Does this seem a little harsh? I’m really not trying to be. I just want to put this out there for people that may not understand or even realize that there is a certain etiquette in blog land for newbie bloggers or people out there that don’t think others are paying attention.
I want to start off by saying that Mom and I love blogging however because we try to write virtually 100% original content and very little sponsored posts. We do not produce as many articles as other blogs mainly because blogging takes so much time. I truly don’t know how others do it! That being said we do use a lot of our own original photos and very little from the web. We work extremely hard to produce the content that we put out there at no cost to our readers. That’s why I love blogs it’s like access to all these awesome magazines for free. And now we have Pinterest that we can go on and find them all.
However, there has been one problem that I have seen surfacing lately that hasn’t just happened to Mom and I but to other bloggers. I’ve seen that writers will take a project and swipe it directly from Pinterest and re-take their own pictures, re-tell the idea and only give credit to Pinterest. In other words they will blog about it and say “I saw this idea on Pinterest.” We’ve had this happened to two of our posts that I know of, Washing Windows Like A Pro and Underwire Bra Repair In 10 Seconds or Less. Although we are so happy that people are finding our posts helpful and useful it is a little irritating when we work so hard and the new writer and Pinterest gets the credit instead of us, the brains behind the idea.
Just to be clear and fair, the proper way to blog about an idea or share an idea that is not originally yours is to write your experience with the idea as a lead in to a directly link to the original web page which the content comes from. That means that you do not post the idea or the content as a whole. After all that is technically plagiarism. We all learned about how serious plagiarism is in grade school. It is also a really good idea to ask the author if you may use or feature there content. Most bloggers will happily say yes. Lastly, I highly suggest if you are writing a negative post about something you find on Pinterest you need to recognize that bloggers search for their content online all of the time and to expect that they may call you out on your negativity. To me satire is a whole different thing, I can take a joke… trust me.
So, how do you handle it when you are not getting credit? I think the best way to handle situation is to send the author an email. I assume that the author has no idea that they are doing anything wrong and ask them to kindly link to the original post. I have actually done this and there was no problem with the other blogger, I was very professional as was she. However there may be times when you feel that the person is not cooperating with your requests.In these cases you need to learn your rights as an author and then decide how you would like to proceed.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever had a post taken from Pinterest plagarized or not credited to you? How did you handle it?