As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve started a side project. I haven’t started anything new in a great number of years, and the… newness of it has taken me by surprise. All that action, followed by all that sitting around, was taking a (predictable but no less surprising) toll on my perspective and my mindset.
When I was in those first few days of creating my little Summer Hen, I ran across this piece. Marina Darlow, creator of the Systems Meet Humanity podcast, sent this out as a piece of launch content for her new show.
This was just what I needed to hear. And it just so happened to be about eggs. And hens. Which meant I felt like she wrote it just for me.
With her permission, I’ve reprinted it here, in the hopes that it might help you as well.
Every now and again, I get a question from a reader on the topic of plagiarism. These questions tend to take the form of what’s what – what constitutes plagiarism, what’s copyright infringement, and what’s just being a boring old copycat? And on the other hand, what to do about it.
Well, I’ve been creating content online for 11 years now, so I’ve acquired some thoughts. I’m not a lawyer, so I’m not going to tell you what to do. But I can tell you what I do.
First, I will give you three outstandingly brazen examples of Things That Are Written By Other People That Look Startlingly Like Things I Have Already Written from the last few months. Then I will tell you what I do about it.
Ready? OF COURSE YOU ARE.
This is what a business’ growth curve looks like.
It’s a thing. It has a name. It’s called an S-Curve.
See how it looks like an S?
It always looks like an S. Always. That’s why it’s called an S-Curve.
Keep that in mind. We’ll come back to it in a few minutes.