I subscribe to 108 blogs via google reader. I take a daily paper, and two weekly magazines. CNBC runs on the floor at work all day every day. I do my own share of guilty tv watching. I'm constantly emailing, texting, checking facebook, and talking on the phone. I try to read the Book of Mormon every day, and a conference talk a few times a week.
It's safe to say I have a high intake of information. Perhaps there's been times I've regurgitated info that's not 100% original thought. Or maybe I've seen something somewhere I really liked and thought, "Hey, I'd like to do that too." (For instance, my California by the numbers post. I've definitely seen that many many many times.) I've seen my ideas taken as well. I put the shows I record down the side of my blog and then noticed another friend put it on hers as well. "Cool" was my thought. In turn, I changed my links to have "+" in between each name instead of "," or "and." I got that idea from my friend KB. I mentioned to her that I liked it, and her response was, "Cool, I think I actually stole it from someone else, but didn't have the courtesy of mentioning that I'd gotten it from them." KB didn't care that I'd borrowed, and I imagine the person she borrowed from didn't care either. We all do it, consciously or not, no?
I (along with someone else very close to me) have been accused of blatantly and obviously stealing thoughts. One of us (or both?) have apparently "copied blog posts outright, made our whole blog look exactly like someone else's, and even started completely morphing into another person" !!
However, maybe someone else out there feels this way? Maybe I'm completely in the wrong here? Just throwing it out there, you know, in case I've tried to steal any one else's identity. If this is the case, my sincerest apologies. If I ever like an idea you have, and put it on my blog, and it bothers you, please let me know. I'm not too worried, seeing as how I'm too lazy to switch up my blog frequently. But you never know I guess, right?
*And no, I won't send you a link to this person's blog, so please don't ask. My intent is not to embarrass anyone via the www.