I have only been blogging for two years, but I have learned a lot along the way. I certainly have my blogging “heroes” who I look up to and respect and admire. I think we all have people that we see who are doing things that we want to do ourselves. But when flattery turns into copying—well, let’s just say that I am not fond of that.
We all have our “styles” and “voices”. In my quest to be different than your everyday garden variety “mom” and “lifestyle” blogger, I have worked hard to develop my style and the topics and writing that you see on my website. Not to say that I don’t touch on topics and subjects that others do, because when you are blogging about current events and pop culture, things are bound to be discussed in volume. But when I am known to blog about something in a certain way and have been doing so for two years, I expect that you find your own way to do it and not bite my style that I have worked hard to cultivate. In other words, stay in your lane. And I will stay in mine.
Lately, I have had not only to deal with copycats, but other people who have taken my work and copied and pasted it on their site and not given me credit. I certainly do not like that and will call out anyone who does so. Stealing someone else’s work, whether it be photos or words or any other artistic entity is not cool. Be original people!
Some of you may call this a rant, and yes, you may be right. But it’s also a call to action. Protect your voice, your brand, your style at all costs. And work hard to cultivate your craft your way. Do it on your own merit and not on the merit of others. And by no means should you ever steal someone else’s work and use it as your own. These Internet streets are getting gangsta—don’t get embarrassed by being called out for taking someone else’s work.
Don’t bite, don’t copy, and don’t jack. Be the fabulous self that YOU are. There can only be one ME 🙂