*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.