I received a nice e-mail today from a longtime reader and fellow blogger. I’ll leave it quiet who it was, but she wrote to ask me what’s up related to this post among some other stuff that’s happened lately.
She also said “lately you really seem to be laying into other women’s rugby bloggers” and “I guess I’m just stating my opinion that copy-cat is a bit of a derogatory term especially if you’re trying to encourage more discussion and exposure of women’s rugby.”
So I would like to apologize to everyone for this. I won’t go back and delete the post or anything else I’ve written, but I will say I’m sorry if this was read as anti-women’s rugby bloggers. I never meant it that way.
It actually has nothing to do with any one blog specifically, and is definitely not just women’s rugby. But I get a lot of e-mails and sometimes even phone calls (one while I was at work!) from people out there who want to, for example, know how much money I make off of my ads (if I’m lucky, a nickel a day, which is nobody’s business but mine if we’re being polite). Or who wants links from here to get traffic for a blog they just started, haven’t really written anything of worth, and then a month later, they disappear again. Or I visit sites and they’re ripping some player or team (American or International) to shreds without any thought for how this affects that player, that team or the greater community.
A lot of this is due to the fact that I have been getting a lot more visitors and traffic, even the link from the BBC – which was awesome – but definitely ramped up a lot of the bullshit stuff too.
I meant “copycat” in regards to sites that are just out there instantaneously, regurgitating some of my posts (and some of yours), copying and pasting directly from news sites without proper sources (so it looks like they wrote it themselves), or even in one case, a site that copied my link lists directly in exactly the same order. With no regards for trying to do something on their own merits.
I hope this makes sense. I didn’t think I needed to explain this, but clearly some of you took it personally, which was not my intention. So I’m sorry.
For all of you out there, who are writing and sharing your views of the rugby world, whether it’s from Wisconsin, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, England, Japan, Germany or anywhere else … please keep doing what you’re doing. It’s awesome.