On Plagiarism and Hate Mail
Okay, everybody, my blog is exhausting me. Seriously.
This post will, of course, be about the Facebook post I wrote the other day. I was more than a little taken aback both by its popularity and the amount of hate mail I got. But we’ll get to that.
I’ll start with the most important issue. It was pointed out to me that my post was very similar to those posted by the author of the blog STFU, Parents. Now, I was aware of the existence of this site, since it had been linked to me long ago by a friend who thought it was funny (which it is), but I read it at that time and haven’t followed it since, and honestly it didn’t cross my mind when I sat down and wrote my post the other day. I just blog whatever is on my mind, and it truly didn’t occur to me that it would ever be a problem to poke fun at my own Facebook newsfeed. But the author was concerned that the jokes and the tone of my post are extremely similar. I went back to their site and see their point– I’ve felt horrible about it all day. I was actually going to delete my post entirely because as a blogger, I’d be livid if anyone ever stole my stuff, even unintentionally. But then that didn’t feel quite right to me because I honestly hadn’t based my post on the other blog at all. So I thought it would be best to just clear the air here and state that it was never my intention to copy anything, and also link to the STFU Parents site and point out that if you liked my post, then you’d like this site more, because if we’re being honest, it’s actually a good bit more hilarious than anything I wrote the other day. So, go there and enjoy!
…Unless, of course, you were one of the hundreds of people who sent me hate mail because you thought my post sucked, and then, well, I don’t know what to tell you, because I don’t plan on apologizing for a post that was meant to be lighthearted and humorous. I stated clearly in the beginning of the post that I’ve been guilty of posting the same “annoying” stuff. That’s what makes it so funny to me. As one of my readers pointed out on my Facebook wall, you’ve got to be able to laugh at yourself, right? If you lose your sense of the ridiculous, all you’re left with is a stick up your butt, and personally, I don’t think that sounds like much fun.
So, if you liked it and sent supportive words, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you. The hate mail gets to be a little bit overwhelming on days like that. I am sensitive, you guys.
But don’t worry. As always, I’ll keep on writing whatever I feel like writing, serious or sarcastic or both… unless it’s about Facebook. Think I’m gonna take a hiatus from that topic for awhile. It turned out to be a little bit more trouble than it was worth.Add a Comment