Just when you thought there was one industry in which competitors could co-exist happily, there comes the story of plagiarism. No, I’m not going to go into that here, but the blogger in question acknowledges in writing on her influential blog that she has plagiarized from a number of other bloggers on a number of occasions. Tweets have been flying. Explanation posts abound. It’s a big old’ mess for the blogger, her victims and the reading public in general. It actually happened in January and is blowing up now, though not the fault of the victims. They did not out the offending blogger. If they’d wanted to do that, they could have done in months ago.
This is also a mess for the plagiarist’s faithful. Can you trust the “thoughts and opinions” of a blogger who has admitted to plagiarizing? Can you trust that blogger’s reviews?
I don’t know that this will trash the blogger’s brand, but I can certainly see the potential for that to happen.
Bloggers, who hold down day jobs and also maintain active, monetized blogs (i.e. accept and actually book steady advertising), aren’t casual weekend bloggers. They generally blog for all their lives are worth. They care about their subject matter. And they also have to have fresh, meaningful content if they want to keep advertisers happy and traffic up. I have no problem with monetized blogs. I’m just illustrating that content has to be a priority if you are a monetized blogger. That content has to be unique, clever, and pulling in the followers.
Blogging has become “the second job” or the “the career” for many bloggers. In the blogging world over the last four years, enthusiasts have found a voice, a home, a purpose and careers in countless hobbies and passions. Blogging is business for some. We all know that. We still enjoy the blogs. We’re still happy to have the content even if a blogger gets paid. In fact, most folks cheer to see the good old American engine of opportunity cranked up and running smoothly.
Where am I going with this? I want to know…
What you think about plagiarism? And if you’d trust the reviewer again? Is this “second chance” time or would you never go back to the site?
I want to know who your favorite bloggers and blogs are? (URL’s are appreciated but not required!) I want to know how you find blogs? I want to know how often you visit blogs? Tell the truth! Are blogs your new “daily paper?” Are they how you connect online (versus Twitter)? Do you tweet, status update and email great blog topics?
Do YOU blog? And where?
Today, YOU’RE talking about blogs. I want to know the good, the bad and the ugly of being a consumer of blogs. What makes your roll your eyes? What do you hate? What do you love about reading blogs? What do you love about blogging yourself?
Sound off! Inquiring minds want to know.