A post for my dear blogger friends:
This morning I sat down at my desk and got ready to publish my Monday post.
But first I checked my emails. I got into town late last night and I wanted to respond to some comments that had been left on my blog. I’m sure you do this too, I like to visit bloggers who take time to comment on my posts, and usually I enjoy discovering new blogs this way.
But the first place I went left me flabbergasted.
I opened up a blog and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
A blogger I didn’t know had cut and pasted entire excepts from my post, the secret of being happy. My eyes immediately scanned her post looking for a link back or any acknowledgment that these were my words, and I found none. Zero. Nothing.
I have to admit, I felt so violated. I’ve heard stories of this happening, but I never thought it would happen to me. And I’d still like to believe it was a mistake, that somehow this person didn’t intend to give her readers the impression that my words and thoughts were actually HERS, because well, that’s stealing.
And if it really was intentional, it blows me away. I can’t imagine doing this to another blogger. It’s so wrong. So I sent her an email back and asked her to do the right thing. And I’m waiting.
I haven’t posted her name or blog yet, because I would like to hope for the best.
I would like to believe that most of us who write on the web have a sense of integrity. And understand the rules of writing. And citing our sources.
But I’m still quite shocked as I write these words. It makes me feel unsafe. I want to close my door and lock it, keep the scary strangers away and only let in my dear circle of friends…
What about you?
Has this ever happened to you?
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