Do we have quality control in the blogosphere? Wait–don’t answer that question.
I’ve been a curious observer of the “professional” blogging scene at places like BeliefNet, InsideCatholic, and such. One of my bugaboos is the post in which the blogger ctrl–c’ and -x’s some long section someone else has written. It’s a big problem when there’s no link provided and the whole article is reproduced. I think most amateurs are doing this less frequently. Even with a link, I still think it’s bad form, as in this post of an otherwise excellent blogger. Isn’t it enough to post a teaser line to catch the readers’ interest, and offer a link? I click on links of essays I’m interested in, don’t you?
When I work professionally, I get paid by the item. Do professional bloggers get full commission when the post includes 25 of their words, and 536 of someone else’s?