Okay, lemme get this straight:
I took a quiz recently that identified me as being the Peanuts character Schroeder. Other bloggers have taken the same test and also been identified as Schroeder. There is already a blogger named Schroeder! Stop the madness already! Maybe Sheckrastos and I oughta be calling ourselves Agador Spartacus and be done with it...
Then, I post a little something yesterday that misidentifies a random commenter on a Times-Picayune article as a citizen journalist blogger known to all us NOLAns who do the posting thing ourselves on our own damn sites, thanks very much. Bayou St John David writes ever so well about that sinking feeling that someone may have just poached your thoughts as well as your identity:
I didn't have time to write anything more, but I've noticed him (or her) in those forums before. I think there might be another similar name on those forums as well. I recently saw the other BSJ (or somebody else with a similar moniker -bayoudavid?) make a comment that bothered me because it sounded almost, but not quite, like something I'd write. Can't remember what it was exactly, but I do remember that 80-90% of it was something I'd have written, but i really didn't like the other 10-20%.
I advised David to head for the Creative Commons website pronto and get one of their nifty little widgets that says my work is all mine, mine, mine and you can't ever but ever use it unless I say so, dammit so that at the very least all his hard work on his sites will be his (shhhyeah, like it isn't already...)and he will have the right to attest this in court. Comments on other blogs are a whole 'nother planet, I realize that, but at least you can be, uhh, master of your domain...heh.
The CC thing is something I've been wanting to do for a while, anyhow, especially since I saw what Holly went through a while back. Picasso once said something about great artists stealing, but stealing somebody's posts and republishing them as your own is criminal...and very, very tacky. Get your own damn blogs, people!
Then again, I don't know who anybody is anymore, period. All of this is starting to make me paranoid. Somebody tell me, please..is this really my blogsite? Does anybody really know if the trees fell in that forest, if they made a sound? Do I need to put my face back on?