Quick and clean today. (Hears Kristen Lamb whispering in my thoughts: “It writes the words or it gets the shoe,” *shudder – smile*). Note: I only use WordPress, results may vary with other platforms.
- Copy & Paste: After providing attribution, copy & paste the headline of the desired post, highlight it – click add link, copy and paste the post URL in the pop up box. Tip: Always add a period to the end of the post title before inserting the URL, even if the post ends with a question mark. The reason: The period acts as a stop for the link so that it doesn’t carry on. Example: D.D. Scott: Authors: Why Self-Publish/Indie Epublish?. Remove the period after the full entry is ready to go, if necessary.
- Share only what you read: While you may be sharing another person’s post/work, you are putting your stamp of approval on it by sharing it. This applies to tweets, Facebook shares and all other types of sharing. Read first, then share.
- Excerpt equals Appetizer, not Four-Course Meal. Often the opening sentence or paragraph are best, otherwise find a juicy spot that teases a click-through to see the whole. Never “excerpt” more than a paragraph or two and avoid the heart of the post – the object is to send traffic to the other person. Sharing more then this would be a “repost” and you should communicate with the original author before posting it.
Ethical sharing pays the highest dividends – play nice and others will often reciprocate the kindness.
Writing Resources posts tomorrow morning if you’re interested in a full post example of the above – or just looking for the best of the blogsphere *smile*