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Please give credit where credit is due

First of all, again, I don't mean to sound rude about this, but this is something I feel strongly about.

However, I am a writer and I like to get credit for my writings. Part of the purpose of this blog is to gain readers.

You may not be aware of it, but any original work is considered copyrighted by the author/creator, regardless of whether a formal 'copyright' is applied and paid for.

Now, I don't mind people reposting my blog entries. In fact, I'd like to encourage everyone to do so, as it would bring me EVEN MORE readers.

I'm not going to sue anyone for copyright infringement, or anything silly like that. However, this falls into the realm of good manners and common sense.

If you repost a piece of my work, PLEASE credit me for it! Please. Don't post it on your private journal or to your communities without citing me as the author. Just saying it's a "Repost" does not, in fact, inform people that it is not YOUR original work.

The livejournal FAQ explains how to link to an individual LJ Here. You simply type < lj user = "ahavah_ehyeh" > (minus the spaces). Not only does that cite me as the original author, but it also provides a direct link to my journal. Otherwise, at least just say my user name.

And if the entry you reposted has a link, especially if it's to another site of mine where I previously posted it, please include that link in the post.

Honestly, I don't mean to be mean about this. But as a writer, this is important to me. Believe it or not, I actually put time & effort into my blog entries (it doesn't always show, I know...). Usually I'll think about a topic for a few days, decide how to word it best, write it up, wait another day or two to edit it, and THEN post it. Now granted, sometimes I'll feel strongly and let something fly out right away (like now), but I still try to be clear and professional about it. Because part of the reason I have this is to educate people, find readers for my writings, doula clients for my doula business, clients for my Reiki practice, etc. Sometimes I'll use my blog to log private 'journally' entries, but for the most part I consider this (for now) to be my professional website. I look for friends, yes, but also colleagues and clients.

Thank you for understanding. I hope no one takes offense. I'm really honored that people find my entries worthy of passing on. Just please do not (knowingly or accidently) pass it off as your own. You may have said you found it on a friend's site, but the responses show that people took it as your own. That is easily avoidable by just saying, "Hey, I found this on so-and-so's site". A link would be super-sweet, and I could have even gained more like-minded friends & colleagues from the gesture.




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Jan. 24th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
4give me...

I will go back right now and edit them all... I was unsure as to if you wanted it or not... I was going to ask you the next time you where on and I saw you.

it was just so wonderful and I just HAD to share.
*~* huggles if wanted *~*
Jan. 24th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, no problem, my friend. I appreciate your willingness to edit them to include a link. Part of it was just that I deliberated very hard over whether or not to actually crosspost it to my LJ -- and whether to let certain vanilla friends and colleagues know that I was into some kinky stuff. (LOL - a whole bunch of folks contacted me either here or privately to tell me that they were into that, too!) But finally I decided to go ahead, mainly because my MySpace account is new and I was hoping to draw some folks there via the link.

Honestly, I'm super-flattered that you liked it enough to pass on!

§ Always accepting huggles!§
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