Friday, June 19, 2009

Cheap Honeymoon

No, I am not going on one. I mean we are not going on one. Not that I am against honeymoons, or against cheap things, or against cheap honeymoons, I am just wondering what do these words have to do with my dear dear post about our dear Dev D . Just Just Just now I got an email from almighty God and his representative Joseph that 'told' me that they have just added this post to their website and here is the link where I can see the honors been done to my post. Are they trying to make me famous by linking my post? If they are, why is the post hacked to half its size? What good is it going to serve their cause of giving cheap cheap honeymoons to people? How does Dev help them in their honeymoons? Is it because of the word 'sex' having been found in the post? Come to think of it, is honeymoon all about the 's' word? But then, in my own style, I digress. On a serious note, is Dev going to provide the honeymooners with any kicks? The million-dollar question is, what the heck is THIS post doing there? My blog has 99 more posts. Agar isey samjh sako....

So coming back to the question, are they trying to make me famous? No, there is no free lunch. Why should they make me famous? Alternatively, are they trying to make themselves famous? Should I flatter myself that my post is so so so valuable that it will make them famous by giving them more hits? If it is so good, it could give me more hits at its own home turf. What say? In order to put a pin through my puffed-up ego, I would understand that it is no instrument to make them or me famous. So what IS the purpose?

Also, on a detailed perusal, I found that my neighbour posts deal with cheap hotels, airlines, fat weddings, thin weddings, honeymoon ideas (do they really need them?), Barack Obama, Democrats, cheap activities (now this is the limit), witches (wow, what a kick during a honeymoon), Karla Darocas (yes, I know her, or is it a him?), Paris kisses, Arthurian legends (whatever their connection among each other), army ball (just one?),Caesar salad (if I had known this works, I would have had a cheap wedding too), Groom's guide to keep the honeymoon cheap (sure, ask the pink chaddi gang, they have ideas aplenty) etc. Barring my post and Obama, all deal with honeymoon. What the heck are you and I doing there, Barack dear?

I remember having read that one of Iya's posts had been linked at a website and she had written a post here. A few days before that NM had written about a whole post of hers having been lifted and plagiarised, and Kiran had also mentioned the same problem. The latter two cases had been plain lifting by the same person who later ran off deleting her blog . I understand that by writing in the open blogworld, we leave our writings vulnerably available -to be used by people as and when they wish. All that we can claim or make noise about is due credits being given to us. In mine and Iya's case, the url's of our blogs have been mentioned. Should we be happy? In this case, would you enlighten me, counsel me, advise me, console me, congratulate me or just call me a phool and run away?

18 comments:

Gazal said...

frankly am clueless...

but will follow this space to know more about the issue and what people say about it.

Imp's Mom said...

yar aap bhi famous ho gayi! errr....congrats???!!!!

am totally clueless ... lets see what the others come up with :)

click on the link on the page and it's redirected to ur post...

Sidhusaaheb said...

They provide your website a link on their page and then ask you to link back, in the hope of improving the 'search-engine ranking'.

Among the criteria that search-engines use to decide upon ranking are the number of 'link-backs' to the site in question.

Theoretically, site-owners would link to other websites that they find useful in some way. However, 'reciprocal-linking' is meant to beat that.

That's all there is to it!

:)

Solilo said...

Mampi, I get incoming links of various blogs and such websites where I find my posts. In almost all cases it is bots that pick up posts on the basis of tags fed just like those spam mails. I always delete such links.

UL said...

outrageous indeed - copyrights hardly work !!!! sue them - cheap honeymoon can turn a little expensive....

Pradip Biswas said...

I just remmber one incident while reading your this blog. One ex-director of Tata(very Close to Ratan Tata) was on an election Campaign. On his way a person begged for a lift telling him he knew the area like the back of his palm. On reaching the spot he got down from his vehicle and mingled in the crowd. Later on that man sprayed rumors that he is very close to him and he can help people to get anything done from Tatas. Is someone using your blog like that by linking it?

Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Since you haven't explicitly allowed your writings to be part of the Creative Commons, it is plagiarism even if they did attribute the source.

However, I personally wouldn't mind this sort of a link. Given the amount of readership we have anyway, its okay with me. Of course I've joined the creative commons (attribute, non-commercial) license - take a look at mine if you want to know more.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Imitation is NOT the best form of flattery, then...at they they have acknowledged you via url, unlike our music composers who croon, 'LIFT kara de...'.

zirelda said...

And then you get into the topic of intellectual property don't you?

I don't know. Never been linked or even quoted that I know of.

But you do write very well.

churningthewordmill said...

im as lost as u on this one mampi!! i wud like to believe they are trying to make u famous.. thats shud be fun na? but then u have urself raised valid questions about no free lunches in the world.. so i dont really know wat to make of this!!

PS: how come noone ever wants to link to me!! no one links, no one plagerises!! just how badly do i write!!:P

Mampi said...

Gazal and Imp's mom-I am counting on all you buddies to help me understand this all.

SS-Thank you,

Solilo-Yeah, it seems like having been picked by a lifeless bot. The website also doesnt seem to be operated by human beings.

UL-Yeah, perhaps suing them would help.

Pradip-Should I compare myself to Mr Tata-importance wise, I mean?

Sudipta-So you think I shouldnt mind it?

Sucharita-Yeah, flattery it indeed is not. So I should stay cool as the blog has been mentioned as the source?

Z- :) Should I stay cool then?

Mandira-Sucharita told us, Imitation is no compliment. So the fact that you have not been plagiarised should not mean you do not write well. Here is wishing you one such link-shink. Hehe. Who knows apna Joseph bhai is reading this comment and is linking your blog even as you read it.

Rajindarjit said...

When you are on the air, or on the TV screen or on the website, you learn much more. Life is like that.
So go ahead.
Dhindsa

Liju Philip said...

i love the name of that site. Honeymun. *lol*

If you see your website traffic increasing , you know who to thank for rite ;)

laddu said...

it had happened 2 me also once. i had created a community on orkut, wrote an awesome(as told by my fds) description..sometime later i found out that someone has lifted d display pic and d description of my communities and created one of its own....

so dont get surprise if tom u see an entire blog with ur posts, same pic and theme.....

Phoenixritu said...

I get a lot of them. I just delete them .... simply because I do not understand them.

EXSENO said...

I don't know what to say either. I think it all depends on the person and what they are trying to do. If someone finds a post of mine interesting enough to want to borrow some of it, I don't think I would mind but then the proper thing for them to do is to say who's blog they got the information from it's just common courtesy.

karmickids said...

I get links to posts everyday, which is alright with me because they lead the reader back to the original post.
What I am against is the cut paste of the entire post and passing it off as their own, which is what happened with one of my posts at thirtysixandcounting. As long as your post has been given credit, and you have been informed that you have been linked up, I think it is perfectly okay...

Mithe said...

Congrats? heck!no-this is not good is it ma'am?You really write well. The best solution would be to ignore them I guess.....most of the replies here think the same..no?
I liked this post.The trademark grin, wit and humour aplenty again....:)