So, you’ve written and published an original content and put all your heart, time and energy into it. After publishing the post, you receive a lot of comments and engaged with bloggers about the subject matter. You’re happy, you’re pleased, you’re riding high on a bicycle over the moon and never going home.
And then you see another blogger, a couple of weeks later, publish a very similar post.
The question is: when does it become stealing/copying? What makes inspired content not-so-inspired?
In my humble opinion, inspired content becomes copying (and stealing ideas) when you follow a strikingly similar format with very, incredibly, similar looking sentences. No amount of dressing changes the similarity. Your post may say something like: “A person like this would say something like: lah-di-dah-di-dah,” and the other content follows this same sentence structure. Literally, follows the same structure.
Now I want to ask you a question: would you and should you confront the blogger? As I’ve mentioned in a previous post on anxiety, confrontation is incredibly difficult to me when I barely know the person because I have no idea what to expect from them. Is there a polite way to confront a blogger?
Our words, as bloggers and writers, are really important to us and, in my case, my words and ideas (and I guess problem-solving random things) are the only weapons in my arsenal, they’re all I really have… so this is especially grating.
As a blogger, it is important to understand the ethics of blogging. Do you remember the plagiarism lessons you took in college/university? Do you remember you had to insert footnotes and give credit where it’s due? If you are inspired by a post and want to offer your own narrative on the subject matter, then here’s a tip: GIVE DUE CREDIT. “I was inspired by so-and-so” and insert the blogger’s name and add a link to the post you were inspired by. Another tip: REBLOG and, again, leave a link to the full post.
Blog with dignity.
Otherwise, it is copying.
A request to WordPress administrators: we should be allowed to block certain bloggers and, of course, provide legitimate reasons for doing so. I understand that there is an option to make your account private, but this isn’t an effective solution. Instagram, Snapchat, Whatsapp and Twitter allows us to do it… so why not WordPress?
Have you ever had anyone copy you on WordPress? How did you deal with it? What advice do you have for me?
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