Several times--on this forum and on book blogs--I've read people counseling bloggers to ask another blogger's permission before linking to his post, even if you're linking to it because you really love it and want to send some traffic his way. I'm wondering what the reason for this point of etiquette is.
I have a blog that belongs in another corner of the blogosphere where it's perfectly all right to link to other people's posts without notifying them first. For instance, Blogger A might not only link to, but also quote from Blogger B's post (sometimes extensively!) in order to build his own argument. It's not stealing or plariarising because attributions are made and links are provided.
So let's say that Blogger C touched on something in a review that Blogger D agreed with and wanted to expand on in his own review, why would Blogger D have to wait for "permission" to link to and quote from Blogger C?
Also related: what's wrong with publishing first and then saying, "Hi! I loved your review so much that I couldn't help quoting it when I was writing my own! I hope it brings you traffic . . ." etc.?
Thanks, KJ! =)
LOL! "I wish not to be associated with you." The ultimate snub, aye? ;-) But given how many people link in tweets without asking first, I think we all have the sense to see that unilateral linking is hardly association!
But I'll also keep an eye out for "Don't link to or quote from my posts without permission" rules from now on. I really wouldn't want to offend someone when my intention is to call more attention to work of theirs I admire.
I'm really not sure. I'm just starting out with my book review blog, so it's an interesting topic for me too. I'd like to know what others think.
Personally, I think that I'd ask for permission just in fear of offending someone, but I also don't see anything wrong with quoting someone else's review. In my case, I wouldn't mind if someone quoted my review, especially since I also post my reviews to Goodreads, Amazon & Barnes & Noble sites as well as on my own blog. I'm sure sometime part or all of my review is wound to wind up somewhere else on the web. My only hope is that if it's used elsewhere, I'm told about it so it's not just flying out there somewhere without my knowledge - but then again, I know that's possible with posting things publicly on the Internet.
Another thing is that I think if someone seriously wants to be contacted before someone quotes them, then it should be clearly stated on their site that way. I know sometimes people don't look everywhere on a site first, but if it's clearly stated what the blogger's wishes are, then it's more likely to be followed that way. When people don't know what's expected, they can't be expected to follow the rule.
I agree with you, Michelle. Given that we already link to lots of other stuff without permission (from news stories to author Web sites), the "default" status is that it is all right to link and quote without asking first. But when individual bloggers make their contrary preference clear, we have to respect that, too.
Hi, I am just starting out. I have a free website which is hosted so I am turning into a Blog for reviews. Any tips would be welcome.
I have had some reviews on my book and did wonder if it was okay to quote from them without having to go through the lengthy process of contacting etc. But of course I would write and tell them. So this thread is really interesting. :))
As long as the quote isn't too lengthy and the link back to the reviewer's blog is easy to find, I'm sure it will be all right! =)
Good luck with your blog, Katy!
I don't see why not! =) I wouldn't know what technical issues would arise from that, though.
I think that clearly states where I stand. I realize we won't always hear about it, but at least it's on there now. Again, I don't see a problem with it, but I know some people do.