lately and well, it's time to vent. And please bear in mind that I mean this in the nicest possible way... I'm tired of reading plagiarized blogs. There, I said it. I know that the prevailing public opinion is that bloggers are a bunch of self-promoting narcissists. There may be a grain or two of truth in that statement, but if you're going to be a self-promoting narcissist, at least be an original one. I follow a few blogs religiously, and do you know why I enjoy them? These bloggers write about their lives - their uncensored, original lives - and their writing is uniquely original. I'll admit, the English major in me finds a couple of them not terribly well written and one is actually intensely boring, but I appreciate the content because it is entirely original thought. But others, well - if you have nothing to say, don't copy an article from some fluff women's magazine and paste it into your blog. This type of blogging happens quite frequently - haven't people ever heard of attribution? A copied post is blatantly obvious; originality is, at the very least, the art of concealing one's sources. I saw this print on Etsy and loved the Melville quote: It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
I'm getting off my blogging soapbox now.