For those who don't know, I am also a book blogger. This past week the book blogging community was shocked to learn that The Story Siren, who was my favorite blogger and was one of the more successful book bloggers, had plagiarized two blogs with multiple posts. Needless to say, I was heartbroken. I respected her, and now it's hard to know what content is actually hers and what isn't.
The reason I'm writing this post is to address the issue of plagiarism. Many people think that simply copy-pasting content is considered plagiarism, but in reality it is a lot more. If you read someone else's content or ideas, and only change small parts to make it your own, that is also plagiarism. If you ask for permission and give them credit, that is one thing. But when you take it and even tweak it slightly, without giving them credit, that's when you become a plagiarist.
I know this post is random, and not much like my usual posts, and I apologize for that. I'm hoping to get back into regular posts soon.