I’ve always thought that blogging is my sweet escapism from the reality, not that what I picture on my blog is any less real, mind you. Whenever I’m feeling shitty, I know I can always depend on reading upon hundreds of blogs that I encounter daily to make me feel better.
But this time around, blogging makes me feel nothing but shitty.
I was not in my blogging game last week and I was only able to have posts up because I had them scheduled the week before. I’m not in the mood to publish anything despite having so many ideas up in my mind because of this one reason.
I feel disheartened by bloggers who are copying other bloggers.
I know for a fact that nothing in the blogging community is original anymore but at least make yours genuine without copying some other bloggers and thinking that it’s okay to do so.
You know what? It’s not okay. I’m not talking about blog post ideas ’cause God knows how many people have done a what’s in my bag post — I’m talking about everything else.
As a blogger myself, I notice when people copy me, specifically, my blog. My design, my ideas, everything — I know.
I know when people are inspired by my blog or when they just straight up copy my ideas and it’s annoying.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it and says “oh, it’s fine” because it’s not fine.
How would you like if an idea you think of yourself and you put it on your blog and another blogger just goes ahead and copies it and makes a post about it a few days after without crediting you while taking all the credit when another clueless blogger comments “wow the idea is so good thank you you inspired me.”
IT’S NOT BLOODY OKAY. I am annoyed.
As you all know, I published a lot of resources that I use for my blog to share with others. I know that I was the only one in my area/blogging community who has ever published that specific resources.
And then I found a blog who copied my resources and posted it on his/her blog without crediting where he/she found it. What the bloody fuck.
I spent legit 12 hours finding resources for my blog and I tested and tried them before I featured them on my blog just to have another bloody blogger featured it on his/hers by copying my post.
To say I’m annoyed is an understatement. It’s come to the point where I don’t visit their blog anymore because I don’t visit blogs I hate.
And that’s just one case. I have tons that I keep and I just can’t hold it any longer.
FIND YOUR OWN BLOODY IDEAS.
FIND YOUR OWN BLOODY RESOURCES. Don’t copy other people’s resources and make it like it’s yours.
I’m very attentive to details and I will know. I will find out especially if the idea is exclusive.
I’m not only talking about resources — I’m talking about e v e r y t h i n g that you see on my blog.
I have talked about it with other bloggers and they have their fair share of stories of bloggers copying them as well and we do have a few copycat bloggers in common.
We might look like we don’t mind, but actually, we give a lot of fuck about it.
I love inspiring people but I do not appreciate being copied at all. My mom listens to my rant everytime I spot a copycat and she always tells me,
“you should be proud that someone is copying you, that means what you’re putting up online is great and they wanna do it too”
But enough is enough. There’s a fine line in between and this time they’ve crossed it.
From the 6 Tell Tale Signs of a Copy Cat Bloggers by famousbloggers.net, it says;
You are running around copying other people’s content thinking that it is going to make you millions of dollars. Even worse, you have not purchased your own Web hosting and are running on free blogs. I am not saying that free blogs are bad but it is sad that you are stealing content from other people that have actually taken the effort to pay for and set up a blogging business.
This is just bad karma, or whatever you like to call it.
Thank god I haven’t found anyone who copied and pasted my post contents to their blogs – God knows what I’d be willing to do to confront them.
So that’s all for my rant today. I’m honestly not in the mood to blog or reply to comments ’cause of this so I’ll be back with loads of new contents after I’m done weeping and drinking a few cup of tea while telling myself “it’s okay Erin, you do you, just be you.”
Thank you all for reading, I hope you lot have a lovely week ahead. x