You have to own up to it. Here’s my “own up”.
When you read a lot of blogs, especially those that are relatable to your life, things start to run together. For some bloggers, the lines between your own original thought and creatively rewriting someone else’s thoughts are blurry to the point of nonexistence.
I don’t want to be one of those bloggers. But I–unintentionally–did exactly that last night. I saw a friend today that I hadn’t seen for several weeks. Which reminded me this evening that I enjoy her blog, but I hadn’t checked in recently.
Apparently, just opening the homepage was enough for me to remember why what I was writing last night seemed familiar to me. I even checked to see if I had written about the same damn thing already. No, I hadn’t written about it. I started flipping through her archives, getting progressively more anxious. Only to fully realize that several months ago she wrote a post about being overwhelmed and I nodded and grimaced right along with her. But that was in April, this is June, and I forgot that I had read it. Well, at least I consciously forgot, obviously my subconscious memory remembered just fine. Too bad my subconcious doesn’t speak up more about milk and bread. Oh, and maybe next time I am about to plagerize someone, it could speak up then, too.
Plagiarism annoys me–too many English classes and term papers. Taking credit that isn’t yours annoys me more–too many years being the grunt under a bunch of Senior Level Management. So, now I get the pleasure of being annoyed with myself.
Em-barr-assed and Horrified.
Really, the 6 year old in me just wanted to delete the post and pretend no one in our circle had seen it. But that goes against that “take the consequences for your actions” speech that I heard almost daily growing up. Plus it’s stealing. So, here’s the grown-up, blogosphere equivalent to taking the ill-gotten candy bar back to the Manager at the Grocery Store. C–I’m so sorry, dude. What can I say beyond, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?” But only when you source it.