You know I try to keep this a happy & positive place, but something has been bothering me for months now and I really need to say something.
I recently noticed some, what I considered odd, activity on my blog and found a persons blog who’s blog is really nothing more than using other people’s ideas and I mean EXACTLY with no change whatesoever as if they were her own. For a moment I thought she used one of my pictures as her own, the project was so exact. Not only did I see projects that I have done, but I saw projects that I know others have done. Recent projects and older ones. Without even saying…. I was inspired by…., I got the idea from….., nothing. Project after project. No link back, no I saw it on so and so’s blog, not even I saw it on a blog but I don’t know who’s. Nothing. Just post after post of projects as if they were all her own ideas. And from what I could tell she had no original ideas. She does do all the projects, she just never mentions where she gets all her fabulous ideas. And she’s not the only one who does this.
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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing a project you’ve seen on another’s blog and yes more than one person can have a similar idea at the same time. I’m also not saying you have to ask permission to use an idea because that would just be crazy! I also understand not keeping links to everything you’ve ever seen that inspires you. But, when you are systematically going through blogs and using idea after idea without giving credit. Post after post. I have a problem with that. Because that’s obviously your plan of how you are going to operate your blog and that is just… wrong.
I know that people may have time constraints and can’t always take the time to find the link and insert it in a post. But I think everyone would appreciate a mention if not a link back if possible. To me that’s just common courtesy.
I used to think we were all here to inspire and motivate each other. But I’ve noticed that with the advent of the whole “Followers” thing that the atmosphere has changed in the blog world. Are we really so anxious to have the most “Followers” that we’re willing to do anything? Is making money off your blog really that important? Is being a “popular” blog what you really want? Is blogging that important in your life? Should it be that important?
One more thing about “Followers”, why do “Followers” always get extra entries in giveaways? Why aren’t other subscription services included? Why is it only important if I “Follow” and not if I read your blog on Bloglines, Google Reader or get your posts emailed to me? Is it because that’s the number that’s available for the world to see? If you want to reward people that subscribe to your blog shouldn’t it be ALL the people that subscribe? I could do a whole post about the whole “Followers” issue! It took me six months to even put that widget on my blog and I’m seriously considering removing it.
I’m not perfect. I have forgotten where I’ve gotten ideas from or I can’t find the link, don’t have time to look etc. But I don’t do it all the time. I do my best to give credit because I don’t feel it diminishes me as a creative person to be inspired by someone else. I don’t feel like I have to have all the great ideas. Also, I’m happy if you like my blog enough not to want to miss a post and subscribe but I’m not going to be in the depths of despair if you don’t.
Let’s try to be supportive of each other and not be so competitive and everything that goes with that. Be kind, be courteous. Treat others as you would like to be treated in real life and in the blog world.
O.K. glad I got that off my chest! More Christmas decorating photos on Thursday.