Thursday, January 14, 2010

Plagiarism Alert (Or, Somebody Stole My Blog Post!)

I just discovered another mummy blogger stole a couple of lines from a post I did about my day with Jordy.

She stole my opener.

I wrote this:

I was inspired by what Aunty Adora blogged about one time about her daily routine with your friend Poppy. It made me see the little wonders in our daily routine, simple and quiet as it may be. So I thought I'd just pen a little something about how our day normally goes right this moment. Just for posterity's sake.

And she wrote this:

"It made me see the little wonders in our daily routine, simple and quiet as it may be. So I thought I 'd just pen down a little something about how our day used to be. Just for posterity's sake."

And she stole my closing. I wrote this:

It's a simple life Jordy. But rather charmed. Magically real, or really magic.

And she wrote this:

"So that's it. Our life before work. It's a simple life, M****. But rather charmed. Magically real with simple happiness and bliss."

I don't know whether to be flattered or flabbergasted.

Now. I am OK with borrowed references. I after all, have used a few ideas from other bloggers but have always credited the source. In fact, my post on a day in the life of Jordy was inspired by Adora's post. That's OK. That's all part of the creative process. But to just STEAL someone's words and cunningly dump them in your blogpost? NOT OK. NO, SCHMO.

My only consolation is that it is obvious the blogger in question has plagiarised as the rest of the blogpost is riddled with grammar mistakes and structural lapses.

And the worst thing? The mum stole my words to describe a day in the life with her daughter. I think that's the saddest, most unoriginal thing I've seen in a while.


Off to the Chocolate Cafe with Sandy and Olive soon. Will need a good chocolate tart to get rid of the bitter taste in my mouth!


maree said...

Good Grief! Well she obviously reads your posts so she will know she has been found out....& yes, it is sad...

unk Dicko said...

It may be a very immature blogger-mother we see here. She might also not know how to credit a source, though rather unlikely.
If she does not repeat it again...she would have learnt.

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry to hear of your bad experience. :(
I stumbled across your blog today and wanted to wish you a happy 2010!
Greetings from Canada.


Unk Dicko said...

Never mind lah. Consider it a compliment. And she's sure to read your blog again. Hopefully it will sink through to her to credit the source of a quote or copying some lines from a post.
Credit to you for not highlighting her website.