Blog this article, please

Blog this article, please: ZDNet.com has a link at the bottom of each story that invites readers to “blog this.” The link takes you to a copy-and-paste, pre-formated blog post. Here’s an example of their suggested post for a recent Steve Gillmor piece. It’s like a feature I use in MarsEdit, except the ZDNet folks have pre-written some copy.

(via: B.L. Ochman, who doesn’t really care for the idea. She says, “ZD Net thinks bloggers will want to be told what to write, what links to use and how to format their posts? Not this blogger. But I bet they will get lots of takers.”)

  • Mikey

    Not be a rabble-rouser, but she says, “So let me get this straight: ZD Net thinks bloggers will want to be told what to write, what links to use and how to format their posts? Not this blogger. But I bet they will get lots of takers.”

    The question after “So let me get this straight:” seems to imply that she thinks ZD Net is wrong, but then she says “I bet they will get a lot of takers.”

    Any media company that encourages bloggers to link to them is a million times ahead of NYTimes and AdvanceNet (oregonlive.com) and others that hide old content behind registration and such.

  • Dan Farber

    We added Blog This as a convenience –no one is forced to use it….

  • David Berlind

    To Dan’s comment, I’d add that if you look at where we provide the feature, we start out by saying “If you want to include this posting in your blog..” “This posting” refers to sample text that we’re offering as a matter of convenience. If you don’t want to include the sample text in your blog, then no worries.

    Not only that, nothing prevents someone from modifying the sample before publishing it on their own blog. So, for those who don’t want to take our boilerplate as it is, they can take it as a “remix head start” for their own blog, if they want.

    I wish more blog infrastructures would offer this as a standard feature.