Initial days of blogging is always full of many mistakes, and we learn from it. Today, I’m writing this article to make a confession. A silly mistake which I made unintentionally, and wanted to confess here to get myself out of self-guilt.
Before I start with my confession I would like to share one mistake that might hamper my reputation, but since my readers are my asset, so I prefer to confess, rather then letting them to do same mistake which I made few years back.
And blogging is all about speaking the truth, and here I go with my first Blogging confession:
I created my first free BlogSpot blog back in 2007, when I was in final year of my college. That time, my only motto of blogging was to collect useful information from Web and put them on my blog for my own reference. That time I was a copy-paste blogger, who used to copy interesting article from different websites, (plagiarism) and that was the first mistake of my blogging journey.
Though, I have something to defend myself at the same time: Since, I was unaware of Adsense and how Bloggers make money, I never monetized my site. Though, I’m sure it might hurt ranking of few pages of other Bloggers, but it was an innocent mistake which I was doing unknowingly.
I got to know about my mistake, when I got a mail from one of the blog admin, Nirmal from Life Rocks, he was not offended, he sincerely asked me to remove the posts which I copied from his site ( I deleted complete blog later), but only one word in his mail made me to confess today is that “You are stealing the post“.
Yes I was stealing posts that time, but I was not monetizing it, I did it to share knowledge with all, whatever I find appropriate for me and for others but my approach was very wrong.
And now I can proudly say that each and every post of ShoutMeLoud is my creation, in every post I have given my best. I’m learning from my mistake so in case of any ambiguity do let me know but now its time for me to confess the sin which I did:
I confess that I made a crime by stealing other content though being a newbie blogger, I had no idea about copied content is not legal and I was doing it to share knowledge and not to make money.
Story started with my first blog on BlogSpot where I used to copy, technology related posts from other blog. I used to copy certain posts which I found useful and thought other would also like to read. I was a newbie blogger and that time I had no idea about RSS, traffic or monetization of blog.
Friends this post is for all who are still into copying stuff or stealing ideas, (Plagiarism ). Stop doing it now! Else one day you might say sorry for the things you doing now.
Your brain is your workshop, think of something which is original or present idea in a way that no one ever thought of presenting in that way. If you like creating an archive of best and interesting posts from web, a good idea is to use Social bookmarking sites like delicious, Stumbleupon.
Today I’m at a stage that I earn handsomely good sum of $ every month because of blogging and I needed to make this confession before I spend a single penny from that money.
Guys create your own identity by writing something that will make you feel great. This will also help your blog to grow and create a brand of yours. If you are unaware of other common mistakes, I recommend you to read following articles:
- Top 21 Blogging mistakes that can ruin your blog
- 5 mistakes to avoid to become a successful blogger
- Common mistakes a new blogger usually make
You will realize soon that when you write you write for yourself first, if you can’t write for yourself, how can you expect 1000 of readers reading your article?
and in the end it’s all about creating your own identity as a Blogger.
I’m sure by now the message which I’m trying to share with you is loud and clear and I appreciate you for reading my confession.