Giving Thanks and Crediting People for Their Work

I ran across a blog today where the author was saying how frustrated he was with people stealing his stuff and not giving him credit for it. It seemed to bother him so much that he was questioning what he was going to do with his blog after he returned from vacation. His name is Garry Conn and his post was entitled People are Really Starting to Frustrate Me.

It is something that would frustrate me too. The thing is that I think we have all been guilty of it at one point or another. My friend Matt was a bit frustrated with me that I didn’t mention his name in my post about the debate. At first, I argued that I did not steal his ideas directly, but I have to admit that through our discussion, new ideas were generated. And so some amount of credit was due him.

You know, part of this blog is about offering up what lessons I have learned in life so that maybe a few of you can learn from my mistakes. Not giving people the credit they are due is a mistake and I know it. I don’t know if I will flawlessly pull it off in the future. However, after thinking about this more, I do want to start giving people more credit for what they do in my life and what lessons they are helping me to learn. And hopefully pass them on…

This brings up another topic that I want to write about in a future post. It is about saying you are going to do something and then not doing it. It is about your integrity. If you say you are going to do something, you better do it. This is a lesson that I really need to work on. Luckily, I have friends like Matt who will always give me heck if I don’t live up to what I say I am going to do. For that I give him all the credit he is due. He certainly deserves it.

Lastly, I want to give a shout out to 2 simplicity bloggers I ran across. First there is Sara @ On Simplicity. Her blog is really refreshing. She is one who has a lot of original content and who I will certainly give credit to if one of her posts inspires me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also I want to give a shout out to Jack @ Simple Sapien. His posts are very thought provoking. I like his one post entitled, 11 Signs You Should Quit Your Job. You will certainly see me writing more posts about work and career related stuff. It is a passion of mine. I just seem to be too wrapped up in politics and the economy right now so look for those types of posts after the election.

So that’s my Saturday Rap. Check back next week for three more great new blogs I have found.

9 thoughts on “Giving Thanks and Crediting People for Their Work”

  1. Hi Jeremy – Yes, giving credit where credit is due is important, and often something we can overlook. I think as long as we keep it in the back of our minds as we post, we’ll at least have a mental check list, of sorts.

    I’ve read Sara’s and Jack’s great blogs, but haven’t been on Gary’s or Matt’s. Thanks for the heads up.

    Kudos to you for also showcasing your new (blog) finds. You and I are on the same page. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Barbara Swafford’s last blog post..Who Taught You – Open Mic

  2. Giving credit where credit is due is very important. I think with bloggers, they are so worried about losing readers, subscribers and traffic that it causes many to be on the defense.

    The reality of that though is the fact that doing this also weakens your blog from providing resourceful information. Consider Google for example. They don’t hoard all the links and traffic. People go to Google to find things.

    If Google didn’t link out, then no one would use Google. So, the same goes with a blog. When an author covers a story or provides a tutorial, etc… they have to link to the source of information. Otherwise, they fail to provide their readers with the best information available.

    Thanks for writing this post, and also thanks for including my post as a reference in it. I really enjoyed reading it and how you expanded from it.

    Garry Conn’s last blog post..Win and Make Money Online When You Join PepperjamNETWORK

  3. @Stubsy – Thanks for commenting. As for saying one thing and doing another, I would say concentrate this next month on not making any new promises and simply keep up with what you already said you would do.

    @Barbara – Thanks for taking the time to comment. We are definitely on the same page. I truly believe in the link love concept. Your site is pretty good. I have your RSS Feed. Keep up the great work!

    Cheers,
    Jeremy

  4. I call that “credit” link love, Jeremy. I give lots of it on my blog! I think it’s great to bounce ideas off of and inspire one another. It forms a close blogging community if done correctly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for following through on things we say we’re going to do. Sometimes it happens – although I try to make sure it doesn’t! I’m a gal of my word. If I ever don’t follow through it’s because I try to help too many people at one time! (Makes note to self to stop doing that.)

    *smiles*
    Michele

  5. There are many great comments here but I will add two thoughts:

    1. There is no such thing as original thought.

    2. Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

    You have a useful and informative site here. Thanks for your thoughts…

    “All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Kent @ The Financial Philosopher’s last blog post..‘I am grateful that fate has hit me so hard…’

  6. @ Gary and Michele – Thank you both for visiting and being an inspiring voice in a sea of not so useful blogs.

    @ Kent – Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Thank you for those addition thoughts, especially the first one.

    The book of Ecclesiastes says that there really is nothing new under the sun.

    There is another great writer who said that all thoughts are stolen, but a great writer knows how to hide the source. Ill give someone a cookie if they can tell me who said that one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. You’re most welcome, Jeremy! And… I just realized the first two sentences in my second paragraph came out a wee bit crazy! hehehe I think I was editing or something and didn’t finish fixing it so it was written correctly. Oh well!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

    *smiles*
    Michele

    P.S. And thanks for calling me an inspiring voice – that made my day!

    Michele’s last blog post..Guest Post: Even Writers Need to Back Up

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