I have linked to what must be millions of things. I share a lot of links from here on my blog. I have linked to hundreds of artists from The Watercolor Gallery. And on social media I have linked to and retweeted countless times. I take linking very seriously.
I have a sort of link prioritization process I go through when I am trying to determine where a link should go.
|A person||Their personal URL||Other social network|
|An app||The app’s URL||The developer’s URL for the app||App Store URL|
|A news story||The original breaker of the news||A position piece related to the news|
|A product||The manufacture/creator’s URL||The suggested retail URL||Amazon|
|A piece of art||The artist’s personal URL||The artist’s main social network post for the piece||A third-party showcasing the work|
|A podcast/episode||The podcast’s domain URL for the show/episode||The podcast host web URL (E.g. Podbean)||A podcatcher URL (E.g. Pocket Casts)|
You get the idea.
In addition to the prioritization of where a link should go I also make great effort to include real full names and all credit possible to the appropriate parties. It is sometimes very hard or impossible. There have been times that I have chosen not to link to a piece of art because I simply could not find the original artist.
I don’t know why I wrote this down.