© Michael I. Smith, 2014
This is the first post at Forest Army for 2014 and it seems that perhaps it is time to undertake some administrative housekeeping. Frequent visitors here will know that I maintain a separate – more active – Civilian Conservation Corps blog at the Civilian Conservation Corps Resource Page. Eventually, I may phase out posts here at Forest Army and hopefully migrate content that is currently here, over to the CCC Resource Page but in the meantime, visitors can jump between the two blogs by clicking the image under the phrase “Please visit my other CCC blog” which appears along the left hand side of the blog page here. I hope that visitors will find ample reason to jump between the two in search of new, interesting CCC material but my hope is that you won’t find the jumping between blogs to be too bothersome.
Recently, while doing a Google search for material related to the Civilian Conservation Corps, an image from this blog appeared with the related Google images. Problem was, when I checked the source of the image, the link took me to a different blog with a very similar name. More shocking still, that blog is an exact copy of the Forest Army blog you are viewing here, except the posts are listed as having been posted by a “Walters Louann”. Fortunately, the copyright line I put at the end of my articles does appear on the mirror site but it’s disconcerting to see your work posted verbatim on another blog. I sent an email to the Google Blogger folks but, perhaps not surprisingly, there was no response. I suspect the site that is mirroring my blog is coming from overseas; perhaps Asia.
I’m not relaying this bit of information because I think you should go over and view the blog that is basically an exact copy of my Forest Army blog, not even out of basic curiosity. On the contrary, I think you should avoid going to that blog because I don’t have any idea what sort of spam or malware might be attached to the links they are using. Going forward, you will likely see my copyright information more prominently posted here at Forest Army and at the CCC Resource Page. I research and write about the CCC in order to share information and I’m pleased when visitors comment that my site is helpful or interesting and I generally agree to any requests to use information or link to my page, but obviously, finding a pirate blog that purports to be Forest Army is frustrating and I will do what I can to make certain that my own research and writing is recognized, for better or worse.
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© Michael I. Smith, 2014