I have re-written this article many times and have come close to posting it but have backed away because I felt my thoughts were either too antagonistic (which I strive to avoid) or were just too self serving (which I strive to avoid as well). However, I feel too strongly about this topic for me to ignore it forever, so here is the gist of my thoughts.
I really like the word attribution and I find the lack of attribution disturbing. I bring this up because there are thousands of websites that absorb and regurgitate information published elsewhere for monetary gain without so much as a line stating where the original item was published. I used to have a major problem with them until I realized that there were just too many to deal with. There are lots of very good resources on how to deal with content theft. I applaud and support Lorelle and everyone conrcerned in their efforts.
I sincerely appreciate the effort of every one of you that has emailed me with information on yet another blog and/or “planet” site copying my content without pointing back to this blog and/or claiming the content to be their own. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your efforts and your continued support.
Simply put, if you are going to use content from this blog, you are welcome to do so, but I would really like a link back or a disclaimer stating the source of your content. If you are going to use content you found on this blog, I would definitely appreciate a link back or just a small thank you on your post.
Bloggers are ego hogs. I know that is a blanket statement and probably not true in every case. However, I believe that almost every one of us, even the most secretive types, crave that extra attention and the pat on the back. I know I get tickled pink when someone mentions how much traffic they got from WeblogToolsCollection or how useful they found the content. Conversely, I take criticism seriously as well. I try to fashion changes, updates, posting habits, design, display and anything else I can to make this blog a better resource to you, my readers. I am also really disheartened when someone claims that I am trying to raise my link rank (add some other buzz word in SEO) by linking to an obscure bloggers’ post, which I frequently try to do.
If you find content somewhere that you post on your blog or website, please add a little link mentioning your source or where you saw it first. I really am stating the obvious when I say that it increases popularity, increases camaraderie and finally gives everyone the pat on their backs that they deserve and crave. I will be the first to admit that I forget to link back sometimes but I try very hard to make sure that I do not overlook that detail.
I really wish others would do the same.