A few weeks ago, thanks to Google (how I love thee, Google), I found out that my post “Tricky People” are the New Strangers was all over Yahoo News.
No, I don’t spend all day googling myself. I barely have time to eat breakfast or brush my teeth around here, so if I’m going to invest any time in self-stroking, well, hey, I’d rather it be the other kind.
That’s why I use Google Alerts – so that I can lie around all day …
Shortly after “Tricky People” went viral and started bringing in 10k hits a day, I set up a Google Alert for the phrase just so if anybody re-printed my post without crediting me I’d know about it.
I figured some newbie blogger might make that kind of error, and I’d go find her and chat with her and gently let her know the error of her ways.
Here’s what I didn’t think would happen:
THAT A MAJOR MARKET NEWS SHOW, A NATIONAL NETWORK AFFILIATE NEWSHOW, would steal my work, photograph it clearly enough that you could read my words and my kids’ names, use MY post as the hook for THEIR story, BLUR MY NAME, then go through MY links to get to Pattie Fitzgerald’s SafelyEverAfter.com, and use images from HER SITE without permission – and without credit – too. Continue reading “EXTRA! EXTRA! MOMS PREVAIL AGAINST THE MEDIA MACHINE!” »