It’s all rather confusing, actually.
Sarah at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books explains at Plagiarism and The Story Siren allegations of blogger plagiarism. The Story Siren is a very well known blogger; I’ve mentioned one of her most popular series, In My Mailbox.
I’m not going to rehash what Sarah says; she includes links and images, and links to blogs with more details.
Now, read the comments there. Take a look, also, at what is being said on Twitter: I’m not going to link to any particular Tweet, but searching thestorysiren or “story siren” will get most of it.
I’ll be honest: my head is spinning and I’m not quite sure what to think. Plagiarism matters; it’s significant. But, on the other hand, I’m also bothered by the reactions Stacked refers to. People were waiting for Kristi to to respond; now she has. (People wondered why she didn’t respond sooner. As someone who, like Kristi, works full time and blogs after work, I can imagine that at work she cannot drop everything and blog or tweet. She needed a bit of time.).
Anyway, that’s that. I’ll be glass half full: in a world where bloggers are “everything”, writer, editor, publisher, marketer, these things and how we handle them as bloggers matter. It does need to be talked about and discussed; because if we don’t, who will?
Edited to add: The Story Siren has a second post up, Clarification. Personally, I think its a better apology than the first post, in that there is more ownership.
Edited to add: Leila at Bookshelves of Doom has a great link round up, including the latest posts about this from the fashion blogs who discovered this.
Updated: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books provides an update on the type of vitriol going on as a result of this.