Saturday, March 23, 2013
Today is a sad, sad, sad day for us here at Family Fun Friday. It has been brought to our attention that another blog has been taking our ideas and posting them as their own. Using our work, word for word; pictures, signatures and all. It is a disturbing discovery to find that since November 2011, someone has been shadowing and duplicating our every move.
Four years ago, when we started Family Fun Friday, we wanted to share some of our family activities and ideas. Our main reason we started our blog all those years ago was to inspire families to have more time together and give them ideas of things to do together through posting things we had done that we thought brought our little families a little closer to one another. It was a project that we put our whole heart and soul into. Coming up with new, creative, fun ideas is not always an easy task. We put a lot of time and effort and our own money into coming up with new, fresh ideas to share with you, our friends. In the end, it has always been worth it. We have always felt flattered and over joyed when we see our ideas linked up and posted on other blog. People have always been respectful and given us credit for the time and effort we put into our activities. To us, it is the greatest form of flattery. Nothing makes our work seem more meaningful than hearing you like our ideas enough to try them and post about them. We love it!
However, it was a devastating blow to see all our hard work posted on another blog in a way that made them appear to belong to that blog. We have never felt so violated. Words cannot express how unsettling it was for us to find pictures of ourselves, our children and our homes on a complete stranger's website. Pictures that we had posted on our site, stolen and misused, without permission. Violating our personal property and infringing upon our copyright. The way this blog owner had taken our post...it makes us all feel sick and deeply hurt. It is shameful!
What this person did is wrong. Plagiarism is never okay. As a result, we here at Family Fun Friday are taking our site down. It breaks our hearts to see years of hard work and dedication wasted. We have tried and exhausted all other avenues to take down this fraudulent site, with no luck. It's unfortunate that it has come down to this, but we see no other way. It makes no sense to feed brilliance and creativity to someone who wants to steal it for their own gain.
We want to thank all of our lovely supporters who have made Family Fun Friday something to be proud of. We have loved hearing from you and seeing the exciting things you were doing to bring your families closer together; how you had incorporated elements of fun you'd seen on our blog into an activity you planned. We have loved every minute of this adventure with you! Thank you all for making Family Fun Friday so fulfilling and worthwhile. Thank you for all the love and support you have given to us over the years. It has been a pleasure! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We love you!
The Family Fun Friday Ladies