Two rants in one week, gee, I'm on fire!
So I consider myself to be like Taylor Swift in blogging. What does that mean? I use all the crap/good experiences in my life/blogging life to write down as posts. Unlike her, I don't really leave clues as to who these people are, though. To me, I just need a healthy way to get it all out without putting someone under the microscope.
I've written about twitter drama and how to's, "originality in blogging" and getting along with others. All these discussions came from fights/misunderstandings with others and I totally don't regret writing it at all.
To those who don't know because you're somewhat new *waves*, I am ALL about the originality. I know that I'll never be 100% original, which is fine, but I do my best. You can see this when I do "Mandatory Rules On", "Novel Melodies" and even the way I write my reviews. I've always felt like there's something special about your blog. Make it special.
I also want to point out that plagiarism is [taken from Google] stealing language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's own original work. So yes, stealing a post idea is plagiarizing, even if you didn't steal my post.
So what do I do when I'm going through my blogging rounds [this was on Tuesday] and I see that someone's done a "Mandatory Rules On" post? [Mandatory Rules is when I share sarcastic "rules" on how to do something badly.]
Now the first thing I do is get a little hurt. Or a lot hurt. In this case, it was a lot. I read the post and while it was nice and had the same sarcasm that I do, I was also a little offended. Apparently, it wasn't meant to be in that format but things ended up that way.
But then! Hold up!
I did something that was both bad and good. Well, two things. The first thing I did was take my rage to twitter in an epic subtweeting match. That was the bad. As a person, I overreact and tend to regret after. It's a vicious cycle.
However, after some civil DMs and apologizing on both sides [I was totally bad!] we totally worked it out.
But the whole problem just makes me wonder. How do you know when you've been plagiarized? Because I don't consider the stupid misunderstanding plagiarism, or at least not anymore.
In a real plagiarism situation...
I love to give people the benefit of the doubt. But I'm also wildly skeptical. So without an explanation, I will almost always take things the wrong way. However, this doesn't mean that I go on a harrassment rage. I'm typically the "burn in silence" type or not, I guess, because I am writing this post.
But if you've seen something on my blog that you've never seen on another's, it is wrong to adapt it without asking. It's also rude and completely unprofessional. I guarantee, you will not make friends this way.
And how do I know?
Because I did the same thing. I stole a blogger's idea and we got into a HUGE fight [I was the wrong one, duh.] This happened a LONG time ago. Now we're friends and it's all in the past but seriously, do not mess with a blogger's features. Think of your own! Or at least, get the courtesy to ask.
But what if it's a coincidence?
Really, anyone can say that it's a coincidence and only they would know. If it is [or they say it is], it's all on them. I also refuse to call them a liar because I always want to think the best of people. I might have wary thoughts on them, but I won't hate them. People post what they want to post, right?
It's a scary thought - how far is too far? When is plagiarism a coincidence? Are they lying or are you too skeptical? All the question! Let me know what you think.