I hope to contribute to discussion about blogging and reblogging. I’ve written previously about referencing and the avoidance of plagiarism. Today I’m going to look at blogging and the theft of creative copyright and intellectual property (the content of our blog posts) which is wrong, and the use of reblogging which by many is considered to be a grey area.
It is clear that theft is wrong, so when someone steals work on a blog site and passes it off as their own, they are plagiarising someone else’s work and we will stand against this. This type of theft is black and white – don’t steal our work.
I try to set an example for my students as to the correct ethical behaviour and always try to correctly reference other people’s ideas and work.
Reblogging allows others to share your blog on their own or other sites but this should provide a link back to the original blog and should only display part of your post, not he whole article.
It transpires that although we can disable the reblog button on our own WordPress blogs, it does remain active on the WP Reader. It is integrated into the Terms and Conditions we have with WordPress that can be reblogged/shared. The only way to have some control over this is to stop using the reblog button.
However, I’m not sure blocking the reblog option is the right move because there are a lot of bloggers who post and respond to “prompt” blogs. A blogger will post an image, phrase etc to encourage others to share their ideas and responses to these prompts, using the reblog button to share the original post. I, myself, participated in one of these and they can be an enjoyable part of the blogging experience so I would certainly not want to discourage this type of fun and creative activity
Therefore, while we may not wish the reblogging button used in more detailed, lengthy blogs, there are other times where the reblog button is an integral part of the blogging experience (prompt blogs).
Reblogging does have a purpose, but I don’t think it should be forced upon us; it should be our decision and not something enforced on us through the terms and conditions. Our only way to counter this is to stop using the reblog button when posting pieces like this.
I am turning off the reblog button with my posts – well I will when I figure out where to do this – oops.