Blogging can be so sweet… How often I am inspired by other pages and posts that teach me something new, give me a snapshot into their lives, or inspire me to think about something in a way I never had before. The blogs I follow are informative, beautiful, inspirational…just like the women who write them!
And then something not so sweet will happen. Like this week when a fellow bloggy friend had a photo of hers from her blog passed off by another fb page as their own (they since removed it). And really ironic was the stealing page never apologized and said it wasn’t their fault. They didn’t know passing off someone else’s stuff as their own was wrong. (Really? Is this first grade? No wait, my first grader knows that is wrong so I’m just stumped on that one).
And then I had my unsweetened moment this week when I found some writing I had done, almost word for word, “borrowed” from my blog and found on another’s site.
Here is how I have chosen to proceed.
To the woman “borrowing” my content,
I started this blog, in its original form, three and a half years ago, in Jan 2010. My writing is based on my work, my credentials and my life experiences. When I write about time management for busy moms its because– having 5 kids and 2 jobs– I know what works. When I write about inspiring women, it is from a place of knowing what has inspired me when I felt uninspirable. It is about what comes from my kitchen, my craft room, my homeschool and my heart. Not yours.
So, to put this nicely, but to put this plain…Don’t copy other’s work or pass off their ideas and posts as your own. Find your own voice. I want to be an inspiration, but that does not give you license to pass off my writing, my words, my heart, as your own…and that includes taking my blog posts and “repackaging” them. That little thing called intellectual property applies here.
I want this blog to be a place of inspiration for women…that includes you. I want you to be inspired by what I write, but more than that, I want you to be inspired to be your most authentic self. Not a repackaged word for word version of me.