, re-write your article/post and have a small mourning moment for the beautiful, personal, well thought out content you originally wrote that no longer belongs to you
This. Get a thesaurus and rewrite all your content. Make it bigger and better than the copy that was stolen from your sites. Let scraper thieves have your 10-year-old castoffs, and watch with delight as your sites ascend the ranks once again. It takes a long time, but it's worth doing even for content that has not been scraped.