Ooh! If you've seen last week's post, you'll know that I'm dealing with plagiarizing. This post was written a few months ago, but I love that it follows last week's pretty well in terms of topic!
Unless you live under a rock [or without WiFi,] you've probably seen something like this happen:
Person One says something on twitter or facebook or any other social media. It gains the attention of a lot of people. Now everyone's participating in an interesting and thought provoking discussion with no one being ignored.
But what if you have such strong opinions that you think it deserves its own post on your blog? What if you want to write a full blown essay [with gifs!] about it? I mean, it was never your discussion in the first place, but you have such interesting thoughts.
Basically, I'm wondering where the line between expressing opinions from other's discussion and stealing is drawn. I can't tell you how many times I've seen such amazing discussions and questions on twitter. It happens all the time and I think it unifies us as a community. And then, in my mind, I think "hey, wouldn't it be cool to write a post on this?"
And I nearly do.
But then, my senses kick in and I convince myself that it's plagiarism. That it's someone else's discussion and the polite thing to do is to not steal their thunder.
So I end up venting it all on twitter, even though I still want to write a post. Which is why, now I'm putting it all out here. Do you think writing a post from a discussion brought up by another is rude? I've been plagiarized [or felt like I've been plagiarized] and it isn't fun, so I'm very wary on this topic. Would I be stealing their spotlight, ideas and making myself look like a fool in the process? Or is it true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?