I was doing some Google research this morning trying to find information about a château that is not far south of where we live. You can see it from the road, but it's privately owned and not open to the public.
One of the Google search results turned up a blog post with a picture of the château in it. I scrolled through it and paused on a couple of the other photos in it. Those look familiar, I thought. And then there was a photo that I knew was mine. This was not a blog I'd ever seen before.
It turned out that somebody named Scott S. had republished one my my blog posts and all the pictures. It was not attributed to me at all. Here's a link. And here's a link to my post, the one he lifted. The funny thing is that his post containing my text and photos is back-dated to 2006. My original was posted in January 2008. So far, I haven't found any more of my posts on Scott's blog, but he seems to have lifted posts from other blogs as well.
I think I might know who is he is, actually. He lives in North Carolina and used to write a food blog. We were in touch for a while. Then he and his blog disappeared. Scott in Durham, if it's you, can you leave me a comment or send an e-mail? And maybe give me a credit for the post of mine you re-published?
At any rate, I didn't find much information about the château, pictures of which decorate this post. It's called the Château de l'Estang. It dates from the 15th and 16th centuries and it's near the village of Orbigny (pop. 750), on the far eastern edge of the old Touraine province, 10 miles south of Saint-Aignan. There's nothing much else in that area. It's just a fine château sitting out in the middle of the country. People live in it, I think.
I wish the owners would open up places like this to the public once in a while. The same applies to the Château de Saint-Aignan, which is also privately owned and never open for public tours of any kind. It's a shame.
The more I look at Scott S.'s blog, the more I think it might have been a test site to see how well posts from other blogs would be imported. I don't know. And by the way, all the photos in this post date from January 10, 2006. Be assured that now in January 2010, the Château de l'Estang is still there.