So I typically try to start the week off on the right foot but this weekend, I was informed by a few of you loyal readers that some of my older content was being “syndicated” across another individual’s blog. On one hand, producing content that fellow bloggers and online content creators want to share with their readers is flattering and always appreciated. However in this case, it’s pretty much a slap in the face and a kick in the proverbial design gonads…..
This particular person just wasn’t “sharing” my old content but was taking credit for it as well. Recipes, DIY projects and vignettes were lifted from the blog, pictured cropped and copy modified – essentially my work and thoughts are being used by someone else to a means to their end with no credit to me. I am angry and disturbed by the actions of this person because it seems so deliberate. The amount of energy and effort they put into lifting the content could have been better suited creating their own original content. Part of the struggle is enjoying the victory, so how hollow must their success feel when it is gotten by ill will? How can you look yourself in the mirror and say you do “good work” when you steal it from others?
I won’t be sharing the web site that has my content on it as I refuse to give them more traffic, but I have since sent an email to the person requesting the content be removed and for good measure, I asked them to post an explanation of why the content is no longer available. In the end, I know that no idea is “original” and design is just about finding a few perspective, but still……
As I start the week, I am trying to spin this experience into a positive and a learning lesson. Within every setback is a nugget of wisdom, so I am going to take the week to find mine.
Have a great week!