It has been a long time since I last wrote an article for Associated Content, Triond, and eHow! I don't know what happened, but I can't find inspiration to write anymore. It seems that so many articles on these sites are the result of rehashing from others.
These Are My Questions
- Are we running out of ideas to come up with an original story?
- Have we stop using our brain to think of things to write about?
- What motivates us: money or creativity?
- Do we have any shame in repeating someone's idea?
- Are we in competition to write as many articles as can with only the prospect of earning more?
The Wave in Arizona", two or three days later, someone on Triond re-wrote it, and got published again.Then , it was submitted to social bookmarking sites across the net.
The same thing happened with "The Frogs" Stumble, one of those users on Triond re-wrote, republished, and re-submitted to StumbleUpon again!
Heck, my own articles on Distinctly Rare and Unique Lobsters, Dive Into the Ocean for an Extraordinary Experience, and Bargain for a Cheaper Price on Everything were dissected and re-published on Triond and Bukisa using the same pictures and similar title.
So What Type of Writer/Publisher Are You?
- Do you have ethics or principles or morals in your writing/publishing style?
- Do you take pride in your writing? Those who take pride in their writing would not send their links to everyone on their email list, asking them to stumble and review, or beg others to rate every single piece they published?
- Would you copy and paste someone else's writing and make them your own? If you do, do you wrestle with your conscience?
- If you are a publisher and you know your users copied and pasted someone else's work, would you still publish the materials because they will bring in traffic?
- Do you take pride in your work published under false pretenses, when you know it is not your own? Can you click on the button stating this work is your own and not in any way taken from another source without express permission?
- Do you care about your reputation as a publisher who condones plagiarism?
Last But Not Least, What About You?
- How far would you go to support a friend on social bookmarking sites with their endeavor?
- Would you leave a comment to say that their piece is copied and pasted if you know, or taken from someone else?
- Would you take a stand to keep this writing world more decent?
- What would you do to weed out those blood suckers?
- Can you tell why when these users submit a piece to SU, they have about 30+ views and no stars at all? It is kinda obvious, don't you think? They are all obligated reviews, which raise lots of questions about their work ethic.
Louie Jerome, a published author of two books, wrote this 10 Things Self-Respecting Writers Never Do, and it is worth reading, especially her comments on how her own article was copied and re-published on Triond! It is very discouraging and disgusting..