Recipe for Disaster

Have you ever stumbled across something like this on Facebook?


Recipe for Disaster

Sure you have.  People all over Facebook are liking and sharing these recipe status updates so they can “find them on their wall”.

What many people don’t understand is that these types of status updates are stealing.

When you like and share a stolen recipe you are taking money out of someone’s pocket.  Bloggers make money from the traffic to their blog.  Also, recipe photos are copyrighted property and should never be copied without the owner’s permission.

But Why Would Anyone Steal Recipes?

  1. Likefarming.  In likefarming scams, the more people that like a spammy recipe post, the more likes the likefarmer gets on their Facebook page.  According to this Facebook Scam Alert on Yahoo News:

    When the page gets enough fans (a hundred thousand or more)the owner might start placing ads on the page. Those ads show up in your news feed. They could be links to an app, a game, or a service they want you to buy. It could be a “recommendation” for a product on Amazon where the page owner gets a commission for every purchase made through the link. Or more nefariously, the page owner could be paid to spread malware by linking out to sites that install viruses on your computer for the purposes of identity theft. Bottom line: access to your news feed is lucrative.

  2. Trying to drive traffic to their own blog.  I have seen people start a blog built exclusively on stolen recipes.  Seriously.  You could even see the watermark from the originating blogs on the stolen photos.
  3. Ignorance.  Although this is the least likely reason, I know there are people out there who ignorantly copy recipes and repost them.

I am begging you NOT to like or share this type of status update.  Here are some tips on how to distinguish between a good recipe share and a scammy status update:

  • A good share stands on its own.  The owner does not have to beg you to “like” or “share”  A bad status update will have the phrase “share on your wall so you can find it later”
  • A good share does not contain the entire text of a recipe.  This is because the blogger or person who originally published the recipe wants you to read it on their website, not in a status update.  A bad status update will not only have the full text of a recipe, but will also link you to the spammer’s own website where they want you to sign up for a new diet plan or the like.
  • A good share, if it includes the original photo of the recipe, links back to the website it came from.  A bad status update will copy and paste the photo and there will be no link back to the originating website.

 And that’s my rant for the week.  Thank you for listening.

If the stolen recipe in the graphic above sounds appealing, you can check out the original recipe at The Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife.

Give Me Reason Book Review

Give Me Reason Book Review

Give Me Reason

Zoey Derrick


Contemporary Fantasy

September 2013

111 pages

About the Book:

Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn’t traumatic enough, she’s escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.

Give Me Reason Book Review
Along comes Mikah Blake, a handsome stranger who quickly takes an unexpected and persistent interest in her. On the surface, “Mr. Suit” seems to be Vivienne’s opposite: rich, well-fed, successful. As Vivienne will learn, Mikah is more than he seems, and for reasons unknown, he’s determined to be her knight in shining armor. But after having finally found her own two feet after years of abuse, it’s difficult for her to accept Mikah’s help.

Will her body’s unexpected response to Mikah’s touch be reason enough to overcome her pride and traumatic past and learn to love and trust? Or will her past, refusing to be left behind, come back to claim her?

My Review:

From the first page of Give Me Reason (The Reason Series) I was intrigued by the character of Mikah. He is handsome, wealthy, tender and mysterious.  All the best qualities in a leading man!!

Vivienne seems so fragile at the beginning of the story, yet she doesn’t want to trust Mikah when he first tries to be nice to her.  She has always taken care of herself and Mikah is so nice so fast that I don’t blame her for being more than a little suspicious.

The more you learn about Vivienne the more you see how much she needs a knight in shining armor, if she will only accept him.  The more you learn about Mikah the more mysterious he becomes.  What exactly is his job and why is he so interested in Vivienne?

Give Me Reason ends way too soon, in a cliffhanger.  I was cursing the ending when I got there.  I couldn’t believe I was going to have to wait who knows how long for Book 2.  Fortunately, I just found out that Book 2, Give Me Hope will be released November 19, 2013, so not that long to wait!!

I give Give Me Reason 4 1/2 stars.  It’s a little too short and a bit uneven in spots, but overall fast, fun, super romantic read!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review through Innovative Online Book ‘Tours.  All opinions are 100% my own.

About the Author:

Give Me Reason Book Review

It is from Glendale, Arizona that Zoey Derrick, a mortgage underwriter by day and romance and erotica novelist by night, writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips

off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

 Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.  

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.

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