Thursday, August 21, 2008

If you want to share give the author credit

Some Christian homeschoolers have a problem linking to secular or inclusive homeschool sites. Apparently they are ashamed for their friends to know that they visit inclusive & secular homeschool sites. On the other hand when they see something they like they don't mind posting it on, on their site without giving proper credit to the author. Some of them even have the chutzpah to submit it to the Carnival of Homeschooling where it will attract attention. Apparently it never dawns on them that those pesky secular & inclusive homeschoolers will read the Carnival of Homeschooling and will notice when their friends work has been used without giving proper credit to the author. When we have the nerve to mention who wrote the parody, list or whatever our comments are deleted, how dare we point out they are using someone else's work without giving them credit. Christian Homeschoolers are by no means the only ones guilty of this a secular homeschooler pilfered the Bitter Homeschoolers Wish List giving Deborah Markus yet another reason to be bitter.

So here are some tips for sharing things on your blog:

If you see something you like link to it. Instead of posting the whole thing on your blog give a teaser. For example: I saw this great parody of I Will Survive (the first year of homeschooling) at Natalie Criss' blog Rambling Rants and Remedies ~
First I was afraid
I was petrified.
Kept thinking I could never teach
’Cause I’m not certified.
to read the rest click here.

Be sure to give the authors name and a link to their site. If you can't do that because you don't believe in linking to inclusive or secular sites then as much as you might like their post don't share it on your site. Even if you don't claim it as your own work, not giving credit just isn't right. If you don't know who wrote it do a Google search. A Google search on I Will Survive (the first year of homeshcooling) pulled up these results. Natalie's blog was the very first one, so it is easy enough to find out who wrote the parody.

If you do share something without crediting the author (presumably because you didn't know who the author was), when someone lets you know who the author is acknowledge it and apologize. We all make mistakes and I am sure the author will be understanding. Don't delete the comments and refuse to credit the author. It makes you look small and if you are a Christian blogger it makes you look hypocritical especially when your blog is loaded down with bible verses and how Christian you are.


  1. Totally agree.

    I understand how some of this happens, especially when something is popular enough that it starts making rounds on forums (where an awful lot of content is copied completely from websites and blogs without proper attribution or links) and someone may not really realize or think about the fact that where they got it from (especially if it is from an internet "friend") may have violated copyrights in sharing it.

    But once the situation is made known, it should be a definite, "Oops! So sorry and I'll fix it immediately!"

    I've had it happen to me a few times, but predominantly in forums rather than on blogs. It is annoying when it is your entire post and no one asked. The funny thing is, I've given permission to everyone who asked and felt honored they wanted to share it with someone.

  2. I am sure most of us would feel honored if someone wanted to share our work as long as they gave us credit. And I don't know anyone who wouldn't understand if proper attribution and links were neglected because you didn't know the author as long as they fixed it once they knew and apologized. The attitude that "I don't have to give the author credit because I don't approve of them/their site" baffles me.

    And I hope this post will help for the ones who just didn't know that giving credit and providing links is the way to share stuff they like. I am sure some people never intended to annoy the author they just didn't know how to share something they liked.

  3. Thanks for the clarification. I had linked to it from last week's carnival entry. I noticed that link was broken, so the song was probably removed. I've updated my own links to the correct blog. It's a great parody!

  4. Thanks jugglingpaynes, have you seen the music video? it's so cute!!!!!

  5. This is such an important point! And it is so poorly understood by so many people. Have you seen Lorelle's article I Love Your List! I’m Going To Copy It!?

  6. Thanks for recommending Lorelle's article I Love Your List! I’m Going To Copy It!?

  7. I can understand someone not wanting to link directly to a site they feel is offensive; the way around that is to give the author credit and then direct one's readers to Google it for themselves if they're interested. I've done that from time to time on my blog with an explanation as to why I'm not doing a direct link.

  8. That works for me, since you give the author credit.


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