Ok so I’ve seen quite a bit going around the bloggosphere at the moment about originality and what it means to be truly original in what we do. I wasn’t going to comment as this is something I feel quite strongly about, but then today I saw something that made me angry and I decided that it was finally time for me to weigh in with my opinion because why the hell not?
So there’s this blogger. And they copy a LOT of my content. And I mean a lot to the point where I post something and a few days later I see it regurgitated on their blog. And it wouldn’t bother me, it really wouldn’t, only they’ve actually got a lot further than I have in terms of blog success. Kudos to them, success is great and I’m happy they’re happy and they’re doing well but I strongly wish that it wasn’t at the expense of my ideas and my content. I won’t be naming names or anything because I’m not about public arguments and shaming, but basically it’s put me in a very negative space about my own blog and content. Last year was a crappy year for me by all standards and my blog suffered hugely, but this happening to top it off just makes me hate and resent this little space I’ve created for myself.
Taking inspiration from what others do and post is only natural. It may be from other bloggers, something you see on TV, in a magazine or even something you see on the catwalk – it’s a natural part of the creative process and I think with fashion blogging especially it’s difficult to have completely original content because at the end of the day unless you’ve made your entire outfit from scratch by yourself chances are somewhere down the line someone else will have worn the same or a very similar outfit combination and blogged about it. But I do think that in every aspect you should always take that inspiration and make it your own – how you do this is up to you, but always put your own spin on things.
Surely the satisfaction of knowing you’ve got the success from doing something that is wholly your own is better than knowing deep down that what you’ve done might be great, but also rings similar to something another blogger did just last week?
Food for thought there for you – and on that note my actual food is ready too so y’know, timing and all that.
Disclaimer: none of this is intended to be targeting anyone or throwing shade or being a bitch or horrible or anything else and I wish every blogger nothing but happiness and success because hell what kind of person would I be if I didn’t?! I don’t want to come across as malicious or mean. I just wanted to comment on something that has affected me quite a lot recently.