Gullible bloggers are born every day and guess that I’m now one of them. When we smear words and photos upon a white screen–they are there because most writers want to encourage someone else. Each day, I envision my fellow blogging buddies across this world expressing themselves with pure motives. I am even quick to imagine our computer clicking efforts making this world a bit brighter.

Over this past week however, a shadow remains–lurking over my blog. I’m learning that there are online sites that cannot conjure up their own content to make money, so they scrape and steal blogs from well-followed online authors. They intend to steal ratings, monies, and readership. Little do they know, that others are watching their misdeeds and they are not going unnoticed. I’m grateful to readers who go out of their way to alert me to my mangled reposting’s. This past week, after my own discoveries, a reader from the UK alerted me to this recent blogging issue.

While I understand that my post today may not inspire too many readers, I pray that it will open a few more eyes a little wider anyway. Since, it seems, that our world is growing darker by the minute in so many realms, I am embracing a beautiful gift called choice. Should I give up and stop blogging altogether? Should I give in to temptation for revenge and hold fast to an unforgiving spirit? Or should I keep posting, ignore the thieves, and continue taking alternate steps? Much effort goes into penning blogs and in all honesty, it’s deflating and sickening to witness the ugly side of writing.

When a reader signs up by email to read my blog posts, they want to open their inbox and linger over a post–not take in a twisted version. I am speaking up on behalf of other bloggers and myself who are all facing this issue. We won’t stop offering inspiration or hope to people. We wont stop encouraging and we won’t allow our blogs to become anything less than what we intend them to be–a gift to unwrap and delight in.

“Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.”
Ephesians 4:28New International Version (NIV)

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