I do not like plagiarism–or bloggy stealing

I am a big fan of Darren Rowse and Problogger.net (as is about every blogger out there).  While I was blog-surfing, I found a post from a different blog that was remarkably like one of Darren Rowse’s posts from last year.  I will leave links for both and you need to read them over and you be the judge.  If you agree with me, please leave a comment.  Maybe even digg it or stumble this post or even post about it yourself.  We all work hard at our blogging craft/hobby and we don’t need others ruining for us.

Darren Rowse:  How to Market your Blog in 2007

Other Blog:  How to Market your Blog in 2008

(did you notice it even has the same title)  This blog just makes me fume….even at home writing this post.  If you read the comments of the other blog post, Darren Rowse left a comment.  And he was so nice in the comment…and he is coming out with his 2008 list this week—so check in to Problogger.net for that.  The author says he gave Darren Rowse credit…I don’t think so.  In the post he says…”I read an article…”  ARE YOU KIDDING ME…an article.  I read an article last week…it was about how people plagiarize other people’s work.  The other author says he was inspired by Darren’s post.  NO…he copied and pasted it.  No inspiration there.  Inspiration, at the very least, is taking Darren’s post and re-wording it in your  style.  If you look through the other blogger’s blog, you will see he advocates finding your own “authentic voice”.  How is plagiarizing another’s work, copy and pasting an entire post, and then still using the argument that it is inspired, using your authentic voice?  Please, someone tell me!  But you be the judge…read the two posts…you won’t have to read very far to see who has the “authentic voice”.

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11 responses to “I do not like plagiarism–or bloggy stealing

  1. thanks for the post and for being one of numerous people who let me know about the post.

    It is disturbing. I just left another comment on the post. I’m not sure it’s plagiarism but it’s not completely ethical omitting to share where the ‘inspiration’ started and where it ended.

    Such is life.

  2. A thoughtful response to a growing problem. Thank you for not deciding for me.

  3. That is really terrible. Especially when you read the comments and see that the readers think he wrote it.

  4. I find my posts copied wholesale all over the web. I used to worry about it; now, there are so many of them, that I’ve given up worrying about it 🙂

  5. wouch! My content from one certain hi-profile site is stolen left and right. So many times it’s been dead ends and too much work to deal with, I barely notice anymore. grrr.

  6. Wow steal the whole thing and give a little credit back. That is not right.

    I have wondered in other more seasoned bloggers eyes if a person post about another bloggers writing and then block quote a portion (small bullet or two) is that okay?

    I have often wondered. Thanks for the great post.

    Arrived here from http://twitter.com/admiral70

  7. For the record … Darren Rowse provided a home for the post in January 2007 … however, he didn’t write it.

    I appreciate the feedback that has been generated … mostly I appreciate the candid comments that bloggers like Darren and Trula provided to me.

    I’m in my first year as a blogger (my 1st anniversary is January 13th!). As such, I’m open to feedback, comments and such.

    I gave credit and link back to the article that inpsired me. Based on the feedback, I gave more prominence to the credit and added the name of the original author of the piece with a link back to his blog as well.

    As Darren noted … it wasn’t plagarism.

    As Darren noted … he thought it was brushing up against some blogger ethical codes.

    Hopefully, I’ve made the adjustment that will satisfy Darren, Trula and the original author (Tony).

    The key is that my audience … people and bloggers of African descent … is now better able to market their blogs in 2008. That was my intent in sharing the information.

    I’m not a pro-blogger … so I get no financial benefit from it … however, I must admit that I’m jazzed that so many of you will be visiting the other blog this week as a result of Freelancing post (smile).


  8. Hi Villager, see I didn’t even notice it was written by Tony Hung. That’s important to know, however the similarities between your article and his remain remarkable. I do hope in the future you choose not to copy others’ work.

  9. I’ve had a bunch of reviews plagiarized. While it annoys me it also makes me feel like I’ve “made it.” If I’m good enough to have my stuff stolen, I must be improving as a writer.

  10. very interesting! All these new territories to explore now that we are so “online”! I wonder if one day there will be laws against that!

    Pussreboots made me laugh!

  11. wow…where is the moral standard? Are these the same people who plagiarized their work in high school and college?

    I finished school after receiving a masters in education. Not one time did I copy anything that someone else wrote. If I used anything in my research it was noted and in the bibliography.

    This goes for my blogs…I’m not a problogger either (yet). But problogger or not, if I put anything in my posts from another site I credit the source and provide a link if possible.

    How wrong that anyone would consider putting another persons words down as their own, either on purpose or as carelessly as Villager seemed to do it.

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