I am a trusting person. I think we all have to be, if we are to bear our souls as we do on our blogs. Today, several of us who have written for She. More Than a Pronoun discovered that our words have been stolen and posted on another's blog. Two others, actually. That we know of.
Mine were plagiarized by a young woman who goes by the name of "Blossom" on thought.com. I have reported her to the administrators of the site, e-mailed her directly, and posted comments on her blog warning her fans than they should not trust her posts. In doing so, I discovered that we are not her first victims. Apparently, she has been caught at this before.
What she and another blogger named Lightspeed (also on thoughts.com,) have done is sleazy at best and illegal at worst. It would be nice to think that they will be kicked off the site and the issue will be over. But I know in my heart that this won't be how it plays out. Sure, the site may kick them off, but they will simply move on, and target someone else.
I'm seriously pissed off that Blossom stole my words. But worse, she stole my trust.
I know that, thanks to her, I will be censoring my every word I write from now on. And it just won't be the same.
P.S. In order to post a comment on Blossom's blog, I had to join thoughts.com. I did so about an hour ago, using a picture of a thunderous sky (reflecting my mood) as my profile picture and not one word of personal information. As I was writing this, I received mail from another thoughts.com users, a woman, hitting on me! Good grief.