Today I'm joining my friend Alyson and linking up with her Vent Sesh blog series. Vent sesh doesn't have to be negative, it can be something positive that you want to gush about. I was so excited (and flattered) when Alyson emailed me to join in today. Aren't we all looking for an outlet to get something off our chest sometimes?
On my vent list today: copy-cats. I've seen too many bloggers posting and tweeting about this thorn in the side lately. If you remember, I had my own run-in with a copy-cat last year (as well as some of my closest blogger friends) and she still hasn't gone away. My question is this - what does one get out of copying the ideas and work of someone else? How can you be proud of using something to which you have no personal connection? And I'm not just talking about copying words and images, I'm also talking about copying ideas. If you see something on someone else's blog and write a post with the same format and title, that is copying as well. Give credit where it's due, peeps.
Last night Gaby from The Vault Files tweeted links to two posts that another blogger had blatantly copied from her. Last week Hopsy, who isn't blogging anymore, tweeted that some of her previous material had been jacked. Katie from Let's Be Preppy also tweeted about having 50+ of her posts copied verbatim by a copy cat. How did she find out? The girl emailed her for blogging tips! Copying doesn't draw people to you! And even if it does for a while, it will catch up to you. IFB is helping you out, you don't even have to do your research.
Then I see bloggers I admire and enjoy following making a connection (following on twitter or pinterest or tumblr) with these fakers. Is it my responsibility to contact them and say, "hey, you better watch that one"? Well, admittedly, I've been known to do that. I say, yes, I would want someone to do that for me!
My theory is this - there will always be copy-cats, fakers, people who steal others' ideas, but it's up to the bloggers who love what they do and value originality to stick together and call people out when this happens. Those copied posts Gaby found, they're now removed from the blog. Addressing it does make a difference. There are far more original bloggers out there than fake ones - this community belongs to all of us. It's good karma and just plain nice.
If you made it to the end, bless your heart.