….it was an interesting blog weekend.
I had an embarrassing meltdown.
And I posted it on FB for everyone to see.
And just in case you missed it on FB, I made sure to email it out to every single contact in my gmail.
So here’s what happened: my sister and I were perusing Pinterest on Friday night. She was excited to see my Pumpkin Better Than… Cake on the main Food/Drink page, and clicked through just for the fun of it. You can imagine my surprise when a website (that was not my own) appeared, prominently displaying my recipe and my photograph, with absolutely no credit or link back to me anywhere.
Upon further investigation, I found that this site already had close to 10 thousand pins of my recipe from their site. Ugh. I felt sick. And violated. And angry.
So I had a little bit of a tantrum and asked all of you to visit the site to demand they remove the recipe and photo. And bless all of your hearts, so many of you left me sweet comments saying that you tried to comment.
THANK YOU. Your support is so noticed and appreciated!
Here’s the most recent news: as you may have already seen on facebook (thanks Aimee and Vanessa), this site has, apparently, been set up for the sole purpose of stealing recipes and photos. And when the owner discovers the theft, they put out word to all of their friends to visit the site and demand the recipe be removed (sound familiar?), thus generating tons of traffic.
And, of course, no one behind the site has any intention of removing the stolen goods from their horrible, pilfering site. I think we can safely assume our comments won’t be appearing on the post either.
So what am I doing about it? I’m working with Pinterest to stop the bleeding. I’m reporting the incident to Google. And I’m contacting the folks who host their website. I’m watermarking all of my photos.
And I’m drowning my sorrows in frozen hot chocolate made with Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses (which I am obsessed with this year).
Make it. You’ll love it. I promise.
Recipe adapted from: NY Times