If you follow my blog at all, or if you take a little look around you will notice that things are a little bit of a mess. I need one of those giant “Excuse our Mess” signs. I’m having my site redesigned and doing a little organizing to make it a much more fun experience for all of us… as well as taking a little time to balance out my family life and my blogging life. You can still find me blogging deals and bargains on the Lawrence Journal World at Shop Talk with Jenn and Julie.
Which leads me to today’s post. Even though I’ve not been using this as a viable blogging option, I’m happy to have the format in this instance.
I’ve found that the difference between blogging here and blogging in a public forum like the Lawrence Journal World is that here people seem to understand each other. We understand how this works: sharing deals and ideas, writing about the things that are important to us and all with a modicum of respect and understanding of each other’s differences. There, I find that anonymity leads to not only bad manners, but blatantly vile behavior.
Last week was a particularly difficult week at Shop Talk. I was called names, I was told that as a woman, I was making the “real working women” look bad and making their lives harder. I discovered that one of the nasty “anonymous” posters is a friend.
What got under my skin the most was, however, being accused of plagiarism. It was a ludicrous accusation: first I was told that I cut and paste, then I was accused of copying an entire post from Crystal at Money Saving Mom. The post was cited and I was told to “beware” as the poster would continue to call me out on “these behaviors”.
Blogging is a huge universe. It is also a close knit society. Many of the women who blog about coupons and deals I refer to as “friend”. Some of them I’ve had a play date with. Even more than that are the women I’ve met at conferences and shared meals and drinks with. I respect them all. I would never splog from them.
Many blogs are on mailing lists with large companies. We get notifications on coupons and upcoming deals. We are members of affiliate programs that send out emails to notify us of deals. We all get basically the same information. You will notice that the majority of the information you find is not unique to one blog or another. You will find the odd blogger, like Jaycie at Coupon Geek, or Keri Lyn at She Saved, who look high and low for a unique deal. But basically, they are all the same. The difference is that we all write to different audiences. I will try, but I’m not sure there are THAT many unique and creative ways to announce that Body Wash is on sale.
There I’ve said it. I don’t plagiarise. I couldn’t if I tried, my mom’s an English teacher.
And that post of Crystal’s that was cited last week by an “anonymous” poster on Shop Talk? The one I supposedly copied word for word? It wasn’t even for a store that we have in Lawrence.