In addition to this blog hobby, once in a while I write slightly more educational pieces and post them on another website (see my “Parenting Project” page).
Well, about a month ago, I Googled something, clicked a random blog looking for information, started reading, and thought, “This sounds weirdly familiar.” I continued to read and upon the word “brainless” realized that I had in fact written this. Exactly this. All of this. Here were my words, reproduced, unquoted and without my permission, and published on some stay-at-home-mommy-BLOGGER-blog, the kind created for the sole purpose of generating Adsense revenue from accidental clicks and impressions.
People. Are you hearing me?!
I have been plagiarized!
So here was my first reaction:
Once I locked in that comment, I had the thought to call my sexy attorney (who happened, at that moment, to be spending the morning at Sam’s Club and Home Depot with his children). He did not answer the phone.
I proceeded to do some digging on my own. Here is a list of some things I found:
- Based on pictures, her Twitter handle, and various bio information combined through several social networking sites: The blogger in question (we’ll call her “Terry”) is an overweight, relatively young, white, stay-at-home caregiver to her three grandchildren. (Can you say two generations of teenage pregnancies?) Also, she lives in Ohio.
- Fact: Terry is attempting to generate a side income through a number of cheap blogging tricks. (1.) Generating revenue through impressions, clicks, and imbedded Adsense links. (2.) Accruing points, prizes, and freebies through imbedded referral trackers to numerous Internet-consumer-networking sites. (3.) Writing reviews for products and services.
- Fact: Only about 3% of Terry’s blog is actually original. The rest is almost directly cut and pasted from other Internet sources.
I find the third point, above, particularly interesting, given Terry’s “disclosure” page, which reads, and I quote:
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.
The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content.
The owner(s) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content may not always be identified.
Of course, Terry immediately deleted the post after reading my comment. But you better believe I’m not stopping there. So begins my quest for justice in the Internet equivalent of the War on Drugs. I realize it is a futile fight, but because it is personal, I have decided to fight it. In an effort to keep a long story interesting, I will be updating my progress in segments. Stay tuned for what happened next.