Commentary on Blogging #134 : The Perils of Plagiarism

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Tips on Blogging and Plagiarism Below

When it comes to plagiarism, I believe that this is the best of times and the worst of times.

Electronic text, e-books, and the web make it both the season of Light, and the season of Darkness, the spring of hope, and, as one might put it, the winter of despair. It is, in a sense, the age of wisdom and the age of foolishness; the epoch of belief and incredulity.

In the midst of this, I ask that you adhere to your own thoughts, ideas and expressions and keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.

Trust yourself when all men doubt your originality, but you must make allowance for their doubting too: Even when you are lied about on Twitter, don’t deal in lies. In all things, to thine own self be true.

More than this, we must battle the plariaism trend with all our power and might. We cannot not flag or fail. We must go on to the end. We must fight with growing confidence and growing strength whatever the cost may be to our reputations and Follower counts. We must never surrender to the plagiarists.

To this, I personally commit my blood, toil, tears and sweat.

But if you really insist, here are my

Top 5 Tips for Plagiarizing when Blogging

·         Pretend you are reviewing your victim’s Blog or editorializing – call it a "Commentary on Blogging" or something like that.

·         Reference your work with your victim’s references.

·         Pretend it was a Parody.  Change a few words, add college humour phrases, and make fun of the person you are stealing from in a separate article.

·         Cover Your Tracks: Steal from someone who has stolen the material from someone else who stole the material from someone else.

·         Think of something original – Google it and you will find someone who has said it before and better than you ever could.