Adapting a Recipe and Blog Etiquette
Recently, I’ve had to deal with a few weird episodes related to blog etiquette and recipe adaptation.
First – Translating my recipes and selling them yourself.
Last month one of my followers sent me a link to an online cake decorating shop. It had an Asian Language and the only thing I could see was the link to my blog.
The lady who sent me the link said that my recipes and some tutorials from my online shop and blog were translated into a different language and sold by the site.
So we contacted the owner and she had paid someone to translate the documents for her.
According to the owner she took the trouble to translate my recipes so she expects to get paid for it. And since she added a link to my blog – she had given me credit for my work.
So after much chat back and forth – thanks to my lovely fan who really really helped here. The only thing that got thru was the threat of a legal suit by international court.
Finally she removed what was mine on her online shop – and still thinks that It was unfair to her since she gave me credit.
Second – Sharing my recipes among friends.
Yes! this is happening and I am quite aware of it. A lovely group of ladies, each buys one recipe for themselves, then they exchange the recipe with each other so they have four while they paid for one. One was so bold as to share it on a private group for the rest to download.
There is nothing I can do about it but my question to you is – Do you think this is fair? I have a good number of free and paid recipes so that those that do not want to buy will still have some of my recipes for free and yet….. ah well, you decide if it’s right!
Third – Adapting my recipes
Often you get people adapting someone else recipes and creating a new recipe on their blog.
Recently , I’ve had a few that barely change anything in my recipe just so they can create a blog post on their blog and share a recipe.
For example – one change my chocolate cake recipe by reducing the water by two tablespoons.
Another changed my recipe by reducing the sugar from 1/2 cup to 1/4 cup.
Is that really adapting the recipe?
Forth – Re-writing my recipes on your blog with a tiny credit to my name.
Here’s another blog that has a few of my recipes, quite a few. She write the whole recipe and blabbers on and on about how she loves it. The recipe is all mine with nothing changed.
At the bottom of the post she has a tiny little credit to me. Original recipe by Veena’s Art of Cakes. (no link ) what does original recipe mean? The recipe is the same? Not even adapted!!
Etiquette is the question here – Blogging Etiquette and Personal Etiquette.
- If you buy a recipe and paid for it – you paid for using my recipe not for sharing my recipe.
- I know we all want to write blogs and it’s the best way to get out there. But ask youself – is re-writing someone else’s blog really the right way to go about it. Are you crediting or stealing?
- If you quote someone or use their recipe – you need to link! and don’t do that with a fine print hoping people will not see it. Do it pride and do it willingly or don’t use their work.
- Don’t re-post someone’s work without permission ! – Always ask the person – it’s simple.
Hi Veena, I used your recipe, I loved it so much I wanna blog about it on my blog. Would it be ok with you. I will definitely credit and link to you blog. Thank you.
- When you Adapt a recipe – either tell people what the original recipe was and why you chose adapt it or link to the recipe so people can see what the original recipe is.
- When you Adapt a recipe make sure you really adapt the recipe. Changing a amount of water by two tablespoon is not adapting the recipe.
It’s re-writing someone’s recipe as your own – I’m sorry.
So, long story shot. Ask yourself – what is the right way to do things? And if you do not know.. there are plenty of blogs out there at speak on the do’s and don’ts of blogging. And on Blogging Etiquette.
Thank you so much for reading