I Had No Idea This Would Happen To Me: The Ugly Side of Blogging

*Pours huge glass of wine* I told you I would spill the tea but we need a stronger drink of choice for this one. You see my blogging journey has been smooth sailings up until this week & I had no idea this would happen to me. I’m not here to expose anyone on this post [ twitter is another story lol ] but treat it as a PSA to all bloggers that this industry isn’t always pretty – blogging can get pretty ugly.

WATCH OUT FOR COPY CATS

A few months ago, one of my friends who is a fellow blogger discovered another blogger had stolen around 9 of her blog posts, copied her about page & even claimed her media kit as her own. When she told me about this, I couldn’t believe someone would stoop to the level of blatantly plagiarizing her hard work. After countless emails confronting the thief, nothing had changed.

Fast forward to this week where I woke up to a few messages of other bloggers telling me my post about my blogging break seemed similar to this other blogger. And low and behold – it was the thief!

Before this insistent, I was figuring out ways to block them as I would wake up to countless notifications solely from this person, liking my comments, even ones I made on other blogger’s sites. She was also following me on Instagram. I just thought it was rather odd she was trying to make herself this known. My intuition was brewing. And at one point I even considered her to be a bot. But I shook off the idea & simply let her comments to go spam & blocked her on Instagram. I guess you could say my antennas were up after knowing what she did to my friend.

When I read her post, I just thought she got the idea & wrote her own take on the subject. But as I read it I was noticing the similarities & the timing was just too ironic. The blogging world can be quite saturated & original content can be hard to come by. But it’s a different story when the words are similar. Give me some credit at least! If you find me so inspiring let it be known.

Other bloggers told me I should feel flattered that someone would find my content so good to copy. And I guess that’s one way to look at it. But I see it as a huge issue for creators alike. As I was doing more digging I discovered this thief of a blogger stole a logo from a local artist & simply changed the colors. And come to think of it, her other logo looked very similar to mine. Unfortunately, us online creators run into issues like this all the time. I couldn’t believe the stories people shared with me about their issues surrounding plagiarism & people stealing their work. It makes me sick. Privacy policies & disclaimers only get you so far I guess.

I did leave comments on her post about this issue & why she copied me, but she simply deleted them. I emailed her & at this moment I have no response. The reason I exposed this person was because this isn’t the first time she has done this type of thing. It it was, I would have ignored it. But I was concerned she would keep going & to be honest she just might. At this point, I want to move forward but still keep my eye on this “creator” because above all else, she made me feel uncomfortable. I wanted to make it known to others in the community this is something to look out for. And I wish there were better ways to protect ourselves & our work. But I guess the risk of putting yourself online leads to situations like this.

I don’t want this situation to make me feel disheartened about the writing community because for the most part it has been a wonderful experience. Like I said, I had no idea this would happen to me. But in a way I’m glad it happened because I can now spread awareness of this issue. It just made me feel sick when I would see other bloggers I knew commenting on her work not knowing the truth. And to give this person the benefit of the doubt, maybe they are very immature, young & did not learn the concept of plagiarism. Even though we all know it’s the first thing you learn in writing. And if you are such a creative soul, wouldn’t you have enough ideas in your own head to not even think of copying someone else?

To the person who copied me & my friend, (because I know you are reading this, at us next time & give us deserving credit.

– B

62 thoughts on “I Had No Idea This Would Happen To Me: The Ugly Side of Blogging

  1. My eyes are open to the perils of this business now. When I first heard it was an issue, I refused to believe it, why would someone do that and what would they gain? Now I’ve seen it happen a couple of times I just can’t get my head round it at all. That fun of this is people engaging with you through your own experiences and thoughts? Otherwise there is no point!

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  2. Just sad… Sorry for you and Olivia. It might have happened to more of us without even knowing. I send a link to Olivia on how to request removal of this content from Google. Maybe this is a small sort of solution. But still… just sucks. Keep spreading awareness!

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  3. I’m hurt just by reading this – this copycats can be sort of malignant, spreading over and prying over ones’ work for the instant benefits. I’m sorry to hear what happened to you and your friends.

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  4. Thank you for putting this all into a post! It’s important for others to know to be alert, I think sometimes we can be a little naive and brush it off thinking it won’t happen to us.

    Just know your light will always shine brighter and those of us who support you will always be here for you!!

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  5. The whole point of blogging is to create your own content and share your own thoughts and feelings. It makes absolutely no sense to do such thing. I understand that some bloggers have similar kind of posts and ideas and maybe write the same type of blog posts but there are limits there. You mentioned her using the same words as you and not only you but your friend as well. Also, the fact that she does not respond to your emails and delete your comments says it all.

    While blogging, we never really focus on that part, you know. We just write to make ourselves feel better. We are already so much busy in our blog that we can hardly go looking for this type of people. I am so happy she got caught and exposed. I hope she understood your message.

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    1. exactly! it really makes no sense. it’s such a grey area with getting inspiration & actually copying a person’s work. yes, and some of Olivia’s post are still up there to this day after being told to take them down & having an advertisement about her media kit. too many lines have been crossed. i want to get back to the reason i started blogging which is a distraction & fun way to express myself. i really hope the message is understand now.

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  6. B, thank you for sharing this. It can feel really disheartening finding out that your content, that you took so much time, love and effort to create has been stolen by someone else. The best thing we – and everybody else can do is to be vigilant. By making sure we have privacy policies and disclaimers on our sites to protect us. Its a shame that this person has done it to someone else and the best thing u could have done is sharing who it was so other people could be made aware.

    So proud of you and the way you support this community. Keep creating amazing content and screw the haters 🤍 love you girl.

    Olivia | http://www.olivialucieblake.com

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  7. I’m really sorry that happened to you. While they say imitation is the best form of flattery, plagiarizing someone else’s work isn’t!

    I know a blogger wrote an article about this same issue with other bloggers publishing other bloggers’ content as their content (not a reblog of a post). But because the article was dated I honestly thought by now that issue would have been resolved.

    If the person has a WordPress account, I would suggest contacting WordPress and letting them know of what’s happening. If they don’t use WordPress then contact the site they’re using.

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    1. It’s shocking to me how many bloggers have similar stories to this. It’s quite the problem. thank you for that suggestion, I have gotten in touch with WordPress & filed a complaint. Hopefully this resolves the issue and it no longer continues.

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  8. I liked this post, but I felt strange as I pressed the button… not because I dislike your article but because I dislike the fact that you had to write it. I’m new to this community and so far it seems so pure and genuine. I’m sad to burst that idyllic little bubble because of a few who can’t be honest :(. I’m truly sorry this has happened to you and I appreciate you writing about it.

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  9. Blogging and any creative work takes a lot of time and hard work. It’s really unfortunate that people think it’s okay to take someone else’s hard work. The silver lining is that the overall writing community is still a positive space and we support you. x

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  10. Yikes B! That’s scary and frustrating at the same time! I really hope no ones steals your content again. There’s a plug-in you can use to make your content very hard to copy unless the person types out the whole thing… in which case they need plagiarism jail!

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  11. This has me shocked and angry. I am so sorry this person did this to you and to your friend. I cannot fathom the disrespect to you and also to her readers.

    Like you said, we are creatives, and giving our own voice and style to the content we create is what’s beautiful about this industry.

    We work hard to create high quality content, and instead of stealing other people’s hard work, people need to uplift each other. Give credit when it’s due and hype up our fellow bloggers.

    It’s so sad to see that even though we have legal terms on our sites, some people are so full of it that they don’t respect them.

    Hope you’re doing better. I love your content and your voice. Don’t let crappy people keep you from shinning bright! You have my full support, B.

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    1. I feel the same way! it is extremely disrespectful. I am feeling a lot better & ready to move forward & focus on future content for you all. I really appreciate your kind words. 🙂 Thank you for the continued support.

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  12. I’m so sorry this happened to you! I get the whole “imitation is a form of flattery” idea, but what happened to you goes far beyond that and it isn’t right. I’m glad the blogging community is rallying with you and supporting you. Thank you for sharing what you’ve been going through. It isn’t something I’ve thought about, so it’s good to have my eyes opened a bit!

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  13. I am so sorry! I didn’t know that was your content Maya copied. I asked her multiple times if it was her work! Even though I had no idea about this, I am feeling like crap because that post was posted on my blog. I am so so so sorry! I really had no idea. Will take it down if you want me to. Or I will give credit to you and your post as it was not copied word to word. I’ll do whatever you say with that post, because that is your work! Once again, I am so very sorry!

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    1. Hi, thanks for getting back to me. You can add my link to the post if you’d like. It’s ok. I just wanted to let people know because she has done this to other bloggers in the community as well. But yes, you can add my link to the post this time.

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    2. Are you talking about that guest post? I can’t believe it. I think she has even copied one of Olivia’s post.
      I’m so sorry this happened to you. It must have been so annoying to you I understand. Thanks for spreading awareness! I hope this won’t happen to you again.

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  14. Ok it’s not just rude but super creepy they were stalking you online. It’s stuff like this that makes me be cautious about revealing too much info about my location etc on my blog. Glad you’re safe!

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  15. I am so sorry that this happened to you and Olivia. I am happy that you exposed this person and are helping other bloggers beware of odd and unusual behavior of followers to be aware of.

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  16. I had no idea she could do this, she has been a very sweet person to me and she even guest posted on my blog, I think I should see if even that is copied. Thanks for letting all of us know!

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  17. Omg this is terrible… I kind of want to know who it is so I can keep an eye out 👁️👁️… I don’t have other social media platforms unfortunately… I will do some digging lol so sorry this happened to you… Someone in the comments said, “If you have to copy other people’s work just to call yourself a writer, maybe you shouldn’t be one”… SO TRUE! ugh ppl can be despicable and desperate….

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  18. That sucks that you had that happen to you! I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about copying other people’s work lately. It is definitely NOT flattery, and can mess up your SEO too. Imagine, you’re competing with another site with YOUR OWN WRITING on Google because of these idiots.

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  19. Wow, this is shocking! I’m sorry you’re going through this, WordPress and other platforms should really be more proactive on people copying your hard work. 😒 Apart from the plugin that someone mentioned (which I will be using too!!) if you know a bit of html you can put a code in your theme to deactivate right/left click. So, no one will be able to highlight, copy etc your content.

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  20. I’m sorry someone else plagiarized you and your friend’s work. I can’t believe they would go that low. It’s a shame we never know the intention of these people. Thank you for letting your voice be heard on this issue.

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  21. I saw what you have been going through and I cannot tell you how sorry I am. It makes me sad to see this happen to my friends in the blogging community because I know how hard we work on our content. You do not deserve to deal with this at all. It also makes me scared as a fellow blogger since this could happen to anyone. I appreciate you sharing this so people can try to be careful. I wish you all the best!

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  22. I am sorry this happened to you. It’s not fair that you shouldn’t be credited like you deserve. It’s such a tough industry but it doesn’t mean you can copy others content for your own gain. I am so pleased you are raising awareness. 🙂

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