It must be the Waray as well as the Tondo Girl in me but I can’t ever back out of a good fight, especially if it involves Yours truly being dubbed a Blog Copycat by this Obscure Blogger Slash Self-Proclaimed Hotshot Marketing Consultant (kuno!).
It all started last week when my California-based childhood friend, J, alerted me about an entry of Obscure Blogger (O.B.), a pseudo-friend from my not-so-recent past. You see, J somehow makes it a point to drop by O.B.’s blog when he wants to see how an overdose of narcissism can trigger the emotional death of a very vicious person. J thinks OB is so full of herself but it is perhaps a testament to O.B.’s imagined writing prowess that she gets to be noticed by this friend of mine.
“She could be talking about you again, Ajay. But then again, maybe not. IMHO, your respective blogs are so starkly different from each other. You write about a variety of things. On the other hand, she only talks about herself and how much of a crap her life is,” J tells me.
J was talking about something O.B. wrote, in a desperate potshot at me: “The way she writes her posts is almost me. Even the links that she chooses, the pictures she uploads, the headings of her posts and the things she writes about, itâ€™s a wannabe version of (me) . But, the dead giveaway was her blogâ€™s writing style. It was a desperate imitation of mine that I could almost feel sorry for her….”
Jesus, Mary & Joseph! “What links? What pictures? What writing style?” O.B. uses Blogger, doesn’t have a domain name and doesn’t even subscribe to Flickr. On the other hand, she changed her blog design recently after I changed mine. Now, who’s copying who?
While J and I were debating if that was me she was referring to, we both shared our hunches that she could indeed be talking about me, knowing about her life-long obsession to put me down. Clue No. 1: She wrote something about “this woman is pretty with a waistline I’d kill for.” (ahem! thank you ha!) Clue No. 2: she referred to ” a woman from my previous life” (we stopped knowing each other a year ago.) Clue No. 3: In a totally condescending manner, she further said: ” The tone, look and overall feel of her blog are pathetic imitations of mine. A year ago, she didn’t even know what a blog was.” (The similar tone, look and overall feel is a figment of her imagination but it’s right smack on with the fact that I’ve only blogged for one year. )
As of this writing, O.B. has already devoted so much space about my being a Copycat that I’ve decided to end her agony (or prolong it) by giving the following reply:
You are definitely a BASKETCASE! Senator Brenda will pale in comparison next to you…LOL!
How can you accuse a writer with 15 years of professional writing experience of copying your style? How can you say that am copying your style when you don’t know my writing style from before? When I have a portfolio of published articles that is way, way thicker than yours and you trail me in terms of Google/Yahoo/Technorati search rankings. Ang kapal mo naman (You’re so thick-faced!)
Now if you insist that am copying your style, at least be objective and point out the particular entry, post and expression in question. Then tell me that this language and expression, WRITING STYLE is patented to you and you alone and therefore can’t be used by anybody else. If I copied an exact phrase or paragraph that you used, then so much the better – you can now slap me with an honest-to-goodness plagiarism suit. This I think is better than you blabbering into thin air about me COPYING your writing style.
I know that my friends are going to admonish me for going down to her level but she has given me so much crap that it’s time to speak up. This is the same O.B. who I once gave the opportunity to write for our company newsletter and who I introduced to somebody with whom she bagged a marketing contract. It is pretty obvious that she is not only thankless, she is also consumed with envy. How pathetic that someone who claims to be an expert in marketing cannot even market herself properly…in public and out of it.
I don’t just say kapalmuks (thick-faced) to anybody but I will have to say it straight to her face if she is going to insult my accomplishments as a writer. I am confident in my abilities but I will never accuse anybody of copying my writing style unless it’s an out-and-out plagiarism. Most of all, I will always acknowledge the fact that there always be better writers and bloggers than me. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include this High and Mighty O.B. Bitch.