I like blogging. I like coming up with an idea or a song, and then writing something that hopefully people will respond to. It’s not always the easiest thing to do, but I do like to do it. So imagine my surprise when one of my posts was lifted, word for word, from here and copied and pasted to another blog without any credit given whatsoever. I would have never known, had it not been for the fact that I had a link in the stolen post to another post on the blog. The resulting pingback alerted me to what was going on. While most pingbacks I approve, this one I denied.
The blogger in question, sanjays20, gave my post a different title and set it up at this link: https://sanjays20.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/smooth-criminal/.
My post that he lifted was called So She Ran Into The Bedroom. Anyone who reads that blog post at that site should be able to tell that something’s not quite right about it: the very first sentence begins with the words “Closing out the month of June…”, and it’s now November! The post also makes mention to a series of posts about Michael Jackson, none of which can be found at that blog.
I’m not one of those people who doesn’t want his work seen by others, but I do ask that if you want to reference my work on your blog, do it the way most other conscientious bloggers do it: either reblog the post or link to it properly. Don’t take others’ work and make it look like your own.
Has this ever happened to any of you or your blogs? If so, what did you do about it? For now, I have removed that blogger from my follow list (he gave my blog a follow before he lifted the post), and I have no intention of giving him a follow. I have put a copyright notice on the blog now, but I don’t know what effect that might have going forward.
So, sanjays20, I saw what you did. If you call yourself a blogger, come up with your own work, instead of stealing from others. If you must use others’ work on your site, give them some credit. Re-blog or link the post, or even give the author’s name and link to their blog. It’s the fair thing to do.