Wednesday, February 24, 2016

BE INSPIRED BUT DON'T PLAGIARIZE YOUR FELLOW BLOGGER

 “Plagiarism: An act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own […].” – Dictionary.com


 BE INSPIRED BUT DON'T PLAGIARIZE YOUR FELLOW BLOGGER

Like most mommy bloggers out there, I work extremely hard on my blog and have made many amazing connections in the blogging community.  I'm several years into this venture and have done quite a bit of writing now.  Sometimes I write something awesome and sometimes I write complete garbage... but either way I post from my heart, from personal experiences, and to get through this crazy thing called parenting.  I hope to inspire and help other moms make it through as well.   Most mothers experience a lot of the same things so posting a similar story or idea is probably quite common, but posting the same story word for word just a few hours later or taking someone's ideas and twisting them to make them yours is usually extremely obvious.  It's happened to me a few times and I am usually more hurt that the individual didn't credit me for inspiring them or acknowledging my hard work than anything else.  I am here to connect with other mothers for support and creative encouragement.  When you plagiarize my work it means you have zero intention of ever forming a bond through motherhood or a joining the support system.  More likely than not you will have to avoid me for stealing my work and quite frankly, that sucks!!! 
 
Recently a fellow mother took my blog post and barely rephrased it just 6 hours later... and it actually received more attention and praise than mine.  It's not a popularity contest but "WTF!"  That shit hurts.  She didn't have to use a single brain cell and all of a sudden you are a brilliant, inspiring, relatable mom?  Not cool.  Maybe she didn't know that changing a word here and there to make it her own is STILL plagiarism?  I doubt it, but either way it drove me to write this blog post.  Someone needs to stand up and say something. 
 
Forget any legal ramifications or that plagiarism is just ethically wrong, but my biggest reason for writing this is to demonstrate how important it is to not burn bridges.  Your fellow mommy friends and bloggers are there to help you network with each other.  You can grow your brand by bringing more traffic to your site, more people to your business, and even one day land a job at your dream company.  I have had a few moms out there come to me and ask me if I am interested in jobs at their companies.  Imagine one day you decide to apply to a well known blog for a writing gig and they recognize your name because another mom outed you for plagiarism!  It spreads like wildfire and the Internet leaves an endless paper trail.  No one wants to work with someone who isn't credible.

So next time you decide to plagiarize and take credit for something you didn't do, support your fellow blogger by sharing their work instead.  Work together and hopefully we can all inspire others with your original thoughts and content, while sharing the work of our peers that truly hits home.

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