The Blogger Code – OK, if there isn’t one, there should be

Personally, I have always been amazed by bloggers.  There are so many impressive characteristics of a blogger.  The amount of time it takes to come up with a topic, research and develop a stance, and turn it into consumable content, takes a considerable amount of talent, and time.  In no way do I put myself in the same company as some of the most talented and prolific bloggers in the tech community.  Bloggers such as Duncan Epping (http://www.yellow-bricks.com), William Lam (http://www.virtuallyghetto.com), Paul Braren (http://www.tinkertry.com), Jason Boche (http://www.boche.net) and Derek Seaman (http://www.derekseaman.com) have always been idols of mine.  I marvel at their dedication and ability over the years to produce relevant content for our industry.

I understand how difficult it is to blog.  When I come up with a decent topic, it might keep me up until 2AM to make sure my message is coming across properly.  This is a major reason I had published less than 1 blog per month over the last 3 years.  Blogtober was as much a personal challenge, as it was a community challenge.

Now, on to the crux of my post.  Participating in Blogtober is not for the faint of heart.  Becoming a prolific blogger isn’t something you can “fake”… or at least I thought that was the case.  The truth is, I am learning there are bloggers… I mean posters… or should I say IMposters that would like to take the hard work from others in the community and make them their own.  One might call this Plagiarism.  Let’s look up the definition of Plagiarism on dictionary.com.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/plagiarism

noun

1. an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author.
We have discovered Blogtober blogs that have copied/pasted content from other blogs, into their own.  Amazingly enough, some of these blogs that were the source of the Plagiarism, were also participating in Blogtober.
(Above is a snippet of a poll I created on Twitter)
Those of you who have written research papers, understand that a simple reference does not mean you are allowed to use passages from another publication a verbatim.  In many circumstances, a simple reference to the source’s first and last name is all that can be found (without a link to the original publication).
Therefore, I would like to see bloggers dedicate themselves to producing content that is either original, or editorialized, but not reproduced.  Content should be shared not only to help increase visibility to the author’s content, but the author’s entire body of work.
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