Plagiarism or Flattery?

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I just wanted to say a few (of my own) words about how much “sincerest forms of flattery” I post here.

  • For the record, I very often do NOT write completely original text for what I post here. I also don’t put everything I crib into quotation marks or create every graphic I post.
  • What I DO do is link to my sources and leave credits that are present. (Lots of graphics aren’t signed. I don’t sign mine.)

I know the quotation marks thing is very slipshod scholarship that would get me thrown out of academia, but I’m not writing scholarship so much as I am simplifying and sharing good stuff I find in what I read on the ‘net or at home in actual books.

I think of my posts as being the online version of what I’d share with someone I was chatting with in person or on the phone. Since I find that quotation marks make a piece a lot harder for busy readers to scan, I don’t use them much.

Scan: To skim quickly to catch the main idea and to decide if you want to engage your mind more fully and read more carefully. My graphics, indents, boxes, colors and boldings are all designed to make scanning easier for y’all.

If any of this bothers you, feel free to scroll past whatever I post. If you are the author of anything I crib and it bothers you, let me know; I’ll either take the post down or else rewrite it to include quotation marks and/or use my own words.

That is all.

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5 responses to “Plagiarism or Flattery?

  1. ” I very often do NOT write completely original text for what I post here. I also don’t put everything I crib into quotation marks…”
    So, you’re the Joe Biden of blogging? : )

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  2. you’re good – and you’re my favorite – all around #1 blog !

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  3. Don’t know what brought this on, but, I kinda thought this was understood. Just a casual, nicely-landscaped corner of the blogiverse, the good gardeners sharing stuff. Including that prickly old cactus farmer Pete.

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