Ok, it’s time to for me rant. During my meditations on the mount I have been reflecting on what I have accomplished with my blogs and what direction(s) I might take them.
Through it all I was reminded of the number of blogs that Blog Bloke has inspired along the way. I say this with some confidence because I have been blogging for many years now and believe that I can safely say that I am the original blogger writing about the topic of blogging.
Some time ago I was ill and unable to blog. To my dismay when I had returned I discovered a plethora of new blogs that were only too eager to ride on my coattails during my absence.
Since then it seems like every week or so there is another copycat blog showing up in the ’sphere. While I don’t mind so much having competition (what’s that they say about the sincerest form of flattery ;-), but what I do mind is how they are blogging.
For example, there are a lot of blogs (I won’t name them to spare them embarrassment) that are offering so-called tips for bloggers.But what some of them are actually doing is just cutting and pasting from online faqs and help files and massaging the words a bit to make it look like their own.
Some are even dusting off old books and recompiling them as posts. They offer nothing original in the hope of attracting traffic to make money off their ads.
Whilst these blogs seem to be generated by a real person (not by an automated robot) I will say that they are definitely riding a fine line between what a legitimate blog should be and a splog.
But what really makes this bad is that they are NOT even providing links or references to their sources, as they try to fluff it off as their own work (it’s called plagiarism). For shame.
The kahunas! Ok, enough ranting. Back to meditating.
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