In case you haven’t heard, yesterday news broke that the popular young adult blog The Story Siren, written by Kristi Diehm was accused of plagiarism in January of this year. You can read how this plagiarism was discovered here and here. In that article, they do not name The Story Siren, deciding to keep her name private. However, yesterday it was discovered that it was for sure The Story Siren who was the plagiarizer, which is why the drama unfolded a few months after the the original date of the post. I also want to say that Smart Bitches has a very thorough post on the whole ordeal.
I’m always so shocked when I hear of plagiarism cases. I’m completely baffled by the “why” and “how” of the whole thing. Especially coming from The Story Siren, who is a veteran and prolific blogger. Why do this? In her second apology (see below) she states:
Was I feeling pressure to do something new and engaging? Something helpful and interesting? I was. Had I only paid more attention to where my inspiration was coming at the time, I should have handled the situation much differently. A simple email asking for permission or a link back should have happened. And I didn’t do it. I’ve preached that thousands of times. I lacked in taking my own advice.
I’m not going to go on and on about plagiarism and how it angers me to no end that people steal other people’s content. But I do want to say that I may not agree with every romance blogs opinions on books, or find their style appealing to me. But I do appreciate every blog in this community for bringing romance topics and books to the public. I have respect for my fellow bloggers. Unfortunately when you plagiarize, I lose that respect.
So my question is, what now? And I’m not just directing this specifically to The Story Siren. If you discovered a blog that you frequent regularly had posted plagiarized material, what would you do next?
Accept the apology, case closed, let’s move on? Take a break from that blog, but eventually return? Demand the blogger stop blogging altogether?
I know of a few plagiarism occurrences since I started blogging, and to this day when I hear their name, plagiarism is the first thing that comes to my mind. For me personally, it taints them. I get that we are human and make mistakes and I’m not saying I will shun these people forever. But for me it takes time to build up that trust again. So hey – lesson here – just don’t do it.