I have been blogging more and thinking about blogging more in 2021. One thing I have noticed around the web and on social is that lack of attribution and/or a common style for attribution e.g. Elements of Style.
A favorite blogger of mine CJ Chilvers retweeted Tina aka Swiss Miss:
I have been reading Rebecca Blood’s book the weblog handbook
I arranged the book in roughly the order I expect most people approach the subject, first explaining what weblogs are and why anyone would want to read or maintain one, and then moving through more practical considerations: how to choose a tool to update your site, how to make your weblog stand out, and how to attract an audience. I answer commonly asked questions about weblog etiquette, explain what you need to know about living online, and give you some suggestions for dealing with burn-out. In short, I’ve done my best to get everything I know about maintaining a weblog — any kind of weblog — onto the page so that you can benefit from my experience.Rebecca Blood about her book the weblog handbook
Here is a review from her site:
“ This book almost rivals Strunk and White’s Elements of Style in eloquence and utility. ”— Herkimer- Perkins
I recommend the book.
If you use something. Link to it.
If you quote something. Give attribution.
The internet before social media was about sharing.
The social media internet of today is about having your moment. About your personal authority or influence. If you use an idea that works for you who cares where it came from right? You used it better! Wrong.
Do the right thing. Be a good citizen of the internet.
Updated: PS: if you need a paper copy here is a link to one at Half Priced Books.
Austin Kleon in his 2014 book Show Your Work quotes C.S. Lewis about being an Amateur.
The fellow pupil can help more than the master because he knows less. The difficulty we want him to explain is one he has recently met. The expert met it so long ago he has forgottenC.S. Lewis h.t. to Austin Kleon
That is the power of the modern internet. Finding others amateurs to help you on your journey. That is why I started to write. That is why I hope you write on your own blog.
There are far too many amateur’s posing as professionals putting together courses to make a buck, selling you the 9 steps to a successful life.
Rather find a fellow student in your field but who might be a few grades ahead of you and ask to study together.
Alanis Morissette: All I Really Want (1995)
Why are you so petrified of silence
Here, can you handle this?
Did you think about your bills, your ex, your deadlines
Or when you think you’re gonna die?
Or did you long for the next distraction?
At the moment you feel distracted. That is the moment to press forward. What is in that moment? What pain are your seeking to avoid by picking up your phone? By opening another tab. Having a drink? What is that?
The answer will help resolve issues.
Us Texans have had a rough week. The once in 100 year winter storm that the state did not prepare for cause it just might not happen. It happened.
I spent too much time on twitter. I started to fall into the blame game trap.
Thankfully I read Austin Kleon’s blog. He writes daily.
He posted Look for the helpers which is a video a quote from Fred Rogers sharing a story his mother taught him.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. Fred’s Mother
Then he posted a video of a wonderful man twitter named Thor Harris teaching a simple way to fix your own pipe if it busted. Here is the Link
Reading this blog post vs doom scrolling twitter changed my outlook and my actions. I walked about my front door today and looked for neighbors I could help with their downed trees.
Looks for the helpers. Be the helper.