Hey guys. So this post isn’t going to be a happy one at all not going to lie. I’m really sad/angry/disappointed at the moment and it’s for two reasons, yet another book blogger, Jaime M, got plagiarized AND a bunch of friends got catfished by an author/fake Penguin employee. Before I get into the latter, let’s talk about the first part….
So I don’t know if many of you have noticed but for some reason, it seems that 2015 was the year of the plagiarism. I don’t want to get into specifics or say names on this but in 2015 many people got plagiarized several times by several different bloggers, some of which were my friends. It’s so disappointing to hear that two of your friends plagiarized some of your other friends several times. I still somewhat talk to these friends but it’s taking a bit for them to regain my trust back, especially one of them. Anyway, everyone thought it was over by the beginning of December I believe and it seemed to be; it was a smooth ride in the blogosphere….until now. I was doing character drawings for my clay characters when I took a break and decided to take a quick glance at Twitter. The first thing I saw? Jamie saying…
“Oh lawd. In 5 1/2 yrs of blogging I’ve never been plagiarized that I know of (I don’t ever look) but always a first!”
How sad is that? To have yet another blogger, especially one as popular and well known as Jamie (I love her…#bloggergoals so much), be plagiarized is so stupid and annoying and disappointing. With this, I don’t know who did it as Jamie’s wanted to keep it secret but seriously, yet another plagiarized post? Have people not learned it’s wrong? Or that bloggers stick together and we’re not going to like you or follow you any more. I’m so sad and mad for Jamie. Jamie, if you’re reading this, know that I stand with you and if you need any help or want to talk, I am here for you.
Update: the plagiarizer took down her faked review and everything is relatively good on Jaimie’s end thank goodness.
Now, to the next sad and scariest thing to happen
today in my entire blogging career (and why I want to be more or less anonymous online)….
After I saw Jamie’s tweet, the next thing I saw was one what happened to friend Jon Gold and even more bloggers/friends. You can read Jon’s whole post here but essentially what happened was that one author catfished a bunch of bloggers, saying she was a Penguin employee, even going so far as to (secretly and very illegally) buying ARCs to send and sending other books to some bloggers, including Jon. Honestly, read Jon’s post, because you won’t feel the magnitude of the situation till you read the emails and see what happened; I read the post once and I’m still very scared and very angry. Why am I scared? I didn’t get catfished (thank goodness) but I could have easily done so had I gotten the email. I am relatively young in the ARCs world, having only figured out about them this last summer and I’m very excited when I get an email about blog tours and ARCs and things like that so I am so very scared. I’m scared for friends who gave away their addresses, places where their young children live or where they’re just teens. It’s sad. The only good thing to come out of this? The fact that people know. It’s scary to know but it’s also very good because I definitely am going to be much more careful when I get emails about ARCs even if their from highly respected publishers. I’m hoping some legal action will be taken because the entire affair is so illegal but I’m not sure. Here’s to hoping though.
Anyway, with all this happening, it’s a bit hard to find the good but just remember that in both situations, you’ve got a community behind you. You’ve got me and hundreds of others who understand and will stand with you through the thick and thin. If you or a friend have gotten plagiarized or catfished, then just know that I’m here for you. I’ve got your back and if you want someone to talk to, my DM is open. I’m so sorry for everything that happened and hope everyone gets the justice they deserve. Thank you, have a great day/night and tata for now.