Ethics. When I think of this word I think of "Integrity"-doing the right thing even when no one's looking. Or in this case even if you may never get caught or no one'll call you out on it. If it feels wrong, nine times out of ten it probably is.
My recommendation to new bloggers is always make it your own, even if guidance is given, and you'll never go wrong. There's a lot of meme's and mass blog events that help with step by step set up. #1. DON'T take the cookie cutter shortcut & #2. always give props to the originator.
The closest I've come to this infraction is copying the instructions to an event and simply filling in the blanks. It was my cookie cutter way out. When a follower mentioned that many of the host layouts looked similar, red flags were raised in my mind. While the instructions were clear, no one said I could't personalize. Not considering this was an amateur mistake. Even if everyone across the tour was given the same HTML, I vowed always to "make it my own". Because otherwise what distinguishes my blog from the next that's also promoting a particular event!
Thankfully my actions didn't cause any hurt feeling or mass hysteria. Plagiarism is when you do not have permission, but copying in any shape or form is noticeable and very often frowned upon.
I read historical non-fiction, but I do not review it. Fiction is objective. Oftentimes with non-fiction it's hard cold facts and what is there to debate?
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. Tweet Me or Friend me on Goodreads.