Liked: blogging and the blogosphere – Snakes and Ladders...
"blogging, when done in this fashion and in this spirit, is also seriously dialogical, and I think there is a close connection between a dialogue-friendly medium and a forgiving medium"
I have enjoyed watching this "conversation" unfold and, once again, am reminded of the good old days when such blog-based dialogue used to be commonplace.
Alan's thoughts on vendoring as opposed to dependencies (also part of this dialogue and riffing on the topic as relates to coding) are interesting so allow me to reframe for blogging purposes:
When you vendor someone's words, instead of making a link to point to that external post, you copy those words directly into your own post ... You become responsible for them ... If you are willing to take on that responsibility then you really get to know that person's thoughts and may incorporate them into your post and also into your thinking.
This is obviously not recommending we plagiarise the words of others but that we quote them and take them to heart, build on them, imbue them with fresh insight and opinion.
Open source code relies on the giving of attribution when re-used — the same goes for blogging. A link to a post, sending someone away from your own post to read something else, acts just like a software dependency, the difference is that you have no guarantee of them actually coming back. That's why blogging is this hybrid beast where we do both.
Sometimes we are generous with our words and our time wanting nothing more than to point others towards the work of someone else, we link freely and expect nothing. Other times we must be a little more reserved, maybe even selfish, with an emphasis on quoting, so that our writing can be consumed as a whole without the distraction of making remote calls.
There is no truly right way to blog but there is a best way, one that connects our words to those of others, that shares as much as it borrows such that we are all the richer for it.