Last week someone left the following comment on my blog:
"Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up! "
I don't know who left it because it was anonymous. It was on a post from 2007. I told my sister, Becky, about it and she said she has seen the exact same comment, word for word, only it was on someone else's blog. Is this a new form of spam? Polite, but maybe a little bit insulting at the same time? Most of my anonymous comments have to do with Viagra and other unpleasant things I am not interested in. I delete those ones.
In December I got this anonymous comment:
"I want to quote your post in my blog. It can?And you et an account on Twitter?"
I'm not sure what that last part means. I think this is spam too because it's so incoherent. But this one left me feeling particularly irritated. First of all, who are you and how shall I get back to you to let you know my answer? Second, who you are and what kind of blog you have might change my answer, which at this point is no. Third, what part exactly did you want to quote? All this info would be necessary to get your answer, but I'm sure by this point you have helped yourself to any or all parts of my blog anyway. I guess I should give this person some credit for asking.
Yes, faithful and non-anonymous readers, I have been plagiarized in the past. I found a post identical to one of mine on the blog of someone who knows someone I know. Talk about weird.
1. the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.
2. something used and represented in this manner.
And this subject, Plagiarism, brings me to a bit of a rant. I've been noticing it lately. And having it done to me, it makes me question a lot of the blogs I read. When I read your blog, am I reading YOUR words? I'm not talking about borrowing ideas or anything like that. We all get ideas from each other. I'm talking about taking things word for word or even changing a few words here and there, or the order and then passing it off as their own. I don't think there is a problem with quoting, but make sure you make it clear you are quoting, and then, site your source. Give credit where credit is due. Rant over.
Anyways, I'm going to change things so that Anonymous comments are no longer possible for my blog. Sorry if this inconveniences anybody.
P.S. Rant back on. If I notice plagiarism in a blog I read, can I assume none of their post are really theirs? And, what is the point of blogging if not to put your own thoughts, ideas, and experiences out there?
Seventeen years, seventeen stories.
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