Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

December 11, 2010 by
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When authorities close the interstate highways, you know it’s a good storm.  So while we’re all cooped up cuz no one in their right mind would be out-and-about tonight…

If I could brag a little:

The past few weeks I was very happy to have The Bargain Sleuth mentioned as a reference on two bigger blogs, Rose Knows Coupons and Mojo Savings.  (I’m doing a fist pump right now) Both have much larger followings than little ole me in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  It’s very cool because that means I found some deals that no one else in the blogging world reported before me.  And I’m always happy to mention other bloggers in my posts because I really do like to think we are one big happy family just trying to help people save money on their purchases.

There are several other reasons I like to mention where I get my deals:

1) It’s common courtesy to the other bloggers who are spending a lot of time searching for deals.  I know this from experience; some days it can take a lot time to find interesting content for this blog!  Many bloggers have the same sources as me (there ARE certain areas on Amazon.com to find the rock-bottom prices and why many bloggers feature the same toys, DVDs and video games, Wal-Mart & Target’s daily deal sections of their website, emails from online stores that tell me about their latest deals, etc).  But if I read about a particular deal on my RSS or Facebook feed before I find it myself on a given store’s website, I give that blog credit for being faster than me. If you DON’T see a reference or source, then darn it, I dug that deal up myself!

2) It’s a way to empower YOU, the reader.  Anyone can do this bargain sleuth thing if they know where to look.  When I tell you where I found a specific deal, I hope you check out the other site because you may like other things that they post.  You can  then subscribe to them the way you subscribe to The Bargain Sleuth.  And besides the ego boost, the mention of my blog on others means more readers see the deals I post and hopefully I help more people.

3) Quite seriously and most importantly, I have a legal obligation to mention the other blogs because of copyright laws.  If I don’t mention where I get the deal and I don’t rewrite the deal entirely, I am guilty of copyright infringement.  As someone who has worked in the media and publishing (and will be again, thank you very much), this a HUGE deal and can involve fines, sanctions (shutting down the site), attorney fees and in worst case scenarios, jail time.  To be safe, it never hurts to mention your source! 

A few months ago Pocket Your Dollars mentioned this great blog on the ethics and etiquette of blogging.  The article is in the back of my head as I blog, remembering to put my source or thank you at the bottom of the blog before I even write the deal so I don’t forget to give credit where credit is due.

So thank you to the other bloggers who noticed me and my deals!  My ego feels a little soothed from the recognition that what I’m doing here in my spare time really does matter.  “You like me, you really like me!” Now I’m going back to some of the blogs I wrote earlier to make sure I’ve dotted all my “i’s” and crossed all my “t’s” and referenced everyone I need to reference. 

I hope all of you stay safe and warm until we’re out of this mess called winter in Wisconsin.  That just means more online deals to find for you tomorrow!

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2 Comments on Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

  1. Terra on Sun, 12th Dec 2010 1:10 am
  2. Well said!

  3. TheBargainSleuth on Sun, 12th Dec 2010 11:38 am
  4. Thank you; I've just seen a lot of SLOPPY blogging lately (and I'm not talking about my typos which I will go back and correct)…

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