|Posted on August 5, 2018 at 3:05 AM|
When my website (this one you're on) debuted in 2011, I was both ecstatic and anxious because there were no other websites on consciousness out there.
A lot of blogs were focused on self-help, lifestyle, food, inspiration, crafts, astrology, and more. But I hadn’t found a spiritual website on consciousness, so who knew what would come of this idea. No guarantees, but hey, give it a shot. Within months, people found the website, signed up for emails, joined the membership area (now closed), enrolled in astrology classes, and asked for personal sessions. All great feedback! Good to see that this content was useful and connecting with people.
Yet as my website grew in homepage views and blog sharing, I started to be targeted by someone with a bigger following who duplicated what I offered. It could only loosely be called “plagiarism” (in legal terms) yet it was all too close for comfort to me.
It smelled wrong.
I had never followed her, or even knew what she was doing; I never read her books or even visited her website. I wasn’t interested in her work because I had been there-done that years ago. In other words, she was never on my radar, but somehow I ended up on hers. I found out about it through other people. I paid it very little attention and stayed focused on what I could create, offer, and share in the world, including publishing my first book.
Then a trend started to emerge that would last for six years.