Thursday, 10 March 2016

Why Copying Isn't Cool


Every single person will go through life having copied someone (if you say you haven't, you're lying) which is all fine and dandy, it happens. That's life. What's not ok is when it turns into essential stealing someone else's idea, which seems to happen all too often in the blogging world.

I apologise in advance if this post turns into a full blown rant, no offence is intended and I'm not sure exactly where I'm going with this. It isn't directly aimed at anyone, I just thought I would speak up as it's something I have had to deal with this past week.

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
This is true, for the most part. But when it comes to blogging, for me anyway, I find it really frickin' annoying. Sure, people are putting out similar posts all the time which is fine. It's rare that I read an advice or lifestyle post that is 100% original but what is it that makes this ok? The actual content of the blog post is what makes it unique. Readers want to know your thoughts on the topic you're writing about, not someone else's that they've already read. People don't want to read the same things day in, day out.

The second point I want to make is all about giving credit. Of course, I get inspired by so many blogs on a daily basis to the point where I have endless lists of posts that I would like to write and where I got the ideas from. Anyone who produces material online more than likely works hella hard on it so imagine how frustrating it is when you see your post up somewhere else with absolutely no credit given. It could simply be a coincidence but without sounding like a crazy person, you just know. You wouldn't copy a magazine article word for word, so why copy a blog post?

Without trying to sound too strict, copyright is a serious offence and is something not to be taken lightly so if you see a post you like, give the blogger a tweet telling them... Or leave a comment on the post. 

3 Things I Remember Before Writing
  • Always put your own spin on a post, it's what makes you stand out! 
  • Be creative! 
  • Give credit if necessary!
*Drops mic*
Hope you're all having a fab week!

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  1. Agree so much with this post Kat! If I ever take inspiration I make sure to direct my readers to the original post that I enjoyed reading - I get so paranoid about it all, would hate to be a copycat! Hope everything got sorted out with your copying situation X

    Em || asmalldistraction.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much lovely. I always get super paranoid too but I think as long as the actual content is different, it's all good! x

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  2. This is all so true. An old supply teacher in high school used to always say 'copy all you want... just remember to make it better' and I think that's exactly what you're saying. Getting ideas off people is fine, that's what life is, but make it your own!

    x
    www.siobhanrothwell.com

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    1. That's such a good saying, I agree 100%! x

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  3. This is so so so true! It's horrible how people can copy someones effort and hard work word for word! Taking inspiration and ideas from someone's else's post is absolutely fine, but it's important to have your own spin on things and make it unique to you!xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It really is. Like sometimes, you just know it isn't a coincidence when it's exactly how you've worded something! x

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  4. This is all so true! Loved this post, keep up the good work hun x

    <3: Jasmin N | littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

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  5. YES QUEEN

    Isabelle | www.isabellekategm.co.uk x

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  6. You are completely right. It sucks that you've had to deal with it this week. x

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    1. Trying to see the positive in the situation, at least I got to write a post that will hopefully help people haha! x

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  7. I loved this I once had someone that copied pretty much my whole lay out, posted the same time and day as me and copied my weekly post that I do every Sunday. It really disheartened me as I work so hard on my blog and put 100% effort in. I love the print in your picture tho xx

    http://www.dotdanielle.com

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    1. Omg no way! That's so cheeky!! It's horrible seeing your hard work just being taken, especially if they get compliments on it too, so frustrating. The print is from Jemma over at dorkface.co.uk's shop! x

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  8. Totally agree with you!! I see this all too often in the blogging world!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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  9. I can't believe people actually copy blog posts, the whole point of it is to be original! I guess there's only so many ways you can photograph a stack of books or a lipstick but writing should be the main focus! x

    Natasha Kendall

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    1. I can't either, it's ridiculous! Totally agree about the photography but everyone has their own writing style. x

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  10. Yes so true! When I was younger, a girl always copied me! It's extremely annoying! Love your mini rant xxx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Omg honestly, isn't it just so frustrating haha?! xxx

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  11. I agree SO MUCH WITH THIS!!! It can be so frustrating when you put so much time and effort into a post and you see someone just copies it with NO credit to you whatsoever.. there is NOTHING wrong with being inspired and letting someone know you have.. but copying outright is just WRONG!

    Saira
    www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
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    1. For sure, everyone gets inspired ALL the time, particularly when it comes to blogging but at least 99% of people give credit! x

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  12. Yes to this, it's so true! I really don't see the point in copying someone elses posts - blogging to me is all about sharing your own thoughts, embracing your individuality & expressing your own creativity :) x

    Sara / AboutLittleThiings

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    1. I don't see the point either, why would you want to write something that doesn't even stem from your thoughts? Very strange! x

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  13. I think you could use the same title of a blog post and the same points/ sub headers if it's a advice post but what makes it different is you and your writing style! Every one has a different voice and a different perspective on a topic! What's the point in just copying exactly what others say? You have a platform to be utilised so why don't people so it! Sorry if this turned in to a rant x


    Thrifty vintage fashion

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    1. I totally agree and love this comment haha! You get me girl x

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  14. I died laughing at drops mic. I'm so sorry this happened to you, this post it brilliant!

    Hannah xx

    http://thatthoughtfulgirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Couldn't agree more! We spend a long time on our blogs, they are a reflection of us so when someone pinches your idea it's so annoying! I'm experiencing this right now and I'm so so angry. I don't really know how to deal with it without sounding like a paranoid weirdo!

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  16. Mic drop had me in stitches! :') Loved this post and agree with everything you said x

    Darling Jordan

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  17. Couldn't agree more, I hate it too and have it happen to me so many times, I always credit people with things even if someone has told me about a product or something I will say suchabody told me etc etc but it doesn't seem to be something many people do, only this week I have told someone about something to do with blogging and it's been mentioned in a post without any mention of me and now they are taking all the credit, it's so annoying, great post xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

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    1. It's so disheartening and I'm sorry it's happened to you! I do the same when it comes to crediting, if anything, I love giving people credit? Like if someone recommends a product, I WANT to tell people who showed it to me you know! xx

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  18. This is so important! Having your content stolen is not a compliment, it's just shitty. I get that people are constantly inspired by each other (sometimes subconsciously), but I don't think most people intentionally copy other people - there's just some topics that's always interesting, where people independently can come up with very similar posts :)

    xx Anne / Annesmiles

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  19. Absolutely!! I always try to credit back to the source or link back to the post that inspired me!! =)

    Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

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  20. This is something every blogger should read. Lots of bloggers inspire me to write certain types of post. When someone comes up with a new concept, I personally ask them if it's okay for me to do something similar before I even think of writing the post. Only if they're okay with it, I go ahead and publish a post in which I give credit. And of course I give them a shout-out on Twitter. Seems fair after all :)

    x Envy
    Lost in Translation

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  21. Couldn't agree more, people follow a blog to see you not a cheap imitation of someone else. Of course you will feel inspired by other people but always give credit and be unique.

    Emma Inks

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  22. I love rants. I love finding out what people have to say, and it was interesting to see what you had to say about this.

    And I agree with what you said, there's a difference between being inspired and actually copying and sometimes people just don't realise it.

    Rabiah
    Amour Vita

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  23. I love rants. I love finding out what people have to say, and it was interesting to see what you had to say about this.

    And I agree with what you said, there's a difference between being inspired and actually copying and sometimes people just don't realise it.

    Rabiah
    Amour Vita

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  24. I'm glad you wrote about this, I thought I was overreacting about being copied but I'm glad people feel the same! It's so important to credit people for their work. The person who copies me hasn't blogged in a while so I can only assume she's waiting for something she can copy ;)

    Emmie
    www.carpediememmie.co.uk

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  25. Hi, such a true post. Been having the same thoughts recently as I'm getting sick of being copied with the brands I work with and ideas being pinched. If you write a blog, it should you're own ideas & it's a bummer when you're hard work just gets copied
    Heidi x

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