Seth has a post on his site that reminded me to write this.
I love blogging. But I hate bloggards. It's a new term that I've penned for bloggers who are simply too lazy to blog – but would rather simply regurgitate another blog, sometimes word for word. It's lazy and it's pretty much stealing since hits may make only it to their page rather than the original blogger. Now, if you have an opposing or supporting statement that you wish to add to the conversation – that's what Blogging is for! That's the conversation in the blogosphere.
It's so easy for a blogger to try to be like other bloggers, merely because there's so much input available. Resist! – Seth Godin
The next level lower than the bloggards are the aggregators. These are sites that simply scrape your content and put it on their site. These scum-suckers are ridiculous. I think it's nothing short of plagiarism. Sure – they have a link back to your page where you've posted, but they've already made money on your content. That's theft, plain and simple.
If you folks know how we can fight this, please comment on this. I want it to stop!