Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ok, this is one of those blogs I probably should not write, but since its my birthday, I am going to do it anyway, and hopefully I'll get a pass.

This past Monday I attended and covered the Washington Wizards game, and I interviewed some players (Deron Williams and Earl Watson in case you're wondering), and then I used those quotes in this article

The next day, one of my colleagues wrote an article about John Wall, and in this article, he used about three or four of the quotes I obtained in my earlier interviews. There was no mention of where or who he got the quotes from, until after the article was completed. Even then he only wrote:

Thanks to Rashad and Truth About It for the quotations

Now for some perspective, when some of my other colleagues and I borrow a quote from one another, we usually say something like, "According to Rashad of Truth About It, John Wall said..." or we'll list the quote, and at the end of that sentence, we'll say, "according to Rashad from Truth About It", and sometimes we'll just hyperlink the original story somewhere in the sentence. Whatever method we choose, you'll know by the end of the sentence, where that quote came from and who got it. We are all bloggers fighting for some degree of recognition, so we must do this. We don't throw just throw in a "thank you" at the bottom of the article, because frankly no one cares by then.

So suffice it to say, I was a little irritated, but because I'm Rashad I had to reel it in a bit. Is this really something to get angry about? Or am I just being an uptight, whiny little punk (it wouldn't be the first, second or third time)? So I'd like to turn this over to my five readers. You be the judge.

Oh and yeah, i'm 36 today, which means I'm going to post one of my favorite videos. Before I link the video, let me just remind all of you that I love my wife.


Sab D said...

some kind of cool way - you got to check dude. Emphasis on some kind of cool way.

Happy Birthday Man! That bottle of Brut (by Faberge) is on its way!!!

Jazzbrew said...

I'm with you on this one. It's not just a recognition thing, it's an acknowledgement of your hard work to obtain information. I agree with Sab D...

Happy Birthday (old) Man!

P.S. - You got major points for posting that video and giving your wife a shout out... you're doing well my friend.

maxwellsmusze said...

I'm trying to remember if I've ever seen a credit in the form of a shout out and I cannot. That's a no-no.

Hmmmm, Monifah - You certainly have a type:)

Happy Birthday Rashad!

sixfive said...

yup, a check in a cool way is in order.

Happy Birthday!

£ said...

Happy belated my dude. I hope your day was a good one!

And that Monifah song... LOL