Reposting another’s blog post or article: when and how
The urge to repost can be tough to resist–whether it’s because that article you read was written so succinctly well, or because after post after post of coming up with fresh content, you just can’t think of what to write next. (Which, if the latter is the case, stay tuned for my go-to writing lists to give you inspiration.) And while it’s okay to post other’s work once in awhile–make sure you do it correctly.
Some ideas to add a fresh spin to it:
- Make it a habit to add your own thoughts and opinions on the topic before the quoted content
- Summarize the content in your own words
- Transform that article into a bullet list of ideas before linking to the original article
- Cut up the article into chunks of content, and add your thoughts or counter-opinions before each section
But always, always protect yourself and give the author his or her rightful credit. This has been the bane of online bloggers–and results in piracy and plagiarizing if the content is not cited properly, as well as the reason why PIPA and SOPA are potential bills in the making.
You wouldn’t want people to grab and post your original work without attributing it to you, so don’t make the same mistake, whether purposeful or unintentional, yourself. How to credit that article properly? Glad you asked!
- Always ask for permission to use that person’s/site’s content before doing so
- Exception: when quoting a brief amount to use in your original article
- Always put a link to the original work
- Add a bit of verbiage about where and who the original article came from
- Make sure you do the same with photos you use in articles – linking and attributing
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