What is Kleptomania?

a recurrent urge to steal, typically without regard for need or profit.

Most Kleptomaniacs (when caught) have no recollection of ever doing the act. And yet items are stolen and one party at greater loss than the other.

But how can we connect this medical condition to Blogging?

A lot of times we stumble upon similar concepts, same content styles, even identical blogs ! And one party accuses another, one blogger miffed at being copied and another surprised at the very mention of this allegation.

This is everyday business in blogging world !

How can one avoid this messy affair then?

Let us first get things cleared. Like offline, responsibility lies with the kleptomaniac.

Lifting content unknowingly is a known phenomenon but doesn’t mean the original content producer feels any less bad about it.

How can we prevent it? (original question)

1 Make your content klepto-proof

Check for sources. Check for inspiration. While preparing a blog review how you arrived where you arrived. Are there ideas that need credit? Be flamboyant about it. Only helps you grow your own community. Send across a mention, send a backlink where needed. Validate, connect and publish

2 Inspired is a thin line 

A lot of artists across the world have chosen the word ‘inspired’ more liberally than it should be. But when Pharell Williams’ signature song ‘Happy’ lost a case of copyright- it began to redefine laws of ‘inspire’ & ‘copying’, art as an entity grew. As bloggers you too will face this thin line every now and then. While getting inspired by nature needs no backlinks, getting inspired by a fellow bloggers does need all the important linking.

3 But we got caught

Despite all checks and reviews imagine if you still found yourself in a sticky situation. Unknowingly lifted an idea and clearly you had no clue this had rubbed on. Then? Act gracious, accept and move on. Enough said

Similar content, lifted concepts is harming blogging in multiple ways. And perhaps a lot more needs to be spoken. We would love to hear from you on this !

Around the challenge we have built up a rather interesting festival as well called the Blogchatter Writing Festival– celebrating the blogger to author journey.

Did we say author?

Oh wait. Have you not seen last year’s post challenge Blogchatter Ebook carnival? Championed by Chitra Divakaruni we received twenty six ebooks during the month of May all self-published by our community members.

This time we have eight popular authors who are coming along as part of our mentor program for festival, taking up special twitter chats and facebook live sessions to further your publishing dream. Read more here: Blogchatter Writing Festival

As part of Festival we will once again be opening our portals for your self-published ebooks (in case you choose to convert your April blogging challenge into one). You can ping us here or anywhere you find us for queries, etc.

This month we will also be taking up the #AtoZChallenge with you. Celebrating better blogging across platforms through our theme:

Blogging Ethics

Add your post below in the linky and take a deep dive into the sea of blogs that gets connected with us ! You can also add your link to our Blogchatter Reading List– Discover more blogs and get discovered !