I had the urge to post this topic today as I’ve recently read an incident of “Frankenstein” recipe from my fellow KCC sister. I’ll call this “Frankenstein” foodie blog syndrome as the Foodie Blogger (does this person have the right to be called this?), attach somebody else’s recipe, tweaked it to be kind of different and then pasted pictures that doesn’t really reflect the said recipe. What’s worst about it, is that she didn’t even gave credit to the people she scraped the bits and pieces. I rate this kind, 99% losers because they change some words and add extra ingredients to make it kind of different.
Another worst kind of a wannabe Foodie Blogger is the serial scrapper, who lifts and steal entire post and pictures and pretend it’s his/her own. This kind are the 100% losers….the worst kind!
99% or 100%, I think they both belong to the bottom feeders…parasites who prey’s on other people’s creativity.
Before I made Busog! Sarap!, I had read most of the rules and regulation I could find on the web about blogging. So this bottom feeders cannot justify their actions that they are not aware of what they are doing, if they can surf and steal….they can Google, ethics in Blogging. Come on…if you are old enough to drink, drive, work and have a family or even be retired….so you should know better!
For people who are interested in Foodie Blogging, here are some of my own personal Foodie Blogging Rules & Tips that I follow:
Cusinera’s Foodie Blogging Rules & Tips:
- When you want to use a picture of other Food Bloggers or any other sites, ask their permission first. Read their rules and regulations carefully when it comes to their contents. You should LINK!!!
- Lifting contents and pasting it to your Blog is a big NO! NO!, if you want to start your own Foodie Blog you should have the passion and heart to make it as your own. If you’re just interested in making money in your ads….forget it! We’ll find you soon enough!
- Give credit when it’s due, link the Foodie Blogger to your post that inspired your creation. If you followed a cookbook, magazine or newspaper clippings, mention it also. You can use “adapted from”, “inspired by” and “sourced from”.
- When I like other bloggers recipe or a cookbook recipe…I would read it carefully and cook it. Once I’ve finished cooking the dish, I then write down how I did it myself…..so there’s no excuse to copy and paste….God gave you brain, use it!
- If you want to post recipes, make sure you have tested and cooked it yourself. One thing that irks me as a blog reader is wasting ingredients after trying out a certain recipe because some idiot just felt like posting a useless recipe.
- Don’t leave out ingredients that is essential to the recipe. I don’t understand this mentality….Why have a Food Blog in the first place? Why post a recipe when you’re not willing to share it 100%?
- Every time I post a recipe or just a general babble….I always ask myself….is it useful to my readers….I always put myself as a blog reader….is my recipe easy enough to understand… what alternative ingredients that can be use…..what can I do next time I cook that certain dish to further improve it?
- You won’t die…taking a picture of your own dish and using it, instead of using others. It adds to your credibility, and that my friend is a precious trait. You can use your mobile phone to take pictures if you can’t afford a digital camera….as long you made the dish, that’s all that matters in my opinion. It might not be as pretty as the others but you own it and you should be proud of what you made.
- If you want to keep some of your recipes for private use…that’s is fine but don’t replace it with another recipe and declare it that’s your secret recipe, that’s is just plain lying. Post recipes that you can freely share and most importantly, they should work!
So, to end this Foodie Blogging rants of mine, I’ll leave you with a summary of this post…..Foodie Blog with your heart, have passion in what you put in your blog, post what you’ve cooked personally and most important of all, don’t steal other peoples pictures and contents. I feel sorry for the followers of this kind of blogs who scrapes other people’s creative hard work, they’re just being fooled!
If you happen to find copycats while you’re blog hopping, please contact the original source of the pictures or contents and give them the Url addresses of the culprits…..We should not tolerate plagiarism! We should not follow fake foodie bloggers!