I'm posting late today, but I'm posting with a mission. On my way to an off-site meeting early this morning a few of us began talking about blogs. Being new to the blogging world, I didn't know that there was actually blog etiquette that I needed to be aware of. Apparently, one such item is the practice of giving a parenthetical hat tip or (ht...) at the end of a post in which you use material from another blog. I've noticed that several of the blogs I have started to read do, in fact, utilize the 'ht' as a way of giving credit. This is all fine...Except for the fact that NOBODY in real life ever actually tips his or her hat to someone anymore. What is this, 1850? For cryin' out loud, isn't there a more modern way to acknowledge somebody than with a cyber tipping of one's hat?
I officially pronounce (at least on my blog, anyway) the end of the Hat Tip (ht) and will replace it with something that, while not a perfect substitute, is at least somewhat more appropriate for our times. On my site, I will use a parenthetical SO, or 'Shout Out', to give credit when borrowing from another blog. I fully recognize that Shout Out will become a dated term in the near future, but the fact that we are currently using Hat Tip leads me to believe I have close to a century before I need to worry about being outdated.
(SO to myself)