Help! I’ve Been Splogged!

I kid you not. Splog is a legit blog term. It’s a spam blog. And it. Could happen. To you! Bwaaaa haaaa haaaa haaaa haaaa….

Seriously. I’m not sure how I found it but one of my snazzy posts that I created for Country-Fried Mama’s new meme (Mmm, Mmm, Memory) was snatched up by a stealthy splogger (try saying that fast five times). This splogger copied it and pasted it and posted it on her site. Granted she gave me credit by adding my site address to the end. But it was a bit unnerving to see it posted there. And there were many others, too. Maybe yours.

I’m perplexed. Flummoxed, even. (I just had to throw that word in there. A friend of mine used it in a sentence and a fairly famous radio host accused her of not knowing what it meant. I think *he* didn’t know what it meant.) So, I’m flummoxed. Stealing other material seems like such a nasty thing to do. Didn’t you have a rule-following English teacher in high school (me) that beat the definition of plagiarism into you (see previous post here)? I suppose by definition you haven’t plagiarised if you gave me credit at the end. But it still feels creepy. And it can’t be right.

How common is this? Has it happened to you? Now I’m going to be looking over my shoulder every time I press the Publish button.

How I hate it when my rose-colored glasses get a smudge on them.

Sigh.

17 Comments

Filed under Plagiarism, Roadblocks, Soapbox

17 responses to “Help! I’ve Been Splogged!

  1. Oh no! Ridiculous. I never understand why people want to do that. If they want to blog about someone’s blog, go ahead, go for it. If they want to talk specifically about something they read, fine, do that, too. But be original, man! Come up with your own stuff. If you’re that fascinated simply provide a link and say something like, YOU … MUST … READ … THIS. Sorry it happened to you!

  2. Yeah that sucks…sadly though it happens all the time on the Internet. Many times too, if you use a URL shortener to share your blog on other sites, they’ll post their own URL as yours to steal additional traffic.

    Try Copyscape…on one of my older WordPress blogs it works like a charm.

    Have a great weekend! 😀

  3. Totally sucks. I’ve heard about it happening. But at least you got some credit. The only issue I have run up against is someone using my links to bolster their own spam links, which is annoying enough.
    I guess you can take it as a compliment. You’re that awesome.
    But still . . .

  4. ck

    Thanks for the heads-up. I never think about this stuff until someone takes the time to post about it.

    That sucks.

  5. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, I guess. I’ve got so much to learn. Blog World can be overwhelming.

  6. Amy

    OMG, that’s horrid. I don’t understand how people can be so lame. But they are. At least it’s not everyone, but it still sucks. 😦

  7. LZ

    I would not be happy if it happened to me. Unless, of course, she had some amazing site that generated tons of traffic back to me. Odds are, that’s not the case if she’s stealing your stuff. Tsk, tsk, tsk on her.

  8. This has happened so many times yo me too. It shocks me that first anyone would bother to steal something I wrote and second because it is blatantly wrong. There is no recourse for this and no consequences for them which is why they do it I guess. I don’t even think it is a real person doing it but a software program put in place to oversee hundreds of phony blogs.

  9. What! I can spell consequences but can’t catch a typo on the word “to” How lame is that. lol

  10. In nearly 2.5 years of blogging, yours is only the second incident I have heard of. I am with everyone else in wondering what the point is! I recently threw a copyright notice up on my blog, but now I am thinking I need to do some research into how it really protects me.

    I am sorry this happened!

    • I think the only thing a copyright does is protect you if you decide to sue. And nothing I print here is worth hiring an attorney over! The thing I want to learn to do is superimposing a “stamp” over my photographs so if people steal them off my site you know where it came from. Anyone know how to do that?

      • You can create your own watermark fairly easily if you have Photoshop using any text or image that you please. I think that you can even download a free version of Photoshop… it doesn’t have all the “bells and whistles” as the full version, but it’s better than nothing.

        I’ve never heard of splogging, but I loathe plagiarism. I think it shows a complete lack of creativity and intelligence while promoting laziness.

        -Jen

  11. My first thought was: you have arrived, girl! 😉 Sorry! You must have been really annoyed! I have never heard of splog, but wow! Stealing written words as your own is just plain wrong. Sorry it happened to you. {Hugs}

  12. How awful! Where did it show up?

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