Jul 12, 2010

While I love helping people out...

Hey guys,

While I love getting comments and e-mails about how great my blog is and how you guys enjoy the posts and layout, I'm not going to walk you through how to create a blog, how to design it and how to write your stories.  It's not my job, and people actually get paid to do stuff like that (they're called graphic designers, web designers and ghost writers).  Please be considerate and realize that while I would love to give everyone some general tips and direction,  I had to figure this stuff out on my own as well through a lot of research and a strong reliance on my education.

One other thing:  I'm a huge proponent of stopping piracy.  I hate it when people illegally download music and movies because the artists, crew and production team work really hard on their projects and should be rewarded (monetarily) for their efforts.  With that being said, I want to stop blog piracy as well.  I know what you're thinking... "blog piracy?"  Yes.  I'm creating a new term.  It's where you steal almost everything about someone else's blog but then slap your own name on it like you created it or something.  Yet you're stealing ideas, you're stealing designs, etc.  It's similar to copyright infringement, and if I could I would sue.  Let me explain...

I was getting a little antsy today when I realized that not one person, but three different people have "copied" (I hate to use that word) my blog.  I was minding my own business when Facebook's glorious newsfeed informed me of some status updates, which included some web links that I clicked on.  Turns out, these links led me to these people's personal blogs, where I was really shocked to see that they mirrored mine almost to a T.  I know they read my blog because they've commented to me about it before, so I'm not letting my imagination run wild.  Literally, one of the banners is an exact replica of one of my older banners that I created myself; they just slapped their picture (haphazardly) over mine.  Their blog is called "______ Goes to Hollywood."  Not even kidding.

While my idea isn't the most original, just a simple horse and pony blog,  I put a lot of work into it.  It's slightly upsetting that if someone feels like it, they can sign up on a website, steal a domain name and go on like it's not wrong.  Please, be original and make your blog your own!  I'm half-tempted to post the sites on here just to prove the blatant form of "flattery," if you'd like to call it that, but I'm going to refrain because that's rude.

End blog piracy TODAY.

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