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Blogging Question

This may be a bit OT, but what is the etiquette for linking to other bloggers websites.  Should you ask permission before you link?  What about your blogroll list?

I've heard different views on this from "You must link or no one will ever read you" to "If you link without permission you will burn in hell".

What are the thoughts here?

shiggins
Thursday, December 18, 2003

I link at will,  They're posting on the internet,  so it's accessible to everyone anyways.

However,  if they ask me to remove it.  I do.

Michael Koziarski
Thursday, December 18, 2003

Link away.  The only thing I usually ask permission to do first is to link to someone using their real name when they don't have it prominently displayed on their site.  Or (ahem, speaking theoretically) if someone has a blog they don't want their abusive husband to find, I might not link that.  ;>

Sam Livingston-Gray
Thursday, December 18, 2003

Also keep in mind that "no one will ever read you" is the de facto state for weblogs regardless of any actions you take.  I generally assume that five or six of my closest friends read my blog, and that nobody else will.  Sometimes it seems like I'm just blogging for my partner, who complains if I get into heads-down coding mode and forget to post for a few days.  (=

See:  http://shirky.com/writings/powerlaw_weblog.html

Sam Livingston-Gray
Thursday, December 18, 2003

Also, if you mention anything that you found in someone else's blog, you should include a link to give them credit.

Julian
Thursday, December 18, 2003

The protocol seems to be "it's ok to link as long as you agree with what they've said, say nice things about them, boost their ego, act as their cheerleader and drive more readers to their site". I broke that one a couple of times a while back and had some amusing exchanges when I disagreed with a couple of people's posts and posted rebuttals on my site... 

And as for the "no one will ever read you" state. Even if they do you'll never know because they'll never leave comments ;) I blog just for me, generally, apart from the odd picture for the relatives. I like having somewhere to dump my thoughts, it being a public place makes me more disciplined in the dumping process which makes the results more useful to me in the future, and you never know, sometimes those thoughts are useful to someone else...

Len Holgate (www.lenholgate.com)
Friday, December 19, 2003

"you'll never know because they'll never leave comments "

What happened to weblogs??
What happened to blog software that records the #

Tapiwa
Friday, December 19, 2003

Thanks all for your thoughts.  I also use my blog as basically my technical "journal".  As I figure out how things work I post it there so I can get to it at anytime.  I also find that making it public makes you more apt to write often...ya know just in case someone IS reading it, I don't want to disappoint them.  Ha Ha Ha :)

shiggins
Friday, December 19, 2003

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