The Weekend Edit: The One With The Blog Thief & The Pants Pervert

Is a title I never thought I'd end up using.

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Yes, I really did deem that an appropriate title for this blog post. I’m a little delirious if we’re being honest. You’ll probably see why in a minute.

This isn’t technically a Weekend Edit post that covers just this week. It covers a couple of stressful blog-related woes from last week too – I needed to vent, as I hope you’ll understand when you find out what’s been cracking off…

I don’t like being a Meany Moira like this, but honestly, is it so hard to write your own blog posts and look for knickers in more appropriate places?

Let’s start with a little good, though, before we get onto the bad and the downright ugly:

Aldi Lacura Healthy Glow Rose Oil – First Impressions

When I was in Aldi the other day, I picked up the Rose Face Oil, which had been on my ‘need to try’ list for a few weeks.

It’s £3.99 for a 25ml bottle. I’m really liking it so far. I’ve noticed that my skin is so much brighter when I’ve used this, plus it feels heaps softer too. If you can find some, I’d honestly recommend picking one up and giving it a try.

Knowing my luck, it’ll disappear for months on end, perhaps never to return again. It’s always the way with Aldi skincare and makeup products that I fall for! (So I might’ve jinxed it here, sorry.)

The Blog Thief & The Pants Pervert


Sounds like a horrific, modern day fairytale, doesn’t it? Either that or a strange name for a pub… It’s not, though, they were just two huge sources of stress for me last week.

The Pants Pervert

Last Wednesday, I was idly scrolling through Google Analytics when I stumbled across the fact that somebody searched for ‘knickers’ on this blog, via the search bar.

Guess what? It really creeped me out.

Thanks to a deeper delve through my stats once I’d calmed down, I have a pretty good idea of who it is.


I’m not a fashion blogger. I don’t write about clothes very often at all, and I’ve never, ever talked about underwear. So, it’s a bit pervy, isn’t it? To spend three hours reading my blog posts and pages (YES, THREE HOURS) and to search for that while you’re here.

I’m not just being paranoid, am I?

If he’s reading, it’s a well-known fact that there are kinkier places on the Internet than here. Please go to those for your knicker fix next time.

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The Blog Thief

Then, a few hours later, I stumbled across the fact that someone had recently plagiarised one of my most popular blog posts from the last year (my latest university tips post).

How lovely of them to infringe my copyright like that.

Not only had this lady stolen huge chunks of my blog post – word for word almost all the way through ‘her’ post and put it on her company blog, but she’d also copied great chunks of it and pasted it into Instagram photo captions for FIVE different photos.

I know imitation’s the sincerest form of flattery, but blatant theft’s just taking the biscuit, isn’t it?

She never asked for permission to do this. She didn’t give me any credit whatsoever. She didn’t link back to this blog. (In fact, she deleted the internal links I’d scattered throughout the post so that I’d get no traffic from her site that might arouse suspicion!) She just copied and pasted the words I worked hard to put together and used them for her own gain. REALLY NOT OKAY.

And, seeing as it’s on her business website, she’ll presumably be making money from that blog post i.e. she will have stolen it in order to generate herself more business thanks to people reading it. (Plus, the Instagram photos, with captions written by yours truly, will be there to tempt people into using her life coaching service.)

What do I get? Nothing, apparently. I know imitation’s the sincerest form of flattery, but blatant theft’s just taking the biscuit, isn’t it?

Please bear in mind that this blog isn’t my job. I don’t earn money from it. So, I spent several evenings writing that post: doing research, writing, and then editing – before publishing it in the hope it’d help any freshers who’d read it – all for her to come along and nick it to try and make money from it!

I’m quite angry about it, to be honest. (You might’ve guessed!) It’s not just rude, it’s actually illegal. Everything on this blog is subject to copyright. (Hence the little ‘©’ at the bottom of every single page on here!)

I’m quite tough when it comes to copyright. I worked hard on that post, and I’ll be damned if she’s going to take the credit for it any longer.

How many people have read that post on her website in the last two months, or her Instagram captions, thinking that they’re her words? I dread to think.

When the person who actually wrote it makes NO MONEY from the post, but the blog thief does, can you blame me for being furious?

Why can’t people just play by the rules?


So, I spent that Wednesday evening feeling a heavy dose of incredulity about the creepiness and cheekiness of some people! It’s things like this that make blogging feel like it’s more trouble than it’s worth.

Why do people have to do this? Do they not think they’ll get found out? Do they not realise that it’s theft and copyright infringement?

After the shock wore off, I had to go through the stressful process of reporting stuff and submitting a DMCA Takedown notice to the host of the blog thief to get it removed. Thankfully, GoDaddy made the thief take the text from ‘her’ post down within two days of me reporting it. (The headings that she stole from me are still up, though.)

Then I had to go to Instagram and report the images for copyright infringement too to get them taken down. They were gone within minutes, thankfully, but stuff like this always leaves a sour taste in my mouth for ages to come. Why do people have to do this? Do they not think they’ll get found out? Do they not realise that it’s theft and copyright infringement?

It left me questioning if it’s happened before and I’m yet to discover it, and if it’ll happen again in the future.

It’s genuinely so disheartening and discouraging when people steal your content.

I don’t like being a Meany Moira like this, but honestly, is it so hard to write your own blog posts and look for knickers in more appropriate places?

I’m off for a lie down.


How was your week? (Hopefully there were no Pants Pervs in your stats this week or last.)


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