Do you cross-post your FPPs to your own blog? February 5, 2014 10:17 AM   Subscribe

Just curious ... people who actively work on making great FPPs, do you then post that content to your own blog? Or do you leave it exclusive to MeFi? I am curious if this is a thing that people do, either the mega-post builders like zarq, for instance, or the more casual poster.

(I ask because I'm thinking it would be cool to take some of my FPPs and put them on my own blog, just for the heck of it, but not sure if that's gauche.)
posted by jbickers to Etiquette/Policy at 10:17 AM (34 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Yeah, I do that. Not always, but when it fits one of my blogs I do. The advantage is that on the blog, I can add pictures or videos or whatever and slightly more of an editorial slant than I can do here.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:32 AM on February 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


I don't have a blog and don't copy my posts here elsewhere.

Every once in a great while I'll post single links to something in a post to social media. So for example, This video was buried deep in my Iron Chef post but I had posted it to Twitter and FB months before the post went live. That's it.

jbickers: " (I ask because I'm thinking it would be cool to take some of my FPPs and put them on my own blog, just for the heck of it, but not sure if that's gauche.)"

Doesn't seem gauche to me.
posted by zarq at 10:33 AM on February 5, 2014


And obviously, I don't think it's gauche or wrong to do so, as after all it's your own work. Heck, I also nick other people's finds from here if it's something I think will fit, though of course not their actual posts.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:34 AM on February 5, 2014


It's not specifically gauche or against the rules, no, and I've seen people do it sometimes. The most it's ever been an issue are odd cases where it feels more like it's going the other way; someone (this has almost always been a pretty brand-new poster) has what is essentially a personal/professional blog post and then repurposes it as a mefi post, which gets into weird territory regarding both editorial voice and "are you...just trying to signal boost this?" issues.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:35 AM on February 5, 2014


The most it's ever been an issue are odd cases where it feels more like it's going the other way

I may have done that too, when I find something for my own blogs and then think it would fit in MeFi as well; would lie if I said thoughts about the much larger audience here didn't play a role sometimes. As long as it isn't pepsi blue or self promoting and does fit here, is this a problem?
posted by MartinWisse at 10:38 AM on February 5, 2014


I've done it. Not always, but frequently. And it's always been MeFi - > Blog, not the other way around (to cortex's concern - which is a valid one).
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 10:43 AM on February 5, 2014


As long as it isn't pepsi blue or self promoting and does fit here, is this a problem?

Not really, no. The weirdnesses I mention above were weird because the fit was not good, or the situation was otherwise suspicious. If someone just stumbles on something neat and posts it on their blog and/or Metafilter, there's not really an issue; I think lots of folks who have blogs have done that, more or less, certainly more if you count stuff like Facebook and Twitter as well.

Basically it mostly needs to just not seem like posting something to both Metafilter and your own blog is somehow about you or your blog. Sort of a feel thing, hard to do more than point at an actual example of a weird case when it comes up.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:44 AM on February 5, 2014


I reserve all my quality comments and posts for you fine people.... And my poor, poor wife.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:01 AM on February 5, 2014 [4 favorites]


(I ask because I'm thinking it would be cool to take some of my FPPs and put them on my own blog, just for the heck of it, but not sure if that's gauche.)

For the record, I never do that.
posted by gauche at 11:10 AM on February 5, 2014 [16 favorites]


Heh


[neither do I, though]
posted by Namlit at 11:18 AM on February 5, 2014


On Facebook or Twitter, I sometimes post links to whole MetaFilter posts I've created. I don't think I've ever re-posted the components of a multiple link MetaFilter post elsewhere.
posted by grouse at 11:27 AM on February 5, 2014


I don't, actually, which I just now realized is a little weird of me given that I don't keep my blog and Metafilter identities separate. I think I'm just too lazy. Once I post it on Metafilter, I see no reason to post it on my Dreamwidth, and if I post to my Dreamwidth, then I'm too lazy to craft it into an acceptable Metafilter post that's not full of editorializing or that's more fleshed out. I don't think it's gauche or anything to cross-post though.
posted by yasaman at 11:35 AM on February 5, 2014


Nah, not really. My (languishing) blog is more for link dumps that sometimes I go back and mine for FPPs, but is usually just for my reference.
posted by klangklangston at 11:35 AM on February 5, 2014


I've had a blog since 2001, been on Mefi since 2006 (I think). It never even occurred to me to reuse my posts on my blog, or vice-versa. I guess I have some sort of weird mental wall between my blog and here.
posted by COD at 12:06 PM on February 5, 2014


I am thinking of GMOFB (and have operated one on and off in the past) and would not hesitate to put a MeFi post on it, with a note indicating as much. If it's someone else's post I would of course include proper attribution.
posted by Mister_A at 12:23 PM on February 5, 2014


But the blog I would run would mostly be about kids, writing, and dogs; and kids writing about dogs, so maybe there wouldn't be a ton (tonne) of stuff that straddles both.
posted by Mister_A at 12:24 PM on February 5, 2014


I haven't done anything like that (but, then, I currently have zero FPPs) but recently was thinking of writing about prosody and some other seemingly related voice things and couldn't decide if MeFi or some blog of mine would be a better place for it. I wondered if it could be cross-posted and wasn't sure I could edit it to make fit MeFi (in part because I have no experience with that, having currently zero FPP's). So I am glad to see this discussion. It is kind of timely for me, assuming I ever get around to making notes about the ideas that my son and I discussed recently.
posted by Michele in California at 12:27 PM on February 5, 2014


(I ask because I'm thinking it would be cool to take some of my FPPs and put them on my own blog, just for the heck of it, but not sure if that's gauche.)

No one will care. Really. As long as you're not actually breaking any rules (e.g. don't link to your blog in a Metafilter FPP), do whatever you want.

I cross-post if I happen to think of posting the same material on both Metafilter and my blog, for whatever reason. For instance, my most recent Metafilter post was an obit for the great jazz guitarist Jim Hall when he recently died. I included a lot of YouTube videos. I posted more or less the same material on my blog, except I embedded the videos. I also linked to my blog post on Facebook. My Metafilter post of course didn't mention or link to my blog. And my blog didn't link to Metafilter (although at other times I have put an inconspicuous "cross-posted to Metafilter" link on my blog). I'm confident no one will think I violated some unwritten rule against the same person posting about the same guitarist on three different websites. I would have no basis for thinking the subject would be more interesting to the readers of one website rather than another, so why would I arbitrarily confine the material to one website? Whether it's on Metafilter or my blog (or Facebook or whatever), some people who see it will be interested, and others won't be. I have no reason to try to limit the number of people who are exposed to Jim Hall's music; if anything, I want it to be exposed to as many people as possible. Presumably, most of the topics you post about are things you'd like more people rather than fewer people to read about, see, listen to, etc.
posted by John Cohen at 12:29 PM on February 5, 2014


Wait, I thought this was my blog.
posted by planetesimal at 12:36 PM on February 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


No--my FPPs have usually been on subjects that I wouldn't blog about (e.g., medieval art). Quite deliberately so.
posted by thomas j wise at 1:43 PM on February 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


I remember back 12 or 13 years ago or so, before I was even a member, when 75% of the link on my own blog was stuff from Metafilter and all my friends thought I was so cool and plugged into the world.

Oh wait, that's not what we're talking about here.

Confession, good for the soul.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:52 PM on February 5, 2014 [3 favorites]


For a while I was making science posts that were becoming to involved to really work well for metafilter, so I made my own blog for them.
posted by Blasdelb at 2:00 PM on February 5, 2014 [5 favorites]


I have posted stuff from FPP to my LJ. Been neglecting I a bit. But yeah.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 2:20 PM on February 5, 2014


No--my FPPs have usually been on subjects that I wouldn't blog about (e.g., medieval art). Quite deliberately so.

I hear you, and I don't post my blog content here for the same reason. However, two of my more popular FPPs derived from your blog, so you may actually want to consider double-posting a little.

Or you can assume we have your back on this.
posted by Monsieur Caution at 2:24 PM on February 5, 2014


Link rot is such a chronic problem with FPPs (especially long ones) that I've considered starting a blog just for reposting my own posts on a platform that I control, so I can update broken links accordingly. It's so frustrating having old posts rendered useless by a broken primary link -- doubly so when it was posted as a guide/reference in the first place.
posted by Rhaomi at 2:30 PM on February 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


I employ a team of moderators on my site that deletes my posts with reasons like, "Don't you think this would be better for a community weblog. Why did you even get your own blog just to post stuff like this?"

So, if they don't make the cut, I post them here.
posted by Drinky Die at 4:27 PM on February 5, 2014 [3 favorites]


I sometimes expand on a comment in my blog, but I always 1) note that the blog post started as a comment on Metafilter and 2) I never reverse the stream. I only take things that start here to my blog; I don't ever bring stuff from my blog to Metafilter. The few posts that I've made are 100% created for Metafilter alone.
posted by headspace at 6:38 PM on February 5, 2014


Yeah I've posted and expanded a few comments on my blog. With all due love to Metafilter if I'm going to do all the research and work for a proper FPP there's a good chance it'll end up on my blog instead.
posted by Nelson at 7:14 PM on February 5, 2014


I have done it just once. I think it was in 2007 on a different continent, URL and wait... the author might have been teh same.

Otoh, oddly enough*, just yesterday I posted something on my blog that would have normally been a Metafilter post just because I couldn't wait 6 hours, 46 minutes and 34 seconds.

Maybe tonight I'll put it up if y'all are lucky.


*oddly enough meaning funny peculiar, to see this MeTa just after I had the same/similar thought last night after posting that blogpost... /puppemasters invaded again?
posted by infini at 7:19 AM on February 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


I do sometimes, especially if I am working on an obit post about an animator. I usually post here first, and set my blog to auto-post at its daily time.



My entire blog is a SLYT valve.
posted by louche mustachio at 7:48 AM on February 6, 2014


I've considered cross-posting to my blog, and did once but felt very uncomfortable with doing so (even though I wrote the post). I've been trying to accept the arguable concept that once a post goes up it isn't, on one level, yours any more but belongs to the "community" - which, with acceptance, should make it easier to cope with any disagreeing comments that others attach to it.

Then again, haven't yet spent more than a few hours tops on making a post. I may feel differently if clocking up a dozen or more hours on the research and construction of an FPP.

Have, however, linked and tweeted and Facebooked and whatnot to numerous posts of my own and other peoples.
posted by Wordshore at 9:21 AM on February 6, 2014


I totally cross post. I have three blogs, and the most popular one is a knitting blog, and every once in awhile I come across a knitting-related something that I think is of general interest value and that deserves a larger audience than it'll get on my blog, so I rewrite it for MeFi. I figured it's fine as long as it's not my work and I don't even know the people who did create it. (Though I have sometimes gotten to know some of the creators of the material I posted after posting.)
posted by orange swan at 1:39 PM on February 6, 2014


I've expanded on comments made here on my various bloggy things once in a while over the years, but I don't do nearly as much writing as 'writing' as I used to, so.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:04 AM on February 8, 2014


I cross post everything so that I have my posts even if they're pulled off MeFi for whatever reason (double, offensive, etc.)
posted by reenum at 5:03 PM on February 18, 2014 [1 favorite]


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