Remember the other day when we had this discussion about the level of competition I was running into, and the level of hostility that I wasn't understanding? Right now, all of a sudden, I understand it, and I feel it, and thank you god that I can't hack anything or I truly believe that I'd be hacking someone's server to shreds and making the recent EZBoard thing look like kid's stuff!!! I am SO FREAKING MAD right now - I cannot even begin to describe HOW mad!
When I first really got serious about building Poetic Acceptance for grieving parents, I took a wide sweep across the internet to get an idea of what other sites had that I should include or what they had that didn't seem all that helpful - or to see what they DIDN'T have that I should add to mine... an idea gathering mission.
So anyway, there's one, well, two actually - run by husband and wife, each site from the perspective of the opposite gender. I thought this was really a great idea, there are just as many men who've lost kids as there are women, but far less available help for them, so the male point of view thing was a great idea.
Anyway, I'm babbling cuz I'm pissed off. These 2 sites have been around for years, I liked them, I contacted the woman, told her I thought it was a cool thing. She emails me back, asks for poetry, asks if I want to trade links, then never adds my link, or my poetry, and suddenly stops replying to my email. Well, whatever, you know? But tonight I go back to these two sites and one is under construction... being changed over to the format, exactly, as mine! Different colors, but EXACTLY the same boxes and tables and layout. I'm SO FUCKING MAD! I busted ass for 2 weeks getting the site together, and he just swipes my damn code and runs with it.
Now, if I find my god-blessed poems there without a credit, god help them! Until then, I will try to cram the whole "imitation is the highest form of flattery" (or however it goes because I can't think right now) cliche down my own throat and shut up.
But Oh My GOD I'm am so mad!