When Was The Last Time You Thanked Those Who Made Your Blog?

Filed as News on April 20, 2007 8:25 am

While the issue of sponsored WordPress Themes is still a hot topic, I’d like to address the issue of giving credit where credit is due.

I think a link in the footer of a WordPress Theme to the Theme designer is appropriate. By displaying it, you thank the designer and give them link credit for using the Theme. I like to think of it as a big thank you and virtual hug.

Have you hugged and thanked any of the other contributors to your blog lately?

Here is a list of those who may have helped you to create and develop your blog along the way that might need a little link love and recognition, as well as a thank you, for helping your blog become your blog.

  1. Your blogging program
  2. Your blogging program customer support or support volunteers
  3. Your blogging program’s development staff or team
  4. The web designer(s)
  5. The web designer tweaker(s)
  6. Plugin or Add-on Authors
  7. Clip art sources
  8. Photo sources
  9. Font sources
  10. Content sources
  11. Your web browser(s)
  12. Online validation services
  13. Online site testing services
  14. Web traffic analysis services
  15. Social bookmarking services
  16. Social networking services
  17. W3.org for setting the web standards you use daily
  18. Advertisers
  19. Search engines
  20. Pinging services
  21. Feed services
  22. Feed aggregators
  23. News aggregators
  24. Those you blockquote and quote from
  25. Sources of inspiration
  26. Sources of motivation
  27. Your web host
  28. Those who link to you
  29. Those on your blogroll
  30. Those you steal good ideas from
  31. Those you emulate
  32. Your family (who have no idea what a blog is)
  33. Your friends (who tolerate your blog talk)
  34. Your co-workers (who wish you’d stop talking blogging)
  35. Your feed reader
  36. Your news sources
  37. Technorati for tags
  38. Those who made you a favorite on Technorati
  39. The developers of PHP
  40. The developers of Apache or your web operating system
  41. The developers of MySQL
  42. Your feed subscribers
  43. Your guest posters
  44. Your Twitter friends
  45. Blogging friends who introduce you to new blogging friends
  46. Fellow bloggers whose ear you bend
  47. Bloggers you read
  48. Bloggers you read but never comment on
  49. The brilliant minds who invented spell check
  50. The friends who remind you to use spell check
  51. Friends who tell you when you boo boo on your blog
  52. Your visitors
  53. Your readers
  54. Your readers, even those who do not comment
  55. Your commenters

I’m sure I missed a few as there are so many who give so much to make a blog work. Bet you didn’t realized that it took so many. It’s a cast of thousands.


Lorelle VanFossen blogs about blogging and WordPress on .

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  1. By pelf posted on April 20, 2007 at 10:19 am
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    I always leave the designer’s link at the footer intact. As well as the person’s whose Flickr photo I use as my header image (I asked his permission to use his picture first). And I recently wrote an email to thank the designer whose theme I am using for coming up with a 3-column version JUST when I was looking for it. It was like, “You could read my mind!” :)

  2. Martin Stabe » links for 2007-04-21April 21, 2007 at 7:22 am
  3. By Tony posted on April 21, 2007 at 9:01 am
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    Great point Lorelle — we’re often the beneficiaries of open source work, and we don’t often publicly thank everyone who made if possible to use such great software at such an affordable price (free).

    I wonder if we should put together a day where we give communal thanks like this?

    Cheers
    tony.

  4. By Juan Millon posted on April 21, 2007 at 3:41 pm
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    You’re kidding right??

  5. By Lorelle VanFossen posted on April 21, 2007 at 7:40 pm
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    A day of thanks? Hmm. Well, the CSS Naked Day was a big “exposed” thank you to web designers. I don’t know what a big open source web hug would look like. ;-) But I’m game for anything that brings deserving attention to the many who work so hard to allow us to blog for free, or little or no money.

    I’d be in favor of setting up a scholarship fund or some money raising activity that helped students in web design, blog development, and other social networking educational programs…now, you got me thinking. There are some people I might have to talk to about making this idea a reality. Wonder if anyone else is doing something similar?

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