Once upon a time WordPress only provided the user with a category option. Categories essentially worked as an organised sorting system which associated similar posts with each other making it easy for users to sort their posts and readers to find similar entries. This worked well until bloggers began to have extensive category lists when they were trying to sort their blog posts. It made it hard for them to describe a post in more specific terms so they created the wonderful tag we use so easily today!
Tags are different to categories as they don’t necessarily have to have any relationship to the post. In social media they are used to direct traffic. This is true for blogs as well however they are more commonly used to help provide meaningful connections to your posts, and for readers to click on and find other posts with the same tag.
WordPress actually do a great explanation of the two, click here to see what they had to say about the two.
As soon as you create an individual work you automatically receive copyright protection. It doesn’t matter if its sound recordings, or a literacy piece as long as its a personal expression of an idea you are protected. This means you cant publish content created by another unless you have permission from the creator, the work is public domain or the work is under creative commons.
A creative commons licence can be obtained by anyone who wishes to allow others to legally share, reuse or remix their work.
Since I am going to be actively engaging in this online blogging environment it means I am going to need to be aware what content I can legally share in posts like these, and if I am going to be sharing say an image how can I correctly attribute the artist so i’m not displaying the image illegally.
Below is an example of how to attribute the artist of the image when posting others photos on your blog.
When authoring a blog its important to be aware of the ethics and online code you should abide by in order to maintain a professional space and not offend readers. Blogging is great as it allows anyone to set up a space and express their opinion, however people need to remember that once you post something online your digital footprint is out there forever and there is no taking it back. In saying that throughout this blog I will not be posting any content that is likely to offend readers or violate the law. I will make sure everything I post is my own content so I wont be infringing on the intellectual property rights of others.
I came across this website that puts into words a kind of an ‘unofficial code’ of online ethics.