UPDATE: As of 9:45 am EST on 4/17, the site has been taken down. The message where the site used to be says it's been removed by its owner--not sure whether that means the actual coward involved belatedly did the right thing or if Xanga did it for her, but really, who cares. Now I just have to hope she isn't idiotic enough to start up again under a new name. To guard against that possibility (and the possibility of anyone else plagiarizing me) I will be Googling my own posts weekly from now on. I am not kidding about this--I take my writing seriously, and I take something like this personally. If you are doing something like this yourself, be smart and delete the posts, because as this shows, we will find you. *I* will find you. And you'll meet with embarrassing social and legal ramifications--that is a promise.
The "blogger" in question here never did get up the guts to respond to my messages to her--I only wish I could get in touch with her face to face. I've got plenty to say...So if she's out there reading this: I hope you seriously think about what you've done. I hope any real life friends you have learned what a fake you are from this. I hope you're impacted by this far more than I have been. I want you to be punished, quite frankly. If there were a way to ban you personally from the Internet for life, I would see that it was done.
Original post, preserved for posterity:
Alert reader Julia brought this crap to my attention.
I wonder, what's the point of having a blog if you can't even write your own original content for it? And why would you not even bother to change the dates? Every post she's stolen from me is dated either on or after the date it appears on this blog. Why would you think you wouldn't get caught?
Oh well. I guess if you're stupid enough to steal someone else's content for your blog, you're stupid enough not to do it right. Which I guess is our saving grace here.
Anyway, I post this not just because I think she deserves to be publicly embarrassed, but because not all of the posts there are mine (just most of them).
For the record, here's the evidence.
Stolen from Kristen:
Stolen from Surviving Grady:
And finally, this one was kind of a combo plagiarism of their post and one of mine, actually a trifecta of sorts with a link back to another ripped-off post and a reference to "my Imaginary Baseball World". That's some balls there, huh?
It's not just that she stole more than a dozen posts from me and about a half dozen from Kristen and some more from SG and Jere (and a couple from Amy's now-deleted blog). It's that these are the only posts on her site. I'd venture to guess she has no original content over there whatsoever.
I have to admit, I don't get it.
But one thing is clear: this blog is protected under a Creative Commons License. If you scroll down on the right-hand sidebar, you'll see it. I have reported her to Xanga (as have Kristen and Mer) and am in the process of reporting her to her ISP. This has been picked up by Universal Hub, now, also--the word is spreading.
Go ahead and plagiarize THIS post, bitch.