As per Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (Eleventh Edition), plagiarize is defined as “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own : use (another’s production) without crediting the source…”
As per a blog etiquette rule unbeknownst to us, cutting and pasting someone else’s whole post and putting it in your own post, regardless if you have given credit to the original writer and written your own introduction, is inappropriate and unacceptable. Okay. We’ve got it. We understand now.
But understand this: that is not plagiarism.
I don’t claim to know anything, except for knowing how to correctly use a dictionary. In fact, in 6th grade, I was the fastest kid in my class at looking up words in the dictionary. Who gives a fuck? Well, that’s how I feel about your post ranking. So you go be proud and protective of your post ranking, and I’ll go and be proud of my grand accomplishment from 6th grade.
What I do care about is doing things correctly and not hurting others, so if either one of us has breached some unwritten blog etiquette rule, then please tell us. But, please, do the appropriate thing. Take us aside and tell us, which, in the blogging world, would be the equivalent of privately emailing us. Don’t accuse us of something in our comments section. Apparently, appropriate contact is protocol even in the blog etiquette rulebook that is floating around in cyberspace.
If you are going to be rude and accuse us of something in our comments section, make sure you know the correct definition of what you are accusing us of. If you want to bring it on in public, make sure you know what you are talking about. We may or may not give you the time of day. It depends on if we’ve got that extra 20 minutes to spare between taking care of our families and doing more important things, like… oh, I don’t know… life outside the internet.
You see, we write this blog as a hobby and to connect with each other and other like-minded people. We don’t give a fuck about post rankings (whatever those are) and blog drama. There is enough drama in real life, like cancer, family issues, death, parenting… your typical adult responsibilities in life.
If you don’t like our blog, then go elsewhere. Thanks for stopping by, and I wish you luck with your future endeavors. If we’ve done something inappropriate according to a blogging world rule that, apparently, everyone agreed on, then we apologize. We are new at this, and there will be mistakes made. Nobody learns without making mistakes along the way. We don’t mind being told in a polite way.
It annoys me that grammar and spelling have gone completely out the window when it comes to blogging. Obviously, people are now altering definitions of words as well. Let’s not throw away common sense and politeness, too.
But if you insist on putting the gloves on and duking it out, be prepared. We’re no pansies. And I always keep a dictionary close by. 😉