Something came to my attention today
Something disturbing that I think needs to be out in the open.
In my years of blogging, I have seen a few things that I don't agree wtih here and there: bad blogging ethics, the odd catfight between bloggers. I have never posted about it, nor have I ever named names, until now.
A short while ago, a blog that I follow did the ultimate betrayal that we could ever do to each other, in my opinion. She stole posts from us, WORD FOR FREAKIN' WORD!!! and claimed it as her own. She also used a photo of a fellow bloggy friend's children and passed them off as her own.
It took me all day to pick my jaw up off the floor.
I am severely disappointed in this woman, who I mistakenly considered a blog friend. I have followed her for a long time, and always enjoyed her posts, and her comments made on my blog as well. She was remarkably funny and genuine, or so I thought.
Missy, at Is It Just Me
if you are reading this. You should be absolulety ashamed of yourself. And given the fact that you have gone private, says something in itself. Although I do suspect it may have been from all the "negative" comments you might have received.
Either way, I am deeply disappointed in the lack of respect you have shown to your fellow bloggers, who not only trusted you and let you into their world, but followed you loyally while you were ripping off our ideas and words.
So, having said that. My advice to all of you is to be aware of people like this out there.
I'm not sure how much we can really do about it, or how much it really matters in the end.
I know what is mine, and if you're plagerizing off of me, well then I guess it's your bed you sleep in.
But bottom line, it's wrong. It's Plagerism. And it's shameful and a deliberate act of disrespect to those of us who share our hearts and lives openly.
I just want to thank Arizona Mama for bringing this to light. You can read her original post HERE.
Also to Erin over at the Mother Load, who's pictures of her children were stolen off her blog. You can read her post HERE .
I'm still shaking my head.
Any thoughts or ideas how to protect ourselves, or copyright our work... feel free to add your two cents. And help spread the word that this will not be tolerated.