Sunday, May 13, 2007

Wee Post: Watch This Space

I recently read about a blog being hijacked. It startled me because I felt safe in blogsville. As nearly as I can tell, that blog was hijacked because someone wanted to profit from the ad revenues. Since I do not have ads, I am a fairly low risk. I don't have enough authorly vanity to think someone would be interested in stealing the words but the alarm reminded me that I actually started blogging because I thought I might actually make a real book out of it.

Thus I will be blogging still but also working on other writing projects which will cut into blog time. Don't give up on this spot, but be patient if it takes a wee whilie as they say up here for a new post.



At 2:01 PM, Blogger The Curmudgeon said...

I hope my post about that didn't put you off.

In both of the hijacking cases I know of, the blogger had both stopped writing and deleted the blog.

Both were established blogs with many incoming links so the hijacker was able to become instantly established.

But only for awhile... because they were promptly called out.

What's interesting to me is how the hijacker was apparently able to pounce as soon as the delete key was struck....

At 2:07 PM, Blogger landgirl said...

No, worries, as they really do say in Australia, I was not so worried as to stop--just to be more prudent, as with person whose blog you referenced, I had no backups. It just reminded that I was silly (in previous life I did qc for information systems for a pharma company and here I was with no back ups) and also reminded me that I was maybe sorta avoiding the hard work of writing, which as we all know is the editing and rewriting. So all in all it was a good thing.

At 3:28 AM, Blogger Hayden said...

I've had friends with entire posts stolen, and of course, stolen identities popping up on other blog platforms is common too. I spent my first year and a half blogging on a platform that was sold, changed the terms of the agreement without telling us (our responsibility to monitor it) and announced that our blogs were their property. Ugly. I erased as much as I could before my trouble-making got me booted. My blog is still up, and, from the counter, as of 6 months ago was still drawing traffic. I am much more circumspect about what I publish on my blog now.

I was stunned at your comment that "the hard work of writing is the editing and rewriting" for me, its the initial bravery/effort of getting the first draft down. And part of the difficulty is that I edit/rewrite as I go, and would far rather polish.

sigh. we all truely ARE different.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger landgirl said...

Oh, Hayden I am sorry that you lost your blog. That is awful. Man, I must say I am not good at reading those agreements or understanding them--thanks for the warning.

Oh editing as you write is hard enough work, but taking that hard cold light of day look is, for me, even tougher. I think you are right, though, that the very toughest--uber-tough part of writing is that first word on a blank page.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

What does a blog hijacker do? Take it to Cuba?


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