jaded.

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