OK readers, friends & bloggy buddies ~ today’s Rant of the Week is we’re going to have a little lesson in how to ‘Play Nice With Others” and not steal another blogger’s blog ideas.
See the little banner on the top right of my sidebar that I recently relocated due to an unfortunate incident? It says “Yes, It’s Copyrighted.”
What that means, kiddos, is that we have to revisit what we all learned in Grade School:
You Do Not Copy Other People’s Work. Period.
- That means, you don’t look over your shoulder at the person sitting behind you and copy the answers off of their paper for a test;
- You don’t strain cross-eyed and look to your next-door seat-mate and copy their paper;
- And you don’t copy a fellow Blogger’s posts and pass them off as your own without giving proper credit to the author when due.
Now I’m sure this has happened to many bloggers before me. But, being the Baby Boomer that I am, and having my policy re sugar-coating clearly stated in the Disclaimer on my About Me Page ~ I don’t put up with any carp.
I spend quite a bit of time on many of my posts, writing into the wee hours of the night. I try to find just the right words and nuances, and research synonyms, grammar, all those neat things I learned along the way in life. Some of my readers obviously were out to lunch in school, and didn’t pay attention.
It’s way too easy for those types of people to see a good post ~ and in this computer day and age ~ just do a “copy, paste” and voila ~ it’s on their blog page ~ as if they had written it themselves!
NOT. You see, kiddies, I check to see if anyone is plagiarizing my material. I take pride in my work, and the words I choose.
Bloggers cover the whole demographic spectrum. Teens, Home-Schoolers, Moms, Dads, Businesses, yes, even Grandmas & Grandpas. We are everyone ~ we are everywhere.
So now I’m going to get ugly. Why? Because I wrote what I considered a very nice post about my friend Suzanne, the eBay Coach, and a very generous giveaway contest for $120 worth of CVS products she recently sponsored. Now granted, I didn’t pontificate on the State of the Union, the upcoming political conventions, the Olympics, or how the universe was created.
However, another mom blogger who “writes” saw fit to come along and copy my post. You see, I posted about a CVS contest on August 21, and low and behold, there were my words, copied verbatim, posted by her on August 24. No mention of any credit to me as the author.
If I see an article worthy of being mentioned in my posts, I give a “Hat Tip” to the author, with a link back to them.
Duh ~ it’s called “linky luv,” or a “back link,” or how about ~ being honest and giving credit where credit is due?
Plagiarism is a serious offense, not to mention it says a lot about the ethics, morals, and integrity of the writer who stole the work. I know a wee bit about the law.
Now I’m not going to go off and write all the words I really want to write about how I feel about plagiarism, because this is a family blog. Gram is not above spewing a few little profanities now and then whenever I’m hot-flashing. But just to let you know, mommy blogger, occupation listed as “Assistant Librarian,” on Blogger, not only got two comments on her blog from me indicating she stole my work, she also got an e-mail from me.
Her response? “Sorry, Charlie.”
Go Suck an Egg, Elaina.