Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Apparently now I plagiarize

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"  !!
Really?
Hm.  Doubtful.
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.

14 comments:

Suman Family said...

um, that's intense.

you should probably stop doing that. :)

Trish said...
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Rae said...

I know, right?

Elise said...

ummm... you know those pictures of ryan & megan on your sidebar? those are from my blog and you never asked if you could use them.

Elise said...

i'm impressed by the 108 feeds on google reader.

Rae said...

Hahaha, whatever, I stole those from Rebecca. :)
I'm glad you and Jason are having such a laugh over this.

katherine said...

Seriously? Someone is bugging you about this? All I have to say is, I'm constantly stealing ideas and you are way better about giving credit than I am. We all know you're not copying and pasting posts. Sometimes everyone just needs a little inspiration :).

Jhope said...

Yeah I think the fact that you have a blog is a blatant copy of every other person's idea to have a blog. Also the fact that you wear jeans and work in the financial industry... Why are you trying to steal my life? Seriously. And what's up with brushing your teeth from the left to the right! Come up with your own method.

Janie's World said...

Someone is obviously very jealous of you and insecure in their own identity.

It must be great to be a person who has 100% original thought. You should send them the US Patent address so they can patent all their wonderful thoughts and then they could seriously pursue all the copycats out there and get the credit they deserve.
I hope you have blocked them from your blog, it will drive them crazy.

Marcus and Amy said...

Not that I feel my blog is "copy" worthy in any way, shape or form...if you feel it is, copy away!

You should copy a family picture and photoshop your picture into it - that could be fun! :)

maggie said...

I agree with all that the others say! Do what you want and don't worry!! :)

Natalie said...

I steal ideas all the time.... i usually just claim them as my own. :)

My friend Alisa just moved to NYC back in August. She lived in Almameda,CA for the past two years. I think you two should be friends. She is linked on my blog list of friends as Alisa B.

michellekae said...

Who seriously has the time to even care what idea's are being "copied"? People have too much time on their hands worrying about nonsensicle things. Really. I love your blog.

Debbie said...

I've been laughing my head off at this and what is the comment deleted all about??? curious minds.