Today's topic is the discussion of how to give/receive credit when credit is due, and general guidelines that should be followed. I'm not saying these are rules set in the book or anything, but quite honestly, it's just a way of being respectful towards authors and other bloggers as well.
First of all, even though many of us state that we're merely "expressing our opinions" it DOES NOT mean that we should bash are say anything harmful about the author in reviews. In personal conversations, fine, do what you want, but in commenting or reviewing a book, being bashful upon the book or the author or even the blogger reviewing the book is REALLY rude. Think about it in this context:
- You're writing a book and after a LONG period of time, it finally gets published. You're nervous but also elated about the fact that people are going to start reading what you have written and bloggers especially will be reviewing it on their blog and perhaps on Goodreads as well. Then on comes along someone who writes directly on their review, or someone who makes a comment, that it was the stupidest/worst piece of crap they have ever read in their lives. Yea. Or...
- You're new to blogging and have just put up a review/discussion/some other kind of post and you really don't expect a lot of people to read it anyways. It's merely just... up on the Internet! Whoever reads it can read it and you really don't expect much because you're new and haven't really gotten a grasp of anything! Then on comes along someone who tells you your idea is imbecilic/idiotic.
Alas, credit and plagiarism. It seemed to have blown off the rails the past few months with quite a few bloggers talking about plagiarism. I personally have not been involved in it, but I do have a few things to say. Before you take ANYTHING from another blog, think about how that will affect them, and think about how hard they worked to put that review, or design that header. Then you come waddling in and just STEAL it from them. I MEAN, IT'S LIKE TAKING CANDY FROM A KID WHO BOUGHT IT WITH MONEY FROM THEIR LITTLE PIGGY BANK, CRUEL.
You know what you do, you can either quote them, or maybe even ask them nicely before you take things from their blog. Plagiarism is really complicated, and sometimes you take someone else's idea and you're not even aware of it. Maybe you just saw it before and it stayed in your head. I'm not saying that if someone accuses you of plagiarism to always give in, maybe there was just some sort of misunderstanding, right? So be respectful, and work it out together.
I think that's all I really have to say... if you have any other ideas of rules/guidelines/ethics, you can leave them down below in the comments. Or if you just have something to say about what I said, you can comment down below as well! :)