I’ve been noticing a trend lately, maybe you have too. If someone finds a unique hook, writes something radically different or changes their theme to a never before used design, everyone else does the same thing.
This needs to stop.
I wrote a while ago how bloggers were getting their periods at the same time. I said it in jest and to point out that we tend to write about a lot of the same topics at the same time. Sometimes this is done deliberately in the form of a carnival or theme but often times it seems as if one blogger finds a great topic and then others, who see how popular it was, basically steal it. They rewrite it and throw it up on their blog.
I know, stealing is a strong word.
I’ve gotten many topics by stealing. Just the other day I was over at MrsBlogalot’s and saw what a great post she had written about being a blog junkie. I left a comment and while writing it noticed I had a post in the making. My Boyfriend or Blog post was born out of her Blog Junkie post. However, they weren’t the same post. Lately I have seen many blogs that seem to have taken the post from another blogger, change a word or two and then call it there own. This happened over at Agoosa.com recently. She had posted a little tip about what to do with that last slice of bread. Several comments were left thanking her for such a helpful tip. The next day one of the commenters used the post, didn’t even bother to change it up, as her own.
Stealing is wrong. And thankfully it doesn’t happen all that often.
What I have noticed happening more often is blogs are being copied in theme, tone of voice and especially schtick.
I don’t know who started the cat blog fad, probably that cheeseburger cat, but whoever did it is now responsible for 352 billion blogs about cats, dogs, goats and other animals. I’ve even seen hermit crabs. Seriously, hermit crabs? They aren’t the most social of animals. How does anyone fill a post with a talking hermit crab?
Well, I hid in my shell most of the day. When it got dark I crawled around looking for water. They forgot to feed me again.
Having said there are billions of animal blogs I have to say this, there are three of them who do it so well I honestly think I am leaving a comment for a furry friend. Daisy, Pricilla and Nooter are superb at the animal blog genre. When I stop by the Maaaaa of Pricilla and leave a comment I know a goat has not only written the post but is also reading my comments. When Nooter stops by my blog I get all excited because I love dogs and he is so cute and reminds me of one of my dogs who is no longer here. I feel as if I need to leave dog treats out for him, just to get him to stop by on his rounds.
The reason these animal blogs are so good is because the authors never break character and they don’t treat their audience like idiots. These blogs are irreverent and self deprecating which makes them so enjoyable. Even though I have a cat I am not a cat person. My cat ignores me. I am only good for feeding her, changing her litter box and providing my feet for her to sleep on. Cats don’t take to me usually. I am a dog person. Because of the way my cat treats me, like I am her bitch or something, I fly by most of the cat blogs. Not Daisy and Harley. They are cute and they do good things for other animals. They also remind me of my children. These animal blogs are intelligent and interesting. The millions of copycat blogs that try to be like them are not. They are just annoying.
Another thing that has just gotten way out of hand is the strike through. It was funny at first but now it’s getting old. Maybe I need to wear my glasses more often but I have a hell of a time reading what is under the strike through slashes. If you don’t want to say something then don’t say it. Use the backspace key and get rid of the original thought. We all know we think horrible thought sometimes and lie about them. It’s been done to death.
( I would have totally over used the strike through thing except I don’t have the option in my editor and I am too lazy to do the HTML code for it)
Another thing I have noticed lately is that bloggers are using the same tone of voice. I go from one blog to the next and they all read as if they could have been written by the same person. Which is not to say that they are written poorly, not at all, they just sound like everyone else. I don’t have the skills to take this one apart. I can’t pinpoint what is so annoying about reading different posts that sound like they were all written by a computer. Because they don’t sound like they were written by a machine, they are good but there is nothing unique about them anymore. The AdMaster does a much better job explaining the importance of finding your own voice.
And finally, I’ve had it with the fucking cartoon characters. These were cute at first but now everyone has one. Aren’t we adults now? The cartoon characters remind me of high school and having cute stickers on lockers and books. The cartoon characters are always juggling baby bottles, minivan keys, laptop, purse and other items. Who wants to juggle all that shit?
If I ever figure out how to make a cartoon character for my blog (would someone please help me make a cartoon character for my blog, I really want one) it will have me juggling a box of wine, a vibrator with extra batteries just in case, and a take out menu.
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Strikethroughs drive me bonkers as well. Almost as much as people who Stop. After. Every. Word.
Let’s face it: snarky seems to be the new style. And so many people are doing it that it is losing it’s potency and relevance.
.-= tysdaddy´s last blog ..Spitting Prejudice =-.
Gosh, thanks so much for the kind words! I love Pricilla, too, and I am going to go meet Nooter. Sometimes thinking of good blog posts is hard. It helps when I put on my thinking cap though.
.-= Daisy the Curly Cat´s last blog ..Proof that I am a little angel! =-.
I can design you that cartoon character….just saying.
.-= Lee the Hot flash queen´s last blog ..Looks Like We Made It =-.
Schtick. So one of my favorite words. Goes great with an awesome post!
….Really? You can do something with the last slice of bread?
JUST so I can help you out in case you ever WANT to use it, the strike code is:
I hope I am never included in blogs you hate!
.-= Joe Cap´s last blog ..What’s Cooking? =-.
ACK!!! When I gave you the strike code, it STRUCK it! I swear I did not do that on purpose! I didn’t realize I could use code in the comments!
.-= Joe Cap´s last blog ..What’s Cooking? =-.
Yes. I hate that shit. I think I even saw a blog that ripped one of my ideas.
As corny as fuck my ideas are, they are ORIGINAL and don’t fucking steal them without my permission.
.-= Ian´s last blog ..The Story Behind a True Fan =-.
There is an easy fix to people stealing your ideas. Write crap that no one wants to steal. That’s what I do and it works pretty well. Seriously. How many other people on Adgitize or EntreCard want to write about installing software packaging systems on a Nokia N900 cellphone, or write about the argument between board members about who should be on the finance committee at of their local school board?
Okay, I can see some people going off on a snarky, “Stupidest comments heard at a local board meeting”, but still, that is a stretch to steal.
Of course, then no one wants to read those blog posts so what’s the point? Maybe I’ll just go back to writing about the trials of being a pre-menopausal male.
Men go through pre-menopause too… is that what my husband is going through early?
Jen. I concur.
Though I do blog about freebies and all of that jazz, and it can be pretty much the same thing going from blog to blog of the same thing. I try to make is snazzy and add some of my own wit into my posts. At least one person said I have an interesting freebie blog, instead of the other ones out there. Brightened my day.
I should get a new vibrator too. Much more easy than trying to find time with my hubby since he’s not really home that much. LOL
.-= Alison´s last blog ..VASKA Detergent Sample =-.
OMGOMGOMG I laughed out loud at your juggling act. YOU ARE HYSTERICAL!
I was floored when that lady copied my Agoosa post. Left nice comments on my personal blog, must have clicked my link to Agoosa, then took that post. She didn’t realize that I owned both. Nice lady – sorry she had to do that. Haven’t heard from her since I tweeted about it, of course not naming names.
I LOVE the animal blogs you talked about. I think they ROCK. How creative too – very good writers.
You know, I have to be VERY careful not to do cross overs in my posts now, thanks for ruining THAT one. Can-I-still-do-dashes? heh heh
.-= Katherine´s last blog ..I Danced. I Crowed. I Had Big Hair. =-.
Let me guess….you’re on your period?
ROFL Sorry, I had to.
.-= Redheaded Stepchild´s last blog ..Call It Spring Cleaning =-.
I’ve actually had hermit crabs and they are very social and if you have more than one, they can be very different so I can see where you could have a hermit crab blog.
I have more than one blog and the “voice” is slightly different on each. And I try to keep it that way.
Many times I will start to write a comment, realize that it’s getting long and think that I should write a blog about my thoughts on the subject but then worry that I’m going to be seen as “stealing” someone’s idea. Most of the time it works out, though, because by the time I get around to writing my blog entry for that day, the “stolen” post has vanished from my brain. Yay senility?!
.-= MsDarkstar´s last blog ..Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place…(3) =-.
I’m so glad no one wants to steal my posts. They are boring and I haven’t figured out what the hell I’m writing about anyway. I should be safe for a while, huh?
Speaking of dogs and people who talk for them (as them) one of our customers spoke for our dog without a tail yesterday. She was funny. eh, you had to be there.
See? No-one will steal what I write.
Good post. But I think I have to steal your idea for the cartoon character holding those particular items…
.-= Maureen@IslandRoar´s last blog ..Lucky Dog =-.
I steal blog stuff all the time. I’m going to continue to steal too. Bwahahahahaha.
I keep my batteries in the fridge. Just saying.
Have a terrific day and weekend. 🙂
.-= Comedy Plus´s last blog ..Teaching Your Children =-.
You know what I LOVE? Rants like this. Seriously, I love to spew myself, so I love to get worked up when someone else is doing the ranting. I’m there with you with a “Hell, yeah!”
In my defense, I do occasionally write about my pups, but that’s only because they’re kind of assholes. And yes, you were so succinct when you said you’re your cat’s bitch. Man, I know that feeling.
On a more serious note, I am just a little blogger in this huge blogosphere. A few months back a blogger with quite a following that I’d been following myself, started commenting on my site and I was so thrilled! I thought, at first, it might just be a coincidence when she had a couple posts that closely resembled mine. But, now, there’s been some actual lifting of partial posts with a few words changed. It’s so pathetic. I’m not going to make a fuss because she is big and I am ever so small and it’s just not worth it. Besides, there’s that imitation thing and flattery, right?
.-= joann Mannix´s last blog ..Lessons I Am Learnin’ You Today—You Are Welcome =-.
I can’t stand the strike outs they are so hard to read! I love the post it’s honest and to the point!
Tysdaddy: I forgot about the full stops. Thanks for the reminder. These are all effective methods for getting the tone across on a written format, however it just seems as if everyone is doing it now, and not everyone. talks. that. way.
Daisy: You are going to love Nooter. He might afraid of you so be nice.
Lee: Really? I’ll send you an email. This is great!
MrsBlogalot: I love the word Schtick too and also the name Benjamin Netanyahu. Say it over and over again, it’s a lot of fun.
Joe: HAHA! You’ve been hanging here for too long, now you’re starting to do it.
Ian: How many coffees have you had so far today? No, it really stinks when someone takes something you have worked really hard on. (Yes, I said hard on and didn’t even mean it that way)
Aldon: At least you are involved with your local school board. If I were my posts would be all about the stupid things everyone said or did, and then of course I couldn’t tell any of them about the blog but hey, you are writing about something that people can actually utilize. You aren’t filling up space talking about vibrators and box wine. You should be proud. Pre-menopausal men? I want to read that one.
Alison: I didn’t include freebies and giveaways because I forgot all about them. However, those pay the bills so I have no complaint with them, and I can easily skip over them if I want. I don’t have a need for diapers or any baby related product anymore so I don’t usually enter them. But they are a great way to get people to your blog. Don’t forget to keep the batteries in the fridge.
Katherine: Sorry about the strike through. Sure, go ahead and ruin the dashes for everyone.
When my son hands in a paper at school he runs it through this program that determines if it is orignal content or not. The teacher makes them and they have to be under 20% or something (which means they can include quotes or research) I don’t know where it is but that would be a handy tool for bloggers who are getting ripped off.
Redheaded Stepchild: Yes. Got a problem with that?
MsDarkstar: We have two hermit crabs. They hide inside their little coconut hut all day. They don’t do much but probably because they have no energy since I keep forgetting to feed and water them. I’m surprised they are still alive.
I’ve come up with some of my best posts from the comments. I don’t consider that stealing, it’s always nice to tip you hat to the blogger who inspired you but that isn’t stealing.
Jenn: First of all the Scotch Tape on the belly button to stop motion sickness I am so stealing in a week or two when you have forgotten about it. Who didn’t have a tail, the dog or the human? I’m confused about the tail, what does it have to do with talking?
Maureen: Feel free to juggle all the vibrators you want. Just don’t make the character have red hair, unless of course you have red hair.
Comedy Plus: Thanks for the tip, they are in there now!
Joann: Send me an email naming names. That would totally piss me off. Some of my posts take minutes to write, and it shows, but most of the time they take a lot of time and energy. I’d be knocking on her blog making her give me credit at least. Hell, she should take them down, that’s just wrong. I know people who know people, just say the word.
I write about my dog a lot too, I just don’t talk for him. I can hardly come up with a coherent sentence for myself so I wouldn’t dream of talking for my dog.
Stacie: Thanks, from one who should be wearing her glasses to another.
I haven’t found actual plagiarism of my blog, but I have found little things people have stolen, here or there.
I think I am lucky, in that I have a very unique blog voice/sense of humor, and if someone who was a serious writer all of a sudden started talking about how babysitters are to Jon Gosselin like duct tape is to MacGuyver, people would raise an eyebrow.
.-= Kristina P.´s last blog ..Search, Ponder, and Buffet =-.
My biggest blog pet peeves are truncating posts in reader, music widgets that auto-play, comment moderation, word verification or anything that makes it harder to comment.
I also don’t read pet blogs. Nor do I read swinger or sex blogs. They’re usually boring.
.-= Jay´s last blog ..A Little Q&A … =-.
This goat doesn’t know what to say.
I work very hard at trying to make an interesting blog.
The only day it is boring is on AbbyDay but I cannot help that.
I love Daisy too but I have not met Nooter. I will have to go do so.
Stealing is wrong.
Erm, unless it’s Abby’s apples.
.-= Pricilla´s last blog ..AbbyDay: I Get Some Brushing =-.
I agree that so many bloggers are all trying to sound the same — and they do — but it’s boring. Snark is like cumin… a little goes a long way. I don’t want a whole plate of the stuff.
So much good stuff in this post, Jen.
.-= injaynesworld´s last blog ..injaynesworld we take "A Look Into The Future…" =-.
It must be awfully hard for an author to pretend to be something they’re not, day after day, week after week.
I keep doing my thing, because it’s me. Regardless of whether anyone bothers to read it.
.-= The Mother´s last blog ..Beatrice de Planissoles Tells it All =-.
I think I’m guilty of stealing stuff. If someone writes something it does jiggle my brain and makes me think of something else about the topic. I think it would be really terrible to take some else’s words. (But that’s because I like what I have to say so much!) I am in love with Nooter, and Harry considers him a good friend. This is really a good post, Jen. Lots to think about!
.-= Linda Medrano´s last blog ..Shelly, The Snake, and Humphrey =-.
i like the strike out thing. I’ve never used it though, but only because I usually write in word (which doesn’t have it) and import it. I will have to check out those animal blogs. Bernthis did a post a few weeks ago from her dog’s perspective and it was hilarious.
.-= SuziCate´s last blog ..Sinful Cyber Schemes =-.
Can I steal your cartoon character when you get it? It would be SO ME! lol Happy Friday.
LMAO! The hermit crab thing will have me trying to think of the most unique blog I have ever seen all day, there are some very odd ones. I reuse some things just because they have been around for so long, there is no other way to come up with something new to say for that subject (subjects about HTML/CSS, and jokes) – I always try to give credit where it is due when possible.
.-= Paul´s last blog ..Fawlty Towers Friday – Basil Car Thrashing =-.
“I have seen many blogs that seem to have taken the post from another blogger, change a word or two and then call it there own. ”
Now I haven’t seen that, because if I did, I would have to call that person out on it. That IS absolutely stealing. And its wrong.
Some of my blog post IDEAS have been spawned from other people’s posts, but like you said, that is NOT stealing because I use MY OWN WORDS.
I am also sick of the cartoons, cat blogs, and slashes. It’s enough already.
As far as ‘finding my voice’ Im not sure I have ‘mastered’ that over the last four years. I think my voice / tone of a particular blog post largely depends on the mood I am in while I am writing it.
.-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Doing Things Differently™ – My Week In Review [Part Five] =-.
Good thing I have NO IDEA how to do strike through. BUT had several blog topics stolen and I’m not popular so I can’t imagine how you popular folk feel!
.-= Holly´s last blog ..My Disappearing Act =-.
I too am getting tired of the cartoon characters that are everywhere! And LOL @ the last sentence in this post.
.-= David´s last blog ..Mens 2X2 Ribbed Beanie Agean Stripes =-.
Kristina: “babysitters are to Jon Gosselin like duct tape is to MacGuyver” just gave me a flashback to 8th grade. You do have a unique voice but you’d be surprised especially with all your comments, people will start using little things you say. I bet your “____ is to____ like ____ is to ____ ” will start showing up in other spots.
Jay: People who have auto play music are the devil’s spawn ( stole that) and should be shot and pissed on. Word verification just pisses me off because it means if I want to leave a comment I will have to spend half the day guessing at the fake almost real words. They are not kind to dyslexics.
Pricilla: You will love Nooter, he is a very sweet animal. I know you try and you can’t do anything about Abby.
Jayne: Do you think it’s snark? I suppose it is. Another thing I have learned to hate is when I visit a blog, read the first post and it’s like joining a private joke that I am not in on. Each post should give the basics so new visitors know what is being discussed.
Mother: I wonder if they don’t acquire that personality of sorts. You see it all the time in high school. Valley Girl talk is a perfect example. I suspect most don’t talk like that anymore. When was the last time anyone gagged on a spoon. It does pass and eventually the real personality reveals itself.
I love your blog even if it makes my head hurt sometimes. I figure if it hurts I’m learning something. Lately I have learned I am thankful I didn’t live a long long time ago.
Linda: I believe that is called inspiration and not theft. Stealing was a strong word but some people do it. They get shut down usually. Nooter is great, I bet he and Harry are the best of friends.
I’m not done but I have to pick my kid up from school.
Hate the strikethrough! Anything that causes me to go back and re-read something and lose my train of thought is a bad, bad, bad writing technique.
p.s. Yes, you are your cat’s bitch.
.-= Junk Drawer Kathy´s last blog ..Food That Looks Like Stuff =-.
Oh, hey. How can I not be a white Playskool head as my avatar?
.-= Junk Drawer Kathy´s last blog ..Food That Looks Like Stuff =-.
Google “cartoon yourself” or something like that if you want to take a photo and cartoonize it.
.-= Lola´s last blog ..Randomness =-.
SuzieCate: I’d use it too if I had it but I don’t. It’s an effective way to get the point across but I can’t read underneath it and that’s what they want you to see. I love Bernthis, I’ll have to go read it.
Amy: Of course you can.
Paul: I stole the whole page about redheads. Funny thing is it has been stolen from me many times. I’ve seen some really weird things…sock puppets, cockroaches, I come up with weird ideas but I don’t think I would be able to get more than one or two posts out of them.
Meleah: The thing is I don’t know who stole it first. I’ve only had one thing stolen from me, besides the redhead page, and they put it on a Portuguese blog. They did give credit but I hate having duplicate posts out there.
Holly: I am not a popular blog. If you are getting things stolen you are doing something right.
David: I actually want that cartoon character, though I would probably be banned from the mommy blog networks.
Kathy: Word Verification. If they want me to leave a comment turn it off.
Oh, if you want your head then you need to sign in with your WP login and put that in your profile, or sign in with Disqus or any of the others.
Lola: I don’t want a characiture of myself, I want want that looks good.
Jen, tell us what you really think! Great post and all very true. Except strikethrough, you’re just jealous because you can’t do it easily.
I guess, if someone needs to steal other people’s posts then what’s the point in having a blog? You should be doing it because you enjoy writing or the freedom to say what you want or need to. Seems pointless to steal someone else’s thoughts.
Yes, I’m over the endless cat blogs. and the ones that have been translated very poorly. They might have valid content but you really can’t tell.
.-= Buggys´s last blog ..Taking The Gold! =-.
Here’s the deal. tips for not being ripped off..
cuss a lot.. I mean really use the bad words. Most people are too lazy to take them out and don’t want anyone to know they read that trash.. so they won’t copy and paste..
write about stuff no one cares about.. you know.. like yourself… nothing worth stealing there..
cuss a lot..
Now, as long as you don’t care if you get noticed in blog world.. this is the perfect plan.. has worked for me for years…
blogging, boring,, and swearing on blogspot since 2007..
now.. where is that copy paste button?
.-= The Queen.´s last blog ..My new follower deserves his own blog post! =-.
I definitely love the way YOU say it – much more eloquent. I hate cats. I hate them more when they blog.
.-= Sheila Sultani´s last blog ..Looking For Work? Huge Employment Opportunity – Hiring 40,000 =-.
Buggys: I am jealous. I would overuse the strike through if I had the option. Hell, already I talk that way. I run around saying “strike that” all the time. Okay, I don’t but only because my foot is planted firmly in my mouth most of the time.
Queen: Another way to prevent stealing is to embed your post with links to your other posts. Most people won’t bother to read or remove the links. I cuss, but not enough.
Sheila: I actually thought you were more eloquent, and to the point. You didn’t bother throwing hermit crabs or vibrators in there to make a point.
“If I ever figure out how to make a cartoon character for my blog (would someone please help me make a cartoon character for my blog, I really want one) it will have me juggling a box of wine, a vibrator with extra batteries just in case, and a take out menu.”
You are officially my new hero. FANTASTIC post!!
.-= Salt´s last blog ..Guess who’s back! Back again! =-.
The more I stop by here, the more I love this blog. You are unique in your thoughts and your voice comes through so easily. Not to mention I try never to eat or drink anything while reading your posts for fear of it coming up through my nose.
I just got done with Sheila’s take on this basic subject and think everyone should read both articles. A basic subject with someones actual thoughts behind it. And both very different.
I could go on forever, but need to read many more before I am done for the night. But I am soo much in agreement with you in the “What’s with all of the animal blogs? When I first started blogging and joined EC, I thought my God is this what blogging is all about? Taking pictures of cats in various outfits and talking as if they have thoughts. (I think the only thought they do have is the fact someday a blogger will be mauled to death by their 7 cats from having to wear yet another pirate hat).
I am not saying this criticism about all animal blogs, some I also truly love, one in particular is Marg’s blog. A person who cares for strays and spends many hours of her day caring for them. There are others too, but I do not read many of them. I have a house full of pets and they already have my ear.
Good Night 🙂
.-= Man Over Board´s last blog ..Lady Gaga and Beyoncé “Telephone” =-.
Hmmmm…since I use one of those “cartoon juggling” characters in my blog header, I suppose that puts me in the category of blogs you hate. Oh well…to each their own, everyone has their opinion and the blogosphere is a big place and there are plenty of people who like that kind of blog. The “cartoon juggling” header is staying and I’m happy with it.
.-= JT Locke´s last blog ..Olay Total Effects Body Wash =-.
Yes! The strike through annoys the piss out of me. It’s so 80s. (Although I would have overused it but, like you, never figured out the html code.)
I feel like I’m getting old in blog years because I have the core blogs I read and I rarely venture out. It’s scary out there–all the pink, perky mommies. Eeek.
.-= frogmama´s last blog ..And so the issues begin… =-.
Okay, Jen… I know you’re talking about me here! Just kidding… but I confess, whenever someone writes about blogs they hate I get all paranoid! It’s what I do. What’s that phrase? The guilty man flees when no-one pursues.
.-= CatLadyLarew´s last blog ..Which Hat Would YOU Choose?: Theme Thursday =-.
Luckily I ramble so much I don’t think anyone would steal my blog… half the time it’s a wonder that people can understand me. 😉
.-= Kristy´s last blog ..228 – Single Best Shopping Night… Ever… =-.
Jenn, the dog doesn’t have a tail and the human was talking for the dog, or as if she were the dog and said something (as the dog) about her (the human) not having a tail either.
I can’t begin to even write it as funny as it was in person. I’m just not that smart, or awake.
BTW, I have a post in waiting about the whole cartoon character thing. In the next couple days you’ll get to see it. Your comments sparked a fire about the whole subject that has simmered for years.
Stealing is wrong? Tell that to the bankers, Wall Street power brokers, insurance companies, hospitals and the boys at Halliburton, sister. They robbed us blind, and we barely whined about it.
But you know what really gets my goat? (What’s that mean, anyway?) Bad writing! There’s so much shit in the blogosphere, I can’t believe it. I don’t expect The Great Gatsby when I go a-blogging, but how about halfway decent spelling, original ideas, good grammar, and decent sentence structure? Bloggers are writers, for God’s sake!
One more thang: I think you need a man bad. Or not. I hear a vibrator’s better in most cases.
.-= MikeWJ at TooManyMornings´s last blog ..Spamalot: It’s Nothing To Sing About =-.
(Waves paw!) Hi Jen, I’ve been online since January 2003, so I am probably one of the original blogging cats. If you want to blame me, that is okay. I will just put it on my resume. BTW, I love Daisy and Pricilla and consider them pals of mine. I didn’t know about Nooter before because I usually don’t like dogs (yes, I am THAT kind of kitty).
P.S. The part where you say your cat treats you like her bitch… uh, yeah, so?
.-= Sparkle´s last blog ..Princess Di – Ruler of All She Surveys =-.
I always enjoy reading your blog because you’re very entertaining even though I don’t leave a lot of comments. I’m glad I found your blog through EC and will continue to visit after I leave, have a great weekend.
.-= Jude´s last blog ..Monday Is My Last Day With Entrecard =-.
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but cut and paste is not imitation – it is plagiarism.
If you drink all the wine, you don’t have to juggle it. Just a thought.
.-= Nicky´s last blog ..15 Random Thoughts =-.
Salt: Thank you, I’ve never been anyone’s hero. I think I might have to make t-shirts.
MOB: Sheila has a wonderful ability to string together thoughts without resorting to cheap tricks like throwing in vibrators and hermit crabs. We collaborated on these posts. We intentionally wrote about the same subject. Actually I begged her to take my random thoughts and make them coherent. She did a wonderful job. I am always impressed with her writing skills. And a little jealous.
JT: I do not hate your blog, I was not thinking of your blog when I wrote this. I am sorry for using the juggling reference, I did not mean to imply that it was your blog that I was targeting. There are so many who use the juggling character it just seemed the obvious way to make my point. If you like your header it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks. I can’t stand my header but I don’t have the skills to make a better one. I am sorry, I did not mean to offend you or your blog.
Frogmama: 80’s? Did anyone have a computer in the 80s? You crack me up. Were you even alive in the 80s?
Catlady: Hardly, I love your blog. It is always a really nice place to stop and relax. I’ve never heard that phrase. If no one is pursuing him why does he need to run?
Kristy: You’re like me, you talk it out and eventually get there. There might be a few twists and turns but it all comes out in the end.
Jenn: I’m still confused about the tail, or lack of tail. Can the dog talk because he doesn’t have a tail? What happened to the tail? Is he a dog that was born without a tail or was it removed for some strange reason. I guess what I am getting at is if I remove my dog’s tail would he be able to talk? I’m not going to so no one needs to go PETA on me, my dog is incredibly stupid and even if losing his tail caused him to magically speak he wouldn’t. He can’t even nudge the door open to leave the room. He just cries until someone opens the door.
Mike: It was so much fun to play with you over at Jayne’s place! And wasn’t she a gracious hostess for letting us co-opt her blog? You know, I never liked the Great Gatsby. I grew up across the street from one of the many houses F. Scott lived in. The house across the street was said to be haunted by Zelda, and I believe it. I actually lived in the house where he wrote This Side of Paradise and never once felt him as a muse. It was really disappointing. Maybe I didn’t drink enough?
There is a lot of crap in the blogosphere but it’s the original ideas that are most important to me. Bad grammar and typos can be fixed. I write much better than when I started and I suspect it is because I read so many wonderful blogs. I do get intimidated when I stop by your blog or Jayne’s for that matter, damn that girl can write well, even with a size 4 ass, it’s amazing.
Sparkle: It’s your fault! I do hold you responsible and I am also a little star struck, I had no idea you were such a celebrity. I am honored. Do you feel guilty for what you have wrought on the world? I know imitation is the biggest form of flattery but you have created a monster. You will have to go and introduce yourself to Nooter, and I am sure after you smell butts everyone will get along just fine. Nooter is a big baby so be nice to him. Seriously, he does it well. Just like you and Daisy and Pricilla. And Sparkle, maybe you could teach the other cats how to spell properly. I know cats are smart why can’t they use spell check? You spell words the right way, what’s up with cats who can’t spell? I don’t get it.
Jude: Thank you and leaving EC can be scary, there might be some withdrawl, just ask Man Over Board. It’s a big blogosphere and once you leave EC you will start finding some great blogs. I’ll continue to stop by too.
Nicky: If I drink all the wine, I won’t be able to juggle it.
So is Mike offering to go out and find us some men? Or just buy us some new vibrators? Just askin’
.-= CatLadyLarew´s last blog ..Which Hat Would YOU Choose?: Theme Thursday =-.
Jen it sounds as if you are causing a little shake up in the blogosphere, which I imagine was the point. I’m curious to see the effects, if any. Let’s see if the copy and pasting stops for a while. This has never happened to me nor do I expect it ever will but I’m certain it’s annoying and very frustrating. I think I would have to call them out on it.
.-= Buggys´s last blog ..Taking The Gold! =-.
hooray! snaks at jens house! its a party!
.-= Nooter´s last blog ..Doctor Dread =-.
@Jen You know, I wondered about the whole “LOL” catspeak thing myself. I refer to it as “kitty ebonics.” But I think I know what the problem is: English (or any other Humanspeak) is a second language for cats, and not all of them can speak it fluently. (Quite a few humans aren’t multi-lingual either, come to think of it!) Add to this the fact that cats don’t type well, so they usually dictate to their assistants, who are generally humans. So whatever the cat is trying to say gets garbled twice – once in the translation to English, and again when the assistant inputs the blog posts. I’m just fortunate that my human is a professional writer and editor (triple fortunate in that she also works for cheap!), and she cleans up any spelling and grammatical mistakes I might make.
.-= Sparkle´s last blog ..Princess Di – Ruler of All She Surveys =-.
Catlady: Good question. Mike? What are you offering?
Buggys: Hopefully it will stop, though probably not. Money is probably a motivating factor so don’t count on it.
Nooter: Did you meet everyone? Please be sure to share your snacks.
Sparkle: Kitty Ebonics! I love that. Okay, I’ll buy the whole translation thing but if a human is doing the translating and the typing don’t they have Spell Check? I know for a fact that Nooter is doing his own typing, if his human knew that he was on the computer all day there might be trouble. However, Nooter is color blind and can’t see the red squiggly line under a misspelled word. And Nooter has bigger paws. Cats have much better eyesight so I think they are just being lazy or trying to be cute.
(sniff) I like my girl. She is on a rainbow and I made her (sniff) She looks so flipping happy. And the only thing I have ever drawn is a rainbow so that is why my header is that way. Plus I am really a 5 year old trapped in a 36 yr old’s body.
I swear if I write about my dog, the next day 10 of my readers write about their pets.
I have wrote 5 posts about stuff or used a phrase and then the next day Wwhat I have said appears in another blog.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, however noone has ever out and out stolen from me.
I would hunt them down!!!
.-= Laura´s last blog ..Feel Good Friday: I Can’t Stop Smiling!!! =-.
@Jen Cats ARE cute, so it’s okay for them to be lazy. I think that’s a law.
@Sheila Sultana If you hate blogging cats, how come you drop EC on mine all the time? I think you secretly like us, the same way I secretly like humans. Which is why I drop on your blog frequently too.
Actually, on topic, while I have yet to come across someone taking whole posts off my blog, I have had ideas borrowed, which I don’t really mind. For example, back in September, 2003, I started a cat-to-cat advice column, so I can pretty safely say I was first at that. I’ve noticed a lot of other cat blogs since then starting advice columns. But I don’t mind because 1) mine is the best, 2) I’m the only one whose advice is coming out on a traditionally-published book (i.e., NOT self-published or POD), and 3) having competitors keeps me on my game. Lifting posts is thievery; lifting ideas and trying to do them better may be futile (most of the time), but it’s not a crime. I consider it a test of my mettle to keep my quality up.
.-= Sparkle´s last blog ..Princess Di – Ruler of All She Surveys =-.
I don’t visit blogs I hate. There are many. This is because I am a moody, cranky irritable old woman at 33.
I also really understand that my blog topic is not for other bloggers, so I’m not offended by it not being of interest to most in blogging networks – it’s really a short term thing. The goal is to be of use or interest to people who don’t blog. Surely there are still some out there?
It’d be good if Entrecard had an option in your inbox to apply a cross or tick so you don’t keep visiting ones you hate. Since they don’t I only go through my inbox every couple of days to see new ones.
I think a lot of blogging in blogging networks and circles is a lot like high school because it seems to be about impressing, imitating or competing with peers. How popular is your blog? How many followers do you have?
How many followers are not other bloggers?
My point in saying all that is I’m not interested in the animal blogs at all despite loving my dog and being sure some of them are very cleverly written. I’m also uninterested in 99.9% of the Mummy blogs despite loving my kids. In fact I’d rather play with my dog and kids than visit hundreds of blogs I hate.
.-= Robyn´s last blog ..Do You Pay Yourself? =-.
I will have an award for you on my morning post!
.-= SuziCate´s last blog ..Sinful Cyber Schemes =-.
I thought of doing a blog dog, but a dog my mother-in-law had at her home in the Philippines and named after me, “Little Dave”, was sold and turned into someone’s supper. I was back in America when I found out about it, and I was pissed! So no dog blogs for me!
.-= Dave DeWall´s last blog ..Meet Pinky from SM City in the Philippines! =-.
I hope I never, ever do anything to get on your bad side…HA! Love it. I have done strike-throughs and a few others on your list. Now I’m scared. I hope you don’t hold it against me! 🙂
.-= Natalie at Mommy on Fire´s last blog ..“Yes” Day: A Day for My Middleman =-.
You’ve obviously struck a chord here as evidenced by the comments. I meant to stop by earlier in the week, but have been super busy…so am just getting around to comment on a few posts that really stood out for me this week, with this being one of them.
I’d like to comment on a few of your points, but also later this week, I intend to write my own post inspired by your post here (no, I won’t be stealing 😉 although I will reference your post with a link here)
1. A lot of the same topics at the same time: Sometimes I think this is done by nature of what’s happening in the news too. Michael Jackson’s death, for example, or the death of any celebrity, for that matter. Everyone and his grandmother is “obligated” to write a blog post, or so they seem to feel.
2 On “copying theme, tone of voice and especially shtick”: Animal blogs, mommy blogs, daddy blogs, humor blogs even (the same snarky attitude) all can get on my nerves at times. I’ve had a “running blog,” a “book blog” and a “humor blog.” Now I’m just blogging on all of those subjects and whatever else comes to mind. The thing is I’m still working on finding my own voice (which is what I plan to write about later). I’m beginning to find it, but hope that readers will stick with me as I continue to search for it. So far, I’ve learned I have one voice that speaks through two mediums: Unfinished Person and Unfinished Rambler.
3. The strikethrough: I have used it, I admit, but very sparingly, and mostly agree with you that it’s been done to death.
.-= Unfinished Rambler´s last blog ..Continuing to live the unlived life and getting down to the elementary (TSS) =-.
Faaaantatic post – true and funny! There is a line between inspiration and stealing, and some people dont know the damn difference!
I of course am totally innocent and pure of heart here… it is those other people at fault!
.-= Brahm´s last blog ..Will plastic money still grow on trees? =-.
I think we all are on the same “blogging cycle”, in the sense of the “aunt flo” dimension. I hadn’t realized there were so many cat blogs, but I’ve never really gotten into them.
I have to tell you that one of my pet peeves is, and maybe I’ve been guilty to some degree and don’t even realize it, are blogs that only vomit what they did that day. “I got up at 6:45, brushed my teeth, yelled at my kid, had coffee, yelled at my kid again.” I think that there is a way to recite your day (insert blah blah blah here) but focus on the highlights for sure.
Hope I don’t offend…often. 😉
.-= Grandy´s last blog ..Who Has Time for THIS? =-.
I hate everything and everyone and I have done so for thousand of years. People who aren’t idiots are assholes, and assholes were only put on earth to keep proctologists on the golf courses. Show me something sacred and I’ll show you a ways to defile it that would make the gods themselves tear off their dildos and whack each other upside the head for comic relief.
There is nothing new to be said or thought or done. Everything is horse exhaust and implodible. Bringing on the bomb is no longer the new black. It’s the new hack. Geek me out baby. Twist and shout in the lame new world.
I would have posted the appropriate portions of this comment to the related posts, but I hate your blog.
Have a nice day.
[…] blogs (it gives me insight into how their minds work). And I ran across a post written by Jen of Redhead Ranting. It was about copycat bloggers — bloggers with no personality who just jump on the […]
Copying is the highest form of flattery, but yes, it’s annoying! If you’re original people will know it. At least I hope so.
The blogosphere is pretty much unregulated, which is scary for people trying to create original content. But as the world gets smaller and smaller, it’s easier and easier to steal other people’s ideas.
But that shouldn’t stop us from putting ourselves out there. Let’s just hope that our own voices win out in the end!
.-= One of The Guys´s last blog ..The Looming Forest =-.
I write what I feel like writing about at that time, no matter what the topic is, I don’t stay in the same zone, never have and never will. My MIL sends me some pretty cool things that I will post, as well as my sisters sometimes. If no one likes what I am writing, wearing or eating then leave…………… That’s all ya gotta do!!!
Have an awesome week Jen!
.-= Jodi´s last blog ..Something That We Can Do To Help Ourselves, & Others, Also Nice To Know =-.
This was an excellent post. I am so glad to have found it.
Every Wednesday I post Hump Day Hangover on my blog. It is about my husband and I trying to have sex 700 times in one year. We decided to give it a try because my husband found an article online saying that sex 700 times a year will help you lose weight and look and feel younger. So we are doing it and I am posting about it once a week.
We are only a month in and after the first week I had another blogger tell me that she and her husband are now doing the same thing. I am more than a little annoyed. She’ll email me her updates and sometimes post things in her blog about it.
IT WAS MY IDEA!!!!!!
I want to be the only one doing this experiment and blogging about it. I should have known that the minute I come up with a fun/funny thing to blog about other would want to do it as well.
Yikes, I’m an occasional strike-through user. *gulp* I’ve. Even. Been. Known. To. Include. A. Full. Stop. Now. And. Again. 😀
.-= Web-Betty´s last blog ..Just Cruisin’ =-.
Stealing ideas and work is not only annoying but downright despicable. These people have no qualms about cheating…coz they’re getting away with it! My wife asked me a few weeks back what the hell are we writing for when in just a few seconds someone can just steal it…Writing crap is not an option, of course. So I don’t know how to respond to her question.
P.S. I like your hermit crab photo. =)
.-= Papa Sez´s last blog ..People’s Park of Davao City =-.
[…] 16, 2010 · Leave a Comment Last Friday Jen at Redhead Ranting wrote a post about the blogs she hates that got me thinking about the blogs I like and don’t like, and also my blog, especially how […]
Now, now Jen, don’t you know that not everybody hates strike throughs and full. stops.
You know I’ve never intentionally stolen anything, but my love of zombies was re-ignited, remembered from reading Keely at UnMom.
There really are very few original thoughts out there, it really is about how YOU decide to express it.
Call me cynical.
.-= quirkyloon´s last blog ..BOOM! =-.
I hear you. I think that sense of “tone” that seems to permeate lots of blogs lately may actually be an offshoot from people listening to the same stand-up comedians. It becomes the stand-up comic’s voice they’re trying to imitate– the stand-up comics rage or rant or irreverence– and as a result, a lot of folks are reflecting a similar tone.
PS- You’re quite right about Nooter and Daisy (I don’t know Priscilla, so it’s not meant as a slam on the friendly neighborhood goat.) I have found myself cheerfully responding to both of them as if they were beloved pets who just happened to have learned typing skills.
I’ll catch myself reflecting on the bizarre quality of typing comments to a dog or cat. But– hey, thems pets can blog.
.-= Jenn of Many Cabbages´s last blog ..Peter Graves, Booth Scrounge and the Mission Impossible =-.
Gees, you’ve got me worried here–am I like anyone else?? I’d like to think that I am an original–good or bad! And I”m with you on the animal blogs–I really hate the ones that write in badly spelled baby talk. Ugh.
.-= Lin´s last blog ..Honor and Death =-.
I’ve noticed when I’m flipping through random blogs that most of them are about a housewife and her rugrats… wow, how freaking exciting is that?
Originality people, come on!
.-= Jackie´s last blog ..It’s Getting Hot Out Here =-.
A-frikkin’-men. I’m really over the pumped out, boring, same-sounding blog fodder that people seem to consider interesting….good post.
the other redhead 🙂
Hmmm, I never thought about wether or not I was using my own voice. Am I? I think I am. This is going to require some research.
I can’t believe someone would right out copy and paste someone else’s post. I mean the least she could of done was linked it to the original owner. Geez, the insanity!
How true, I saw many times too. Somehow it gives me an idea to steal LOL
.-= MrsMoody@Video Tutorial Blog´s last blog ..Add About Me or About Author in sidebar =-.
Well, you hate me. My blog cartoon is a woman juggling crap. In my defense, I am html illiterate, and didn’t want to have one of the basic Blogger layouts.
So while I immediately qualify as a blog you hate, perhaps if you check out my content sometime I’ll qualify as halfway decent.
I also do strikeouts sometimes. Oopsie.
This blogging gig is a learning process from me. I am constantly learning new things from more experienced bloggers like you. And I’m so grateful for that.
Thank you for sharing this….
.-= Erin´s last blog ..Greetings from The Father Load, a.k.a. A Post Written by My Hubs! =-.
Erin: Your blog is most definitely not one I hate. You are juggling not only a pretzel, a steak, cake (and I think you have a cupcake too which makes it even better) but you are juggling a glass of wine (at least that is what it looks like to me). I did check out your content and it has some beef to it. You have some great writing skills.
I read this and found myself nodding my head in agreement often. So many of these very issues have been troubling me…so much so that I’ve basically checked out of the “blogging world”. Most are silly little things, but it all began to mess with my head.
I need to re-center myself and just blog for me, as opposed to writing what I think people want to read. I’m not out to change the world or anything. I often wonder if I should remove the follower gadget-but that is the way I’ve met some really great people.
Sorry to go all serious on ya. This just really touched a nerve. You wrote about so many of the things that have led to me giving up my blog…but you did so with a great sense of humor. Great post as they say.
This post makes me feel like such a noob.
I kind of love the strike through. Forgive me. I’m an idiot.
(But I still kind of love it.)
.-= Sarah P´s last blog ..Your Friday Lenten Prayer Service, or How I Ruined the Curve for Everyone =-.
I both laughed and cringed at your post!!!!! The last paragraph had me laughing so hard that I had to share it with my husband! Then I read the cartoon bit and I got scared…I just changed my header to a cartoon header. Arrgghh!!! Do you hate me now???
.-= MandyP´s last blog .."Not Me" Monday! =-.
I can’t state if what you’re suggesting is correct. I haven’t been around the book blogging world very long. However, I do know it’s human nature to replicate the things we enjoy. In most instances, what is seemingly obvious to outsiders, isn’t as simplistic as we believe. Furthermore, there’s something to be said about being yourself, and maybe that suggests your real self isn’t as unique as most would hope. Nice post.
.-= porcelaine´s last blog ..Three Treats for Aspiring Writers =-.
If a topic gets traffic, others will copy it. But the first one to get the traffic from a topic will generally be remembered most.
Like you said there are a million LOLanimal blogs but the one that comes to everyone’s mind first is I Can Haz Cheeseburger.
If you come up with a topic and everyone else is following your lead that is a good thing. 🙂
.-= Chris Cameron´s last blog ..Planes Are Attacking Motorists =-.
I told you I would help you make one!!
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I know. How did you stumble on it again? I'm glad you told me where you are.
We'll have to email and get caught up.
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Wow Jen, ya got allot of comments on this subject. I think it may have even brought the dark side out of some of us, lmao!
I am so sick of the strikethrough! I think I've done it maybe once, but it gets really annoying when people do it multiple times per blog.
I can NOT believe you have found blogs COPYING posts. If ever I get an idea from a blogger I use it as a way to promote them … I love linking people to my favorite bloggers! How in the world does someone just simply copy what they read and post it as their own? That sickens me. Why bother blogging then? Just make a blog saying, “cool crap I've seen on other blogs” or something…
Oh gosh, I love the strikethrough!! I don't use it that often but when I do, I think it is to hilarious effect.
Maybe I need to reconsider. 🙁
I have to stop myself from using blogspeak all.the.time.
Oh, crap, I just did it again.
Because sounding like everyone else? Is the opposite of awesomesauce.
I'm guilty of using the strike through, Full. Stop., cartooning myself and a whole host of things that I'm sure are boring, stupid, and/or irritating.
There are lots of blogs out there to chose from. I'm sure some of them won't be so offensive.
But I love your blog! I hope I didn't offend you.
Not too much.
I know I'm late to the party here, but this is a great post. I can't find anything to disagree with, and have had the same thoughts myself at times. Nothing gets me fired up faster than finding someone who steals posts from other bloggers. Especially if it's obvious they are in it “for the money”. I don't even like the scrapers that grab long passages from my blog and put up on their own.
One thing I've taken pride in is that my blog is definitely my own. There's nothing else out there much like it, and I'm all over the place. I lamented not having a niche until it dawned me that was my niche!
I would love any feedback anyone wants to give on the general appeal of my blog. I have three faithful readers, but they tend to love everything I do. I keep waiting for them to discover what a really good blog looks like. :0)
Thank you for sharing this great post, I do hate when people steal other peoples work. But I do love the blogs about animals.
Did you ever get your cartoon charachter?
I did not.