In a series of links that dropped my jaw, made me shake my head, and feel a boatload of "Oh, No," here's an eyeopening series on how to catch someone stealing your content online, which was posted today by CuddleBuggery after Katiebabs saw an anonymous link on this older post on plagarism.
The follow posts are from January 2012, and I'm not sure why the book blogging community wasn't aware of it until now.
Kristi Diehm, better known as The Story Siren, was allegedly caught lifting articles about blogging and making minimal changes to them for her site. Bloggers B from Beautifully Invisible and Vahni from Grit and Glamour found the evidence and confronted her about it. Their entire story is like a master tutorial on how to use analytics to identify who is reading a website, and when - and in this case, possibly why.
Part the first: Beautifully Invisible is plagiarized, and figures out who it is, where they came from, and what they looked at.
Part the second: Grit & Glamour explains options for dealing with similar circumstances, and explains the steps they took to address the theft of their content in this instance.
According to the write up of the process at Grit and Glamour, Kristi responded by saying:
“In all honestly, I have never been to your blog or any of the blogs mentioned in this email until tonight when I cross referenced the posts that you had listed. I rarely if ever read blogs beyond the book blog community. But I could not agree more with your assessments of the posts. And I am sorry to say that I have no viable explanation. I even searched my web history to see if perhaps I had read the posts and had recalled them as I was writing my own.”
The statement that she'd never visited their sites despite the ample IP evidence to the contrary led to a request that she delete the content, which she did.
Then she responded in part by saying, "I've tried to be as obliging as possible and in turn I'm hoping that you will allow this to stay private."
Folks on Twitter who weren't part of this request for anonymity about the accused plagiarist, and the images online, both of photos and geographic location, helped identify Kristi Diehm from The Story Siren.
When stuff like that happens, it damages more than just the accused and the accuser. It undermines the efforts of all of us who review books online. Still no word from Diehm about this matter, but as Jane pointed out via Twitter, I look at her site and wonder if any of it is hers, or if the other content was lifted from elsewhere. And since we who discuss books online work so hard on our content, it's galling to see someone who has been outspoken about plagiarism and who has worked to build a community online despite being plagiarised revealed as an accused plagiarist.
In the book blogging community, we may not always get along, but I absolutely do believe that most of us respect one another's content, and we don't steal words from one another. For one thing, it's wrong, and for another, good golly, have we not figured out that there's very few ways to hide it?
What I don't understand is how this is coming to light now - these posts were written in January 2012. Did you know about this? Has there been any additional signs of plagiarism?
source!! I DUDNT WRITE THIS POST OK
I wouldn't have even posted this, except how can you be a huge prominent YA book blogger and think you can steal from smaller sites cuz they're smaller so apparently nobody would give a shit if you stole their stuff? People work hard on their ish, come on now.
Okay, this is just an excuse for a bookpost. WHAT ARE YOU READING/WRITING ONTD?