A Thank You for Bonzai

I owe a heartfelt thank you to my blog hero Bonzai Aphrodite. http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/  What can I say, I worship this girl!   Yesterday Bonzai made me aware of a blog infraction.  I had copied content from her blog and reblogged on my site. Granted, I included the source link but still… What I learned is, it is a blog no-no to copy entire content from someone else’s blog. The reason is, [in Bonzai’s words] “Duplicate content can mess with search engine functioning, with user’s ability to find original work, as well as with my [her] site’s SEO.”  She went on to say, “…it is ok to excerpt the post, or lead with the introductory paragraph or whatever, as long as you provide a link back to the original post (which I see you did – thank you!).” 

I have always been a believer of ignorance is no excuse for a defense; however, in my case, it is my defense.  What can I say, I’m a blog Noob. In fact, in the past, I have commiserated with Book Peeps about my blog ignorance because she can empathize.   I used to have a manager who used to tell me to learn from my mistakes and move on. Well, in this case, I have definitely learned something. It is all any of us can do, right?

To that end, I am grateful to Bonzai for being so gracious about my lack of blog protocol.  She was very sweet and friendly about my infraction and she didn’t have to. This whole thing could have gone the other direction. Thankfully, it didn’t.  This also says something about her character. That is to say, she is clearly good people.

Sadly, I discovered Bonazai’s blog after she retired it (Full Disclosure: I owe Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life credit for introducing me to Bonzai’s blog).  Yesterday, I Googled Bonzai trying to find a way to get in contact without using her now retired blog and discovered she is on Twitter, Tumblr, Circle of Moms. Unfortunately, due to my employer’s firewall, I am unable to access these mediums. I do have a computer at home (as well as an iPhone) but when I leave the office I officially disconnect from everything.  My job requires me to be on-line 10 hours a day, so disconnecting is crucial to my overall well-being. Trust me, you wouldn’t like me if I didn’t disconnect. This includes disconnecting on the weekends. Oh sure I may send a text or make a phone call but computers and the like are off-limits. [My hope is Bonzai will check back to see if I have removed the content and  this message.]

In closing, I aspire to have a blog as informative, fun, witty, and interesting as Bonzai’s.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get there, but dammit, I’m going to try.

Bonzai, thank you for your kindness.  Also, before I sign off, just to let you know, when I Googled you I found the following question being asked about you: “What happened to Bonzai Aphrodite?” at http://getoffmyinternets.net/gomi-forum/healthy-living-bloggers/what-happened-to-bonzai-aphrodite/ and from what I could glean, you are embarking on a new journey and to that, I wish you boat loads of happiness and success with your new adventure.

All the best,




8 thoughts on “A Thank You for Bonzai

  1. GE…thanks so much for this info! I have had a post sitting in drafts for a about a week that had copied content from another blog! Like you, I did have a link to the source but…who knew? It’s going right into the trash bin. Yikes…you saved me with this one! We both learned something important. And kudos to Bonzai for taking the high road. I also admire your commitment to “disconnect” after a long day at work and over the weekend! Have a peaceful and restful weekend. I almost didn’t recognize you, with the new look and all. 🙂

    • Hi BP! 🙂

      I’m happy to bring attention to blogs I admire, which as you know, includes yours.

      And yes! Who knew? I got off easy this time. Whew!
      Like you, I removed all posts from my blog where I copied content (w/out actual permission). Better safe than sorry. Next time I will ask for permission from the original source before posting.

      As for the appearance. I haven’t been very happy with the look of my blog. Like anything else, it’s a work in progress… I’m sure it will change a few more times before I settle on something that symbolizes the true flavor of this blog. BTW, I love the way your content is organized. Good theme choice! It suits you. 🙂

      Thank you for the kind words and well wishes. You enjoy the weekend as well and although you are a writer but do try and disconnect — it’s good for your soul. 🙂

      All the best,

      • Thank you, really, for all the compliments on my blog. I think this is the 2nd theme and 4th time I’ve changed the formatting, background and header photo, so I can completely relate to yours being a “work in progress”, too. LOL In the meantime, while you work on the appearance, know that your content and writing is wonderful and a joy to read! Just keep doing what you’re doing. And, thanks for the reminder that I, too, need to disconnect from all the technology. As a writer, and a new addition to the blogging and social network scene, it has become a real challenge, even more so now that Autumn is here and my passion for outdoor gardening is getting ready to hibernate for the long winter ahead.

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