If you’re reading this and write for a high-traffic blog, this post is for you.
If you happen to come across a post here on Albotas that you’d like to share with your readers, LINKING BACK TO US MATTERS! If something is posted here that doesn’t have a (via) link at the bottom, that means we either got the info from a press release or social media, or we searched and dug through the far reaches of the Internets to find awesome original content for our readers. And we ALWAYS check to make sure that what we think MIGHT be original content hasn’t actually been posted somewhere else on the blogosphere first.
Now, obviously most bloggers within our same niche are tuned into a lot of the same news channels as us, so it’s inevitable that other sites might come across the same cool things and share them with their readers. But every now and then, there are telltale signs of shenanigans like when we send our link as a news tip to a site & they run the story without credit. Or when we find a cool picture, dig deeper to learn the story behind the picture which leads to more pictures from more sources, then cite all those sources in a post, only to have bigger blog whose staff members follow us on social networks post the same story, pictures, and links a few days later.
Albotas has been around for nearly seven years. We’re no strangers to having our content go uncredited. This is the digital Wild West. It happens. Some people just forget or are complete jerks. But just remember, we don’t get paid for this. The ads on this site make about enough money to buy a candy bar each month. Maybe one day I can have this site be my full-time job (although, nearly 7 years later and it still hasn’t happened), but until then, it’s the links from the big sites that keep more awesome new readers coming in.
Besides, if you’re getting paid to write for a high-traffic site, you should really know better anyway.
(And seriously, Albotas READERS ARE FREAKING AWESOME! Every now and then I get an email from one of you guys telling me how much you love the site and our videos. It means more than you could ever possibly imagine!)
As a person immersed in China writing for several years, I’ve grown accustomed to the particular nomenclature which comes with the field. There's “China’s rise,” of course. “Getting old before they get rich,” “mass incident,” “leftover women,” and “little emperors” are others you see a lot. Some of these words are better than others (“mass incident” is kind of weird, if you think about it), but, during the course of my work, I’ve come to terms with them.
But there’s one term that I cannot stand, a term that I, normally a flexible sort of guy, simply refuse to use. That term is “netizen.” You’ve probably seen it around: Mainstream newspapers and magazines use “netizen” liberally, usually without explanation. And, despite occasional pushback—Time once included the term in its list of words to be killed in 2012, and even the China Dailymused about banning it—“netizen” lives on.
I understand this, I really do. I understand that netizen sounds better than “internet user,” and that a precise Chinese translation of the word—wangmin—is widely used. But it’s time to get rid of “netizen.” It’s inaccurate, obsolete, and outdated—the verbal equivalent of an East German phone book.
I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on how we are so busy telling other people not to be oppressive to our communities that we have little energy left to deal with what’s going on inside of our own communities.