In my mind there’s an imaginary island. An island that once you get to, you can’t come back. It’s called the Island of Assholes, and it’s where I banish people who have caused me grief, or irritated me in some way. Their punishment is to spend the rest of their lives surrounded by people as dumb as they are. It makes me feel better, although sometimes I get so wrapped up in my imagination that when I see people I’ve recently banned, I wonder how the hell they got off of the island. Then reality hits, and I realize that there is no island and I’m stuck coexisting with these assholes forever, which is fine since I suppose I can be an asshole myself sometimes.
For my second official banishing, I banish those who steal other people’s original ideas. Please don’t get me wrong, imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, and I truly don’t mind (I even appreciate) people taking an idea of mine and running with it. But how about a little credit? Maybe a small shout out that the idea came from me? A small link to my blog to give credit where credit is due? What do you think I just wake up funny? It takes a lot of wine, and a very twisted, creative mind to turn normal, boring, everyday life into a form of humor good enough to make people laugh or smile. I work hard to entertain and bring laughter into the lives of the people who I interact with. I do it because laughter is good for the soul, and if I can contribute something positive to the lives of others, it gives me a sense of purpose. (And if I’m being honest, sometimes I do it because I’ve cracked myself up and I’m trying to show off.) Maybe it was just a coincidence? I acknowledge it’s possible that you just happen to be a follower of mine, and you just happened to use the same idea two weeks after mine, and maybe just happened to use the same format that I used. Maybe you meant to mention that it was one of my (extremely rare) brilliant idea’s that you enjoyed and made your own, but you just forgot? I was very proud of my post The Best Of Search Engine Terms, and anyone who wants to do it is more than welcome to it. I’m sure someone somewhere has done it before. But it’s original to me as I had never seen it done, so either change-up the format, wait longer than two weeks to steal the idea, or take five seconds and mention my name next time.
If it was unintentional, then I’ll head on over to the island myself. If it was intentional, then I herby officially banish you to the island!