Ethics In Blogging, the discussion
We're getting back into discussion mode in a big way today with the topic of "Ethics in Blogging." What guidelines must we follow as bloggers--attribution, disclosure, honesty? Have you had an experience with plagiarism (victim or perpetrator?), and how did you deal with it? Do you have recommendations to new bloggers about how to ensure that credit is given to whom/where it's due?
These comments are mine and mine alone. If I offend anyone, I truly apologize before hand.
Bloggers are an extraordinary bunch. We read, we write reviews, we interview authors, we have guest posts and giveaways, we participate in several fabulously popular Meme's like Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting On Friday, and Feature & Follow Friday to name a few. We are also a resilient bunch when it comes to change and what is expected from us.
FTC's new outlay:
Let's take the current nonsense with the FTC's new disclosure guidelines that has a bunch of us confused and thankful that people like Rachel from Parajunkee was at BEA this week to give us an overview of what is expected from us. The FTC truly wants to know what our relationship is with authors, publishers, and if we are getting paid to participate in blog tours, writing reviews for compensation sake, or are the authors friends of ours. Personally, I think the FTC and the government itself asks for way too much personal information that they don't necessarily need, BUT, I'll go along with the idea of posting a warning saying that MOST of everything I've read has come directly from the publishers through NetGalley or Edelweiss with the rest coming directly via borrowing them from my local library which never asks for compensation, and probably never will. I will honor that agreement by saying that I HAVE NEVER BEEN PAID TO READ OR WRITE REVIEWS. Would I like to in the future? Absolutely!
Unless we've been living under a rock for the past year, or since last years Armchair BEA, there has been a bunch of silly nonsense where bloggers have chosen to steal comments, reviews, and ideas from others. This is just elementary that you JUST don't this EVER! If you can't come up with your ideas, then please don't try to post a stolen review! Plagiarism gives bloggers not only a bad name with the rest of the blogging world, but publishers become wary about working with you again in the future.
ARC's provided by Publishers SHOULD NEVER BE SOLD!
Dearest, adorable Bloggers, I come to you today, especially the newbies, to say please don't try to sell your ARC's via Ebay or anywhere else. It absolutely gives the community a black eye and it's embarrassing. If you want to give them away to your friends, family, or libraries, or hell, just pass them to another blogger who really wants it since they most likely were DENIED by the publisher, then do so. This should be part and partial of the blogger initiative to inform those who still do sell ARC's to cease and desist before we ALL lose out
Giving Credit where Credit is absolutely due!
This sounds simplistic in nature but you would be absolutely surprised. Give credit to the authors, publishers, graphic creators, place where you "borrowed" the image from for your reviews, and above all don't try to push them off as your own design when you KNOW that you were not paid for putting the image together. Hey, if you were paid to put the image together, you are stellar and amazing! I personally don't get into quoting books when I'm reviewing. If I do, by chance happen to find something that will make the review even better, then I quote page, and whether or not it was an ARC or finished product.
I would encourage everyone to click on the links and take a peek at the rest of the bloggers who have graciously participated in this discussion. There are some awesome ideas this year, and one's that should be considered when posting your reviews, or doing any sort of giveaway.
Thank you so much for stopping by!