So, based on the results of our user poll, it seems that many of you are taking the time to (mostly) create your own content with just a wee-bit of blockquoting thrown in for good measure.
The results were:
Outside Content (Heavy Blockquoting) - 0
Outside Content w/value add (Moderate Blockquoting) - 1
Value-Add w/references (light blockquoting) - 3
All original content (almost no blockquoting) - 4
That's 87.5% of the eight bloggers responding who said they come up with their material, for the most part, on their own. That's pretty good stuff.
Granted, this is a very small sample size (HCA readership being limited due to its relative young age) but its telling. My vote was "Value-Add w/references". I sued to be #2, but have moved to much lighter blockquoting in recent years. Now almost everything I write is original, with just a few quotes scattered in for reference.
In the end, provided you're following the terms of fair use, how you do it is of secondary importance. Just think about what you're doing, how and why. It makes for a better group of blogs. (And the Houston blogosphere is in desperate need of some quality right now)
Stay tuned for a new issue and new poll coming soon.