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Request Advise and/or Feelings About Using Your Comments


My dog pals; Gertrude, in back, the late :>(Tanner, and Roo in front. Another photo with no relation to my post :>)

My dog pals; Gertrude, in back, the late :>(Tanner, and Roo in front.
Another photo with no relation to my post :>)

As you all know, I’m publishing  the Souvenirs from My Heart “Postcards” serial, which I posted here in July and August. I feel that it would add a lot to include comments that you made as I ran the serial on this blog.

I’ve done some research and can’t find a definitive answer about adding your comments. Here are some of the questions that I’m pondering:

1-Is it legal? ethical? to add your comments?

2-Do I add them all anonymously, or include the name you used to post the comments?

3-Should I offer to include your blog links to your comments?

4-Do I have to have signed releases by everyone?

After a final professional edit, I’m ready to publish the “Postcards” serial, so what do you think, should I hold off and add comments or not? Frankly, if it is going to add a lot of time to the project, I will probably not add the comments…

Thank you for your input!


Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

30 thoughts on “Request Advise and/or Feelings About Using Your Comments

  1. Congratulations on the progress!

    I imagine getting written consent from the commenters at whatever level of anonymity they are comfortable with and spelling out anything to be given in return would be sufficient, wouldn’t it?

  2. well nuts.. that would be awesome to include the feed back! If its on a website is it not public? hummm You can use anything I have written or pictures.. Wish I had an answer for you.

  3. Ruby, Annie and Cody are jealous of the doggies in the picture LOL

  4. Perhaps you can ask Sonia Marsh; she might know about the comments. She knows everything. 🙂 With or without the comments, your book is going to be fabulously received. And just think, I knew Patti when ….

  5. I wish i had an answer for you about the legal aspects but I don’t. You can use anything I have posted. Once I push the button, I sort of feel like it is already out there, published in a sort of way…like commentary in a newspaper column. I think if people want anonymity, they would already be anonymous.

  6. Honestly, I don’t know. All good questions, but I’m not the one to answer them. Sometimes you can get advice from law school students for free.

    • I was hoping our own little WP legal dept would chime in:>)
      The closest I found was that blogs are public, as is anything on them unless listed as copy written material.

      • And really, I think that would be your only limitation…legally, or ethically by ensuring that any copy-righted, or copied material…to this location, is accounted for. In the future, or check now (who read the fine-print? I’m pretty sure I didn’t)..with the TOS, and disclaimers in general here…does WP reserve the right to hold, and publish, indefinitely, and at will? Seems like under the premise of this context, you would have full rights of your work here, and essentially as ‘interviewees’ what ‘we’ have responded with as well.

        At any rate, if you believe that my words here…will not be a discredit, or detraction to your composition…you are hereby granted full discretionary use, and you may use as desired, my screen name-persona known as “malikoma” as my signature, and representation of my person.

        Oh! and this…conspicuously posted (practically under my nose)…See below:

        “creative commons
        Creative Commons License
        This work by Patti Hall is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.”


        © Patti Hall and, 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Patti Hall and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.”

        So, you may have to have “Credits” in your book somewhere…but, it appears to me that we’re all automatically ‘signed-off’ on our contributions…

        1- [Get out of ‘jail’ free…] -card-

      • I know I have the creative commons, but still feel I need to at least get a feel for what readers think…Harula’s suggestion may be best; to add links to the posts in the book….

  7. Congratulations on the book being ready to go! Sorry, can’t offer anything concrete here, I don’t have the answers, though you’re welcome to use anything I’ve written Personally, if the book’s ready to go I’d say go for it and don’t wit to sort this out. You could always bring out a second edition later with a comments section at the back, or you could just add a paragraph that points people to where to find the relevant blog posts, and they can read the comments themselves? Good luck with th decision making and follow up:-) H xxx

    • Excellent idea about pointing readers to the posts!
      I like that.
      I will explain further in a post, but this is just a short (bookette) of only the Postcard posts. It is because people wanted me to get them out.
      The memoir it is part of will take a bit longer to be ready to publish.
      Thanks for the ideas and for being here:>)

      • …and building on that then, what if just linking, or referring to the whole page (address) that contains the comment/posts that you use in the bookette?

        So rather than:
        comment-1033, and the remaining 16 individual comments for potential use/linking, from this page so far,

        Any of these comments/posts on this page will be sought by linking to “page title /comment-page-1”

        I’m hoping to make it easier on you, and just as effective…
        I’m not clear on the specificity of the medium…a downloadable pdf, or something for the Kindle, and related devices, or a separate webpage here, that we read online…why do birds fly?

        The irony of my question, if I ever finish the comment on “THE READER PLACE”…is that I envision something of a book…in a more literal term. I’m fairly confident that you aren’t yet anyway…paper-publishing…

      • What did you say? HEHEHEHE
        Will read again when I can think…the next ice age?

  8. Gee, I have no idea. I can see where there might be some who don’t want their offhand, casual comments cemented into a text for eternity. I don’t know the legalities of it, although it seems as if you quote someone exactly you might be compelled to give their name? Then is that really “fair” when some of us use all of our name, some part (like me), and some a made-up name. Will people like it or dislike it? You can see that I am no help. That’s the way my mind works! Cool idea thought!!!

    • How about initials? I mean, the thing is, they are all positive comments…so not sure why someone would object…

      • I would wager a guess…though typically different conditions from here are generally the intended cautioning,,,it’s been ‘harped’ upon to protect one’s privacy, and in some cases that has included not using one’s ‘given’ name…after that, perhaps a broader shyness?

        “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”

  9. Of course I’m adding my comment but..I don’t know the answer. You can use comments I’ve made. I don’t think I cussed in any of them! If I did, please edit out cuss words. Isn’t something happening this week. Or is it next week – your story?

  10. I’m inclined to think that any comments are public once the commenter hits “Post Comment.” But, for the record, let me say that you are free to add my comments and to use Marie Ann Bailey as the name, since that is my real name 🙂

  11. I always think its best to cross Is and dot Ts, especially if you’re reprinting other’s words. I’m doing a little bit of permission-getting myself right now, and it’s not too time consuming. Plus you just feel better “making sure,” you know?

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