Right, so I do keep two other blogs with the idea of making money from them. One day. (I really should get on the one of them). I have them through wordpress, which has this handy little feature that lets me know when a different site links to mine. I can then troop over to the site and check it out.
Most of the other sites are spammy, linking to mine with a bunch of other with no regards to targeted keywords or content, but when I checked out one today I found out that the article containing the link actually contained my copy aka writing.
At first I was like, is this for real?, but it was so obviously out of place. The article was about knee injuries, and linked to a post I wrote about common sports injuries that can be used to add tension to stories. None of the medical stuff I wrote was copy/pasted, just the situation I had set up for fictional characters.
I mean, I'm honored/pleased a bit that someone liked what I wrote enough to use it and link to it, but at the same time that's my work.
So I wrote the site admin an e-mail and he got back to me within hours saying they were looking into it. I was pretty impressed by the response time. (When I get unpleasant e-mails, I tend to let them stew cuz I don't want to deal with the contents. I'm so bad.)
Mostly though I just think I'm surprised. I know stuff like this happens, it's one of the reasons why I'm hesitant to post any part of my stories online. But I never expected it to happen to me. But then again, who does?