Blue Gal's post about content poaching raises a serious issue that has created headaches and indignation across the blogsophere. With so many worthy voices in the blogsophere churning out quality work on a consistent basis, larger sites, entities, or individuals apparently feel no remorse in resorting to overt plagiarism or lifting visual content without the permission or consent of the author or authors. Citizen journalists like myself and others consider blogging a labor of love and as such they offer their services largely for free. The major issue at play is that blogging, much like writing, is a supremely competitive endeavor that stems from lots of people fighting over the same turf, commenting on the same issues, and seeking to attain paid positions, which are not and may never be plentiful.
In solidarity with Blue Gal and other sites like it, I have followed her example and posted a donation button at the bottom of this post. Those who feel inclined or so moved can signify their support by contributing. No gift is too big or too small and participation is, of course, strictly voluntary. It is my wish that those bloggers of general sympathy consider this same gesture.