OK, not the plagiarism part, but an effect of it.
Just recently, my husband was asking if I worry about people taking poems I post online and posting them elsewhere or publishing them as their own. The reality of that crosses my mind occasionally, but I try not to focus on that because I don’t want to hoard my poems–I want to have fun with them, and most of the ones I post are just exercises and practice that I haven’t invested much time on.
Then Saturday night, I got the funniest comment on an old blog post.
Way back in February of 2008, I participated in Miss Rumphius’ Monday Poetry Stretch, and posted this poem. It hasn’t crossed my mind nor anyone else’s in ages. So I got a good laugh from this anonymous comment:
According to statcounter.com, this comment was indeed sent from a New York computer, so I’m taking it at face value. I love that not only did this person say nice things about my poem but he or she took the time to do a quick internet search–something I didn’t do when I taught 8th grade because PCs weren’t really around (though it was after the extinction of the dinosaurs, I swear). AND the teacher took the time to insult the plagiarizer and send me a note! A clever note. How could I not love that?
At one point, I thought about posting my poems as photos to make it a little harder for kids to plagiarize them, but, well, it was just too much of a hassle. And after this comment, I realized that that would also thwart teachers’ searches. Is there some html code I can add to prevent copying text on my blog on those days I post poems? I think there is, but I don’t know what it is. If anyone has that handy, I’d sure appreciate it.
Happy Tuesday! I’m off to present at a Young Author’s Conference today!