By now I'm pretty sure the entire book blogging community and then some know about what happened with Kristy from The Story Siren. If you're not sure who she is, she's one of the most well known bloggers for YA and one that has been at blogging for quite some time. If you aren't sure what happened, well, Rachel from Parajunkee summed things up pretty well in this post. So check it out if you need to catch up. She tells you what happened but she also leaves links for you to see first hand.
I'm not here to talk about that... completely. First off, I'm not entirely sure how I feel on the subject. Yes, what she did was wrong and from the evidence seen here there's really no way to deny Kristy being guilty. But what frustrates me the most is the fact that she didn't come out and just admit that what she did was wrong! Instead she stayed quiet until everything was pulled out against her, claiming she was trying to keep things private and thought the matter could be handled in a quiet fashion. Even when she did apologize though, it felt half-hearted at best.
As bloggers, we get caught up in life, we get tired with going to school, working a day job, having husbands and family to tend to that it seems so easy to rely on someone else to do all the heavy work. Unfortunately though, that's just not an option. While it can be so easy for one of us to see something online (Think about how much we read daily! Come on, we're book bloggers for heaven's sake!) and that get thrown back into your memory and when you go to write about it later it spills out a bit to closely. Plagiarism is a serious offense that needs to be stopped and dealt with accordingly.
I'm not here to bash Kristy though. Frankly, I'm tired of all the berating people are giving her. I'm not saying stop following her, or not to do her IMM meme anymore, I'm simply asking you to figure out where you stand and stand firm. If that's what you decide to do, do that. But in a generation that seems to suggest that everything should be handed to them, that they shouldn't have to work for anything, this is something that needs to be paid attention to.
At The Ink Puddle, we do our best to put as much effort and heart into this blog to make it something that you guys appreciate as much as we do. And my goal, hope and prayer is that we never fall into that trap. However if we do please contact us and let us know. We will take appropriate measures with the subject. I can't help as a book blogger to feel sorry for all of you for what happened here. This doesn't give us a good name but I hope this doesn't discourage you from following those blogs you love including, hopefully our own.
Thank you for your continued support,
All of us at The Ink Puddle