The other day, I did a piece where I liveblogged a glass of water. (Full disclosure: I really wanted to liveblog a sandwich, but I didn’t have a sandwich.) After I wrote the piece, I wanted to see how quickly Google registered stuff, so I googled “liveblogging a glass of water.” Lo and behold, there was another website with a post entitled “liveblogging a glass of water.” “This aggression will not stand!” I said, thinking that this person had grabbed my work whole cloth and stuck it on his or her own website. But when I clicked over, I learned that no, this person (Lula Lee, according to her profile) had not ripped me off … in fact, I had ripped her off! The original water liveblog had been posted almost one year ago!
Now, to be fair, our approaches to liveblogging water were slightly different. She was taking a look at the particles in her glass of tap water as they settled, while I was more interested in how delicious and refreshing water is. But, in case Lula ever comes across my article in a Google search, let me just say: you win. You were the first. I promise you I didn’t know it at the time, and I in no way meant to piggyback on your wonderful idea. May this post give you traffic behind your wildest dreams, even though you haven’t updated your blog since February.
PS: The Awkward Movie Challenge Week 3 is coming this afternoon! Get ready … this one’s a zarDOOZY!