Blogging Etiquette: The Linkback

This past week I posted a few cartoons, cards, and other amusing bits that I thought my readers would appreciate. And it seems that many of you did! So much so that you re-blogged the items and I am glad that you did since that helps others learn of my blog.

But I also noticed this week that in a couple of instances folks did not link back to my blog. The result, of course, is that the readers of those fine blogs will have no idea about my blog. Our blogging superhero Jim West posted a few comics but DID include a HT and linkback. When I suggested that he not also post the comic, since otherwise there was no reason for his readers to come to my blog, he kindly kept the linkback but removed the comic. Thank you Jim! (By the way, I have communicated with a number of comic artists who have told me that for traffic reasons they prefer that bloggers host the image they are commenting upon on the blog’s site and then linkback to the artist’s site. That is called “hotlinking.”)

So at the risk of sounding like a whiner, I would like to ask that if you repost something from anyone’s site that you be sure to attribute or cite the originating blog. It is basic blogging etiquette.

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