Plagiarism. It happened again, in a high-profile way, in the mom blog space. A well-known blogger, Amalah (and we apologize if we pronounced your blog’s name wrong, repeatedly), detailed in a post how her words were stolen. The woman who stole them seems to be at the center of several dramas, but this is the latest and, we think, it may just be the end of brands wanting to work with her.
This week’s links
“The Plagiarist’s Tale” in The New Yorker.
The plagiarized article in question was published this week on Babble’s Being Pregnant blog.
According to one blogger, Kristin Ruiz had a history of questionable behavior regarding other people’s content.
Carol Cain once had her blog posts stolen and passed off as someone else’s.
Jayson Blair is famous for posting articles from places he’d never been to.
Liz Gumbinner published a great post a while back, The Blogger’s Ten Commandments of Don’t Steal Our Shit
Angel Amy wrote about the Chrysler Contest Fail, which coincidentally also involved Kristina Ruiz.
BlogHer is a good example of a site that runs popularity contests the right way – you have to register, and you can vote only once.
Nancy gave a rare (but deserved) self-halo to a picture that her mother-in-law sent her recently.
Amy gave her halo to Stephanie Schwab for her post on Social Media Explorer, The Decline of Blogs (and How PR can help avoid it)
Last, Angel Amy said that Kristin Ruiz had originally published the post in question on her own blog, but it was actually posted on AlphaMom.com. Amy regrets the error, and the other Angels managed to talk her back down from the ledge of Nancy’s apartment.
You can listen to the podcast below, or subscribe on iTunes. Don’t forget to give us a great rating!
We’d love for you to weigh in! Leave a comment, we’ll talk back.