Sharing your food and your words on your foodie blog is a wonderful thing, but someone stealing your food and your words is definitely not an okay thing.
Ready for a rant? Well, ready or not... here goes:
As foodies, we love our food and we lovingly share it. We take the time and put a lot of energy and effort into making wonderful meals, letting our food get cold so we can get a perfect picture, then invite readers into our home--our blog--offer them a delicious meal and enjoy a conversation, in the form of comments, with them. Then a day or so later, or maybe a week or a month later, we're visiting another blog and there we see it! Our food, our words--stolen right off our pages with no link and no credit.
I've had content ripped off from this blog and some of my other blogs, as well as having complete books ripped off and offered as downloads. My words that I so lovingly created and put my whole heart and soul into, and devoted a lot of time and thought to, are stolen, with no credit and no rightful payment. Words that I chose
to share to maybe brighten someone's day, to offer them a way to meditate with coffee, to share my knowledge, to share information about writing a cookbook, were taken from me, ripped right from
my soul. It's like someone breaking into your home and stealing your most prized possessions--possessions you would have willingly shared with them if only they had asked.
As I was browsing the blogosphere this morning, cup of coffee in hand, I came across a post that someone had STOLEN from my Zen Coffee blog. And this isn't the first time someone has stolen content from that blog or my Magical Mind blog without my permission and with no credit given; they posted it as their own.
That's STEALING! That's like the guest you invited into your home and shared your food with, has lobbed off with all your food when you went into the kitchen to get them more food. I HATE this! It makes me feel upset, angry, mad, hurt, and totally pissed! It makes me not want to share my food anymore or to write posts on my other blogs.
I know that plagiarism happens all the time, to everyone sooner
or later--and I've blogged about it at my Writer's Workshop--but
it's happened to me one too many times, even with my copyright notice on my sidebar. When it happens to you--and it will, sooner
or later--there are a few things you can do about it. WordPress has an informative article about Content Theft: What To Do. CopyScape is a wonderful resource to find out who is stealing your content and has an article about Responding to Plagiarism.
Maybe I'm overreacting to the theft of my content, but I think not. It's happened one time too many. I've had my fill of it and I don't
feel like sharing anymore--on any of my blogs. But then again, I may change my mind. I'm really, really upset and angry, and mostly hurt. And when I get hurt, I get crabby, moody, and withdraw. It's in my nature; I was born under the sign of Cancer--the crab--it's kind of scary that I'm so true to what this sign represents.
Okay, rant over. I'd just like to add that I've really enjoyed making some fine foodie friends.