March 10, 2008

Plagiarism in Blogland?

I like blogs. I am so comforted to know that there are people out there who think like I do. I'm challenged by people who think differently than I do. I like seeing the parts of people's lives that they don't mind putting out there for everyone to see. When I can't sleep, sometimes I'll just blog hop and see who I'll discover. Sometimes I find old friends. Sometimes I find complete strangers who could be friends. Sometimes I find complete wierdos.

And, sometimes people find me.

I was blog-hopping this morning and found one of my posts. On someone else's site. I could write all about how annoyed I am, but I won't. It's not that big of a deal. I'm all about borrowing and sharing in Blogland . . . post ideas, topics to write on, ideas for photos, etc. I have certainly been inspired by reading other people's posts. But in my opinion, this was a little too "word for word" to be honest borrowing. I just can't imagine wanting to put someone else's words on my blog and claiming them as my own. It's just silly.

On a more positive note, a friend of mine from college (Erin) and I reconnected via facebook before Christmas and she started blogging last week and I have not been disappointed. Side note: I credit Erin and Maria as being my main encouragement in selling my card designs on etsy. I think this has been my favorite thing she's posted so far.


Unknown said...

This has seriously happened to me. It's SO weird. I blogged about something. Then a friend of mine, did a blog with the exact same title and a few of the same phrases a few days later. I kept wondering if she thought she thought of that herself and that I might not notice. She knows I read her blog. so strange. but oh well, I'm over it. :)

Nicole said...

Oooh I wanna know what blog it was!!

Erin K. said...

Well don't I feel special!! :-D I'm glad that our quirky little story could bring, um, happiness(?) to the lives of others.

And I must say that you were one of the major inspirations for me starting my blog. I'm so glad we could inspire each other!

Minnie said...

Wow. I'm fairly new to your blog and enjoy your writing.
If it makes you feel any better, I had a very similar experience.
It's frustrating.

Jeanette said...

Okay...whaddaheck...who be all up in your grill (I'm so white)...plagiarism is an automatic "0" in my class.

Kyle Luke said...

I won't say who it was (and it obviously wasn't anyone on my blogroll), but I will tell you they "borrowed" from one of my letters to Jack . . . which is probably why it bothered me more than it should have.

And if you, dear copier, are reading this, all is forgiven. I'm over it.

Sarah said...

Oh great, it wasn't me was it? Did I copy something without realizing it? You have me paranoid now!!

Julie Durocher said...

my mom did this to me a couple of times...but then, she is my mom, so what do you do? :)