Maybe I missed the point?

Today, my Twitter feed blew up for a bit with talk of plagiarism and bloggers stealing other people’s words.  I know that I’m new to the blogging world, but I always thought that the point of blogging, and writing in general, was to take the words that were floating around in your head, and put them down on paper.  Taking someone else’s words kind of defeats the purpose.  And for what? To show how popular you are?  To get as many people as you can to clink on your site and read your post?  To get companies to give you free stuff?

Maybe it’s because I don’t have a large following, or maybe it’s because I write for me, and if other people happen to relate to my words, or like what I have to say, then great.  If they don’t, that’s fine too.  Sure it might be great to be able to work with companies that I like, and share my thoughts on products.  It wouldn’t be so great, though, if it made me feel like I no longer had my own words.  I’m not willing to beg, borrow or steal in order to do that.  And that is what taking words is.  It’s stealing.  And it’s not cool.  Remember all of those lectures in school about how it sucked to take someone else’s thoughts and pass them off as your own?  Same thing goes here.  Just because it’s online and not in some textbook or library somewhere doesn’t make it any less wrong.  You wouldn’t take the words of Dr. Seuss and try to pass them off as yours, would you?  So why would you do it to another blogger?  Because they are not as well known?

Have you ever been in a group of people when all of a sudden, 6 people are all trying to say the same thing, but in a slightly different way?  Of course you have – we’ve all been there.  That’s ok.  The thought may be the same, but we all have different ways of expressing ourselves.  That is the beauty of writing.  I love to hear different people explain how things work in their head.

We all write for different reasons.  Sometimes I have thoughts or questions that I want to get out.  Sometimes I have funny stories, or things that I think are interesting that I want to share.  Sometimes I just want to be silly.  It’s my blog.  That is my right.  They are my words.  I just don’t understand taking the words out of someone else’s head.  To me, that would be like taking someone else’s underwear out of their dryer.  You may think that it’s pretty, but there are some things that you just shouldn’t do.  You wouldn’t want someone coming into your house and taking your lacy undies now, would you?

 

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4 Responses to Maybe I missed the point?

  1. Sharon says:

    I don’t get the whole stealing thing either. It boggles my mind that someone would do it in the first place and secondly, think they wouldn’t get caught. I feel like my words are all I have and if I steal someone elses and try to pass them off as my own, I will have lost any trust I ever had with my readers. There’s nothing in the world that could compensate me for that loss.

    • onecrazykid says:

      I wonder, sometimes, do people copy things because they think that they have nothing valuable to say? Or is it just sheer laziness? I completely agree with your point Sharon. I read people’s writing because I like their style, the words that they choose, the messages and stories that they share. Those are the things that bring me back. I would never be able to read someone’s work the same way if I knew that it was stolen. That relationship would be gone.

  2. stashabecker says:

    I love the underwear comparison. I did not follow either of the bloggers involved in the “scandal” but I really am shock by it. It is absurd, particularly since what was stollen was about pregnancy and very personal topics. I agree, the beauty of blogging and writing is that it is your work, your words. But if you ever attend any of these bloggy conferences you will soon realize people are really into making this their career…

    • onecrazykid says:

      I will be going to my very first blogging conference in August, the one and only BlogHer. I will admit, I’m a bit scared, but I am hoping to meet other people who blog for fun too, and not for a career. I know they are out there. 🙂 I love to be able to read the words and thoughts that other people have, and see what makes them unique and special.

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