Muse is not a description I would hang on Mike Alton of Social Media Hat— but when I fall to writer’s block and need a source of ideas, that’s where I turn. Point in fact, his posting of “How Much Content Can I Quote in a Blog Before It Is Considered Duplicate Content?” from a few weeks ago. Perfect.
For example, my style is to run quoted content whenever I interview a subject because I feel this gives you, the reader, a sense of being right here. Third person, dry paragraphs are informative but they are usually passive.
When I am not interviewing a subject, but my subject is in fact an article that has info which I want to share, then I quote it. But you have to temper the drive to inform with awareness of copyright infringements.
Alton writes “One of the real issues with citing more than just a sentence or two is that you risk infringing on the copyright and usage restrictions of the source. Some sites forbid any duplication at all, while others may allow a certain limited amount of text.”
And that’s the only quote I will borrow. You’ll need to read Alton for the full scope of his advice.
His discussion covers citing your source, including your voice, and checking usage rights.