When I decided to start a blog last year, my intention was to be able to share my own thoughts about the restaurants I try, products I use, gadgets I buy, hotels I stay in, etc. This means that if I have nothing in mind to share, then I will not post anything as well. If I do decide to write a review about something, I make sure not to read other people’s reviews beforehand so that it will in no way influence my comments/thoughts/rants.
One of the things I like to write about is my beauty box subscriptions. Every time I get my hands on new samples of products, I always feel excited to share it on my blog. Yesterday, for instance, I got a package from Glamourbox filled with great products from Belo Essentials. Immediately after opening it, I decided to take pictures of each item and write about it on this blog. Then, I posted the article’s URL link on the Facebook page of Glamourbox, my Facebook account and Belo Essentials’ Facebook page. In fact, I was the very first one to post about my unboxing experience on Glamourbox’s page. Later in the afternoon, I tried to check their Facebook page again to see if the other girls have already received their boxes and there it was… one new post just above mine… sharing her URL link too. I decided to check it out because I wanted to know if we got the same products or not but while I was reading her post, I slowly realized that her article was similar to mine… way too similar, actually. The way the list of items were written together with its corresponding weight/sizes and prices were EXACTLY the same. To be honest, I would have been fine if it was just the listing of the items because I would like to think that there is really a good chance that my way of listing would be the same as others. Rephrasing my comments and thoughts, however, is a totally different thing.
I confronted her on Glamourbox’s FB page. I made a reply on her post and told her to change her article because I don’t like anybody copying my stuff. She admitted copying information from the curator card (included in the beauty box) but she denied copying my post. She said that she has never read my blog and that when she got her beauty box, she took pictures of it and immediately posted her thoughts on her blog. Are you kidding me?! I mean… come on! I’m sure that I don’t have a twin. We don’t even look alike so I know you are not my twin. I can’t possibly give you the benefit of the doubt because it is just way too impossible that you would use the same words and have the same sentence structure as mine. Uggghhh!!! The last reply she posted on Facebook was her saying that she never copied my post and that if it really means that much to me, she will edit her article. She said that she wouldn’t want her blog to be tainted by this incident. A few minutes later, her original post on the Glamourbox’s page was gone… and so are all the replies attached to it.
If she didn’t really copy my post, why would she succumbed to editing her post?! If you know you did nothing wrong, then you have nothing to be afraid of. Nobody can ruin your reputation if you hold the truth. Think about that!
Somehow, someone saw our exchange of words on Glamourbox’s FB page before it was deleted and she sent me a personal message informing me that the SAME PERSON also copied a post from her friend’s blog. Coincidence? I think not. According to her blog’s statistics info, she has about 593 posts so far. I am really wondering how many of those were copies from other people’s blogs and how many times she had to rephrase sentences just to make it appear as her own.
I gave her a deadline. I told her to change her post before midnight strikes (February 21, 2014 – 11:59PM). I think it was around 10PM when I noticed the changes that she made but, unfortunately, it didn’t make a difference. She did change bits and pieces of her post but some parts of it still reflect mine. I hate that she didn’t completely change her article and I hate that she didn’t bother to apologize for it.
I was able to save a copy of her “supposed” original post (in PDF format) before it was edited. I will post some parts of it here and I will also include a copy of my work. I’d say… you be the judge.
Changing “summer preparations” into “preparations for this summer” is still the SAME thing. Adding the word “hot” in between “soon-to-be scorching” and “weather” doesn’t help either. For Pete’s sake! You could have at least removed the hyphens. Tsk!
Seriously?! You couldn’t even change “The total value of all the products is around Php2300 and as usual, I only paid Php595 for the entire box.”???!!! Even the smiley face at the end is the same!
Piece of advice: If you don’t know how to put your own thoughts into writing, then don’t blog at all.