One of the most egregious, despicable sins a writer commits is the shameful act of plagiarism. It’s copying another person’s ideas, text, or other creative work, and presenting it as one’s own, especially without permission.1
Copyright laws provide writers (e.g.bloggers) with legal remedies for plagiarized copyrighted material.
Lots of bloggers copyright their blog content. They want their work protected from others who might plagiarize. Some blog writers seek to have their writing published. In that case copyrighting is necessary.
I don’t have my blog post content copyrighted. I write and publish a devotionals blog. I encourage others to copy it, send it out to their followers, call it their own, whatever. I write about God’s love for us and how we can show His love to others. The more who read it, the more who hear about God’s word and His love for us. But that’s me.
What I have done, and I don’t consider it plaigiarism, is read someone’s post or article and liked a concept or subject they wrote about. Then I’ll write my own version inspired by their subject. If I ever make reference to another blog writer or blog post, I will include a reference to their post in mine and include a link to their site. That’s called attribution and in my day attribution was a cardinal rule. Violation was often grounds for firing.
Plaigiarists are lazy. Plaigiarists try to establish their credibility or reputation as a writer on the hard work and creative words of another. Plaigiarists believe they’re clever. Plaigiarists have no conscience or respect for fellow writers. For writers and bloggers, plaigiarism is on par with armed robbery or arson. Convicted plaigiarists ought to face a firing squad.
Two words for all bloggers with a conscience: Don’t plagiarize.