Plagiarism has been in the news in New Zealand but I didn’t think it would be an issue on my blog.
Ideas for posts arise from a variety of sources. Sometimes I get stuck at work and blog about the solution, often found with the help of other blogs. Maybe I just stumble upon something cool while browsing or have a process I think may help others. When I refer to other blogs it’s generally with a link, short quote and my spin on the topic. I try to be fair about attribution but recently published a post very similar to another with no attribution at all.
Last week I was searching for an old blog post to resolve a technical problem. When reading blogs I capture links I think may be useful in MindManager map, and I blogged about that. Because I often “write ahead”, setting posts to publish days/weeks ahead, you saw it appear on Monday (09 November 2009):
Last night I was researching an upcoming talk about social media. Over the years I’ve filed quite a few blogging/business related posts in the Weblogs Category here. Scrolling down the list I found a post from way back in October 2007 that seemed quite familiar:
The topic was the same, with similar screenshots and content even though both were created independently. Even worse the wonderful Linkwithin, “You might also like”, widget found it too, adding a link back from the newer post.