This morning, rather than hauling my fat ass into the office at a reasonable time, I decided to check my blog stats. Hmmmm. What’s this? A new incoming link. Perhaps I have a secret admirer who has decided to add me to their blogroll? That’s always a pleasant surprise, but more often than not it is one of the automatically generated WordPress links. But, hey, a new link is a new link. So, I go to check it out.
Interesting . . . this post has the same title as my last post, “Strangers”. OK. It’s probably just an autolink. Well, let’s see what they have to say . . . hey! Some of these words are my words. Whole sentences worth of my words. A whole paragraph’s worth! Unlike one of those marketing sites who steal your posts whole, there is a real person behind this site who took my idea and elaborated on it for himself.
I decide to leave a comment about how it is not nice to plagiarize, and if he is going to jump off of my post, I sure would appreciate credit. But my comment won’t take. It doesn’t even say it is going to be moderated, it just disappeared. Hmmm. Have I been blocked? Or was it user error?
There is a part of me that’s pissed. How dare you steal MY words? But, then I read his About page. It’s just a kid – an 18 year old young man who, like this middle-aged woman, is using his blog to work his thoughts, to reach out and try and communicate something to someone, anyone. However, he needs to know that it is not OK to steal other people’s words. You can borrow them, sure, but you gotta give some credit, ya know?