"Swiper NO Swiping" Do we not remember what our mothers told us growing up that "stealing is morally wrong."
I originally started this blog as a means to be able to "meet" other people who loved historical fiction as much as me. People I could talk to and enjoy covering new reads and past reads. I have been fortunate to meet some of the most amazing people which I greatly appreciate making their acquaintance. My mother always told me "With any group of people the more volume you have the more chance there is that there will be a rotten apple in the group".
Recently in the HF blogosphere, there has been some discrepancies in regards to "swiping." The lovely Leslie Carroll was the first victim with her review of "Wolf Hall". Leslie being the stand up lady that she is called B.S. on this, and somewhat resolved the issue, and the review was changed to exclude the swiped portion of her review of Wolf Hall. The next victim was Allie from Hist-Chic with her very informative post on Coco Channel, it was stated that someone else would also be covering this at a later point. Hum, I wonder where she got that idea could it be that she spends her day trolling other Historical Fiction blogs looking for ideas on what to post herself? Or is it that she is so uncreative she can not muster a good enough post to get attention?
I have kept a close eye on the events that had transpired not only because these wonderful women have become my friends but because I needed to make sure the same did not happen to me. Low and behold I discovered yesterday that had been "swiped" of one of my ideas.
I know many of you have been thoroughly enjoying my Sunday's Art posts on the Pre-Raphalites and I have had so much fun doing them. I have really enjoyed the fire storm of comments and debates on what the hidden symbolism's mean. With that being said I have to state that I normally love a good collaboration and I do not mind if my ideas are recycled as far as format, widgets, and anything else. What I will not tolerate is someone swiping my idea's as far as posts go. I work very hard to bring original posts to light for all my readers, for there enjoyment only. I genuinely want to know what other my readers think once they read my thoughts.
What I can not stand about this is I know she read my post but did not leave a comment. Then barely a week after my post miraculously her post went up titled "Pre-Raphaelites in Love: Millias, Effie Gray and John Ruskin". Original post I think not: sorry but it has already been done and you are ridding other peoples creative coat tails. Sad I know, that someone would have a blog but can not come up with an original post and instead has to swipe it from someone else. I am normally very open minded but this has pushed me over the edge. Maybe next time find someone more obscure to steal from maybe then you will not get caught.
You be the judge, Here is my post dated November 22nd, Here is her post dated November 30th. If you would like to see another random blog that also caught wind with a detailed description Leslie's review of Wolf Hall go here, it is very amusing to see what the outraged responses to it were.