Give credit where credit is due...

Published on February 21, 2011

I got the idea from The Manila Girl to use Copyscape. I watched and read its tutorials and tried it as soon as I understood what it’s for. I tried it out of sheer boredom. I wasn’t expecting to get any results because I don’t think I am in the position to be “copied”. But I was surprised when I got a hit. According to Copyscape, a certain blogger copied the contents of a post I wrote last May in support of Richard Gordon. I didn’t know what to feel when I saw the site and read MY work. I know that I am almost a year late to react but I didn’t know the existence of the said blog until I used Copyscape.

I remember people leaving me messages and comments asking permission if they could repost that blog entry. And with the numerous amounts of inquiries, I decided to update that post saying that it is okay to share it. I told myself that maybe the blogger just misunderstood it. But then again, responsible bloggers put credits in materials they use that do not belong to them.

He wasn’t the first person to post that entry. I saw that post in other blogs and forums. The difference is, they properly acknowledged me and my site. He didn’t. It took me three days to organize my thoughts and write that post. While that blogger probably spent three seconds to copy and publish my work. He did not even put my blog’s link or at least a “written by” in his post. It was as if he wrote that himself.

I saw the blogger’s Facebook page and found out that we have a common friend. I asked my friend Dianne if she could relay my message to the blogger. I am not mad. But my friends who learned about this incident are really furious. They know how much I love writing and how I spend time keeping up my blog. They said (and I know) that it is considered plagiarism. I am upset and I feel disrespected. It was as if somebody robbed me of something I worked hard for. But then again, I am still giving the blogger the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the blogger was just as passionate as I was to help Gordon win the presidential election that he forgot to put my name and that of my site in his blog post.

I know that I am not the first blogger to experience this. I remember reading a story from another blogger that she found out that her entry was published in a newspaper without her consent. I am not claiming to be original. I shifted into food blogging because I was inspired when I read Between Bites. I read other food blogs and try the restaurants they tried. But I make sure that I write my OWN opinions. Even if I don’t need to, I ask Kriska’s permission out of courtesy when I want to copy a widget that I saw from her blog. There may be times that I failed to put my source when I use an image in my posts or forgot to quote someone else’s words. But as far as I can remember, I have never copied someone else’s work.

Blogging for years made me know other bloggers and even gave me the chance to meet new friends. And now is not the time for me to make enemies. What’s done is done. So for now, I’ll just wait for his explanation.

I know some of you may think that I am making a big deal out of it. I know I am not a well-known blogger. I don’t make a living out of writing so I didn’t lose a single centavo with what he did. But I am the type of person who stands up for what I believe is right. It’s easy for me to just let it pass since it has almost been a year since the blogger posted that entry. But I want this to be a lesson to all bloggers and those who aspire to be one. We need to be mindful of everything we post online. And yes, let’s respect other bloggers and site owners by giving them the credits they deserve.

Give credit where credit is due.

Update: I also sent a private message to the blogger. He explained that it was just an honest mistake. So there, case closed. Happy blogging! ;)

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1 comments

  1. Imitation is the best form of flattery, as they say. It's just kind of annoying I know. But don't worry it just goes to show that you really are a good writer. *hugs* :)

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