Friend Friday: Blogger Copying

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1. What are the ‘unwritten rules’ about copying content that we bloggers should all abide by?

***Don’t pass off others work as your own***
***Correctly cite the source and link back to them as necessary***
***It wouldn’t hurt to drop them an email as well if you want to be extra courteous***
2. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. But when is a post imitation and when is it copying?
My outfit post yesterday dealt with imitation being the highest form of flatter. Blogging shouldn’t be about constant imitation. I blog because I want others to see my individual style and creativity. It should be about what you have to offer not what you saw other blogger’s doing and then copying it. Everyone works hard to make their blog different and stand out so it would kinda suck to see a copy-cat “jacking your swag”, lol.
Of course when something is trend you are going to see it constantly. I will admit to seeing a blogger wear something and say “I have to have that!” Of course if I did decide to copy their exact outfit and post it I would link back to them saying I was inspired by their style.


3. Taking another blogger’s idea (perhaps for an outfit, or DIY tutorial) is pretty common in the blogging world. Do you think it is necessary to credit the original source?

Hmmm…it depends if they were the originator of the idea..i.e. I just saw a post that “L” from Avid Accents did on a fab DIY turtleneck embellishment that I know I am going to try and re-create. I absolutely would give her full credit for the idea and link back to her original post. As far as I know this is her own design that she shared with everyone else. It would only be proper for me to give her the credit she is due.

4. How have you improved your blog by comparing it to other blogs? Have you made changes due to something you have seen others doing?
Of course, being a new blogger I tried to find my footing and looked to older more mature blogs for direction. I figured out quickly that I needed to have high quality pictures, not too many pictures of the same outfit, keep my blog design simple but easy to navigate…these are all things I learned from browsing some of my favorite blogs. I know as I veiw more blogs I will come across other ideas I can use to improve my blog. As I network I’m sure I will learn more as well.

5. Have you ever had one of your posts copied by another blogger or publication? How did you handle the situation?
As far as I know this has not happened to me. I hope it doesn’t, especially if it was used in a negative manner. If I was made aware of the situation I would email them and ask them to correctly cite the information or remove it. In a situation like this you can’t control another person’s actions all you can do is be an adult about it and remember situations like this come with the territory good or bad its apart of the blogging world.

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