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Inspiration vs Imitation

There is a fine line between being inspired and copying. As a blogger, it’s highly important that you know the difference between those two things. As you most probably have heard, imitation is the greatest form of flattery but where do you draw the line?

Most people think that copying or stealing someone’s content is by copying and pasting someone’s content word for word (which is definitely wrong) but in my opinion, there are other instances that can be considered imitation.

Obviously what I consider wrong, might not be wrong for others or might not view it as anything bad which is completely understandable.

Il y a une ligne de démarcation entre être inspiré et copier. En tant que blogueur, il est extrêmement important que vous connaissiez la différence entre ces deux choses. Comme vous l’avez probablement entendu dire, l’imitation est la plus grande forme de flatterie, mais où tracez-vous la ligne?

La plupart des gens pensent que copier ou voler le contenu de quelqu’un se fait en copiant-collant mot pour mot le contenu de quelqu’un (ce qui est tout à fait mauvais), mais à mon avis, il y a d’autres cas qui peuvent aussi être considérés comme de l’imitation.

De toute évidence, ce que je considère comme étant mauvais, peut ne pas l’être pour les autres ou ne pas le considérer comme un acte négatif, ce qui est parfaitement compréhensible.

Related: My Blogging Regrets & Mistakes

 

CONTENT

I think that you cannot pinpoint or target someone saying that they copied your content when there are hundreds, if not thousands of blog posts with the same title or topic. For example, there are thousands of beauty blogs and I’m pretty sure all those blogs have a number of blog posts in common, whether they have published them the same week, month or year – it doesn’t mean that one of them copied the other. Sometimes great minds think alike!

However, I do think there is a difference between inspiration and straight up stealing someone’s idea. If you came across someone’s unique and creative blog post and you decide to write the same blog post then I’m sorry to tell you, you are copying someone’s content.

If you decide to switch your niche or incorporate other topics because you see a blogger being successful in that niche, I don’t consider it as stealing someone’s content because you have to right to write about whatever you want on your blog. But, if you check that blog in order to write your blog posts then you are imitating someone’s content.

One of the worst feelings for a blogger is when you put your heart and soul into a blog post and people don’t even read or notice it, which I’ve been there so I completely know how that feels. You might think by copying another blogger’s popular/successful content, you would get people to notice your blog but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.

Even if you think it works at the beginning, trust me – people will notice where your original source is coming from and it will make people question your integrity and honesty as a blogger. Even if you don’t notice a difference at first, follow your heart and keep working hard on your blog – slowly but surely you will see your hard work paying off!

Je pense que vous ne pouvez pas cibler quelqu’un en disant qu’il a copié votre contenu lorsqu’il y a des centaines, voire des milliers de billets de blog portant le même titre ou le même sujet. Par exemple, il existe des milliers de blogs de beauté et je suis presque sûr que tous ces blogs ont un certain nombre d’articles en commun, qu’ils aient publié le même article la même semaine, le même mois ou la même année – cela ne signifie pas qu’un d’entre eux a copié l’autre.

Cependant, je pense qu’il y a une différence entre l’inspiration et voler l’idée de quelqu’un. Si vous rencontrez un article de blog unique et créatif et que vous décidez d’écrire le même article, je suis désolé de vous dire que vous copiez le contenu de quelqu’un.

Si vous décidez de changer de niche ou d’incorporer d’autres sujets parce que vous voyez qu’un blogueur réussit dans ce créneau, je ne le considère pas comme un vol de contenu, car vous avez le droit d’écrire sur tout ce que vous voulez sur votre blog. Mais si vous consultez ce blog pour écrire vos articles, vous imitez le contenu de quelqu’un.

Un des pires sentiments pour un blogueur, c’est de mettre son cœur et son âme dans un article de blog et que les gens ne le lisent ni ne le remarquent pas, ce que j’ai vecu, alors je sais parfaitement ce que ça fait. Vous pourriez penser qu’en copiant le contenu populaire/réussi d’un autre blogueur, vous inciteriez les gens à remarquer votre blog, mais malheureusement, cela ne fonctionne pas ainsi.

Croyez-moi, même si vous pensez que cela fonctionne au début, les gens remarqueront d’où vient votre source originale et cela mettra en doute sur votre intégrité et votre honnêteté en tant que blogueur. Même si vous ne remarquez pas de différence au début, suivez votre cœur et continuez à travailler dur sur votre blog – lentement mais sûrement, vous verrez que votre travail acharné porte ses fruits!

 

Inspiration:

  • incorporating a niche/topic
  • getting inspired to write about certain topics

 

Imitation:

  • copying someone’s idea
  • checking another blog to write blog posts
  • imitating someone’s blog post

 

BRANDING

Another thing I don’t see people talk that often is bloggers imitating another blogger’s branding. Your branding isn’t centred around your logo/header. It includes your blog design, photography, theme, graphic elements, templates etc.

This is something that most people struggle with, if you are an indecisive person or simply don’t have any ideas on how you want your website to appear. You might unknowingly get inspired by a website and replicate their branding elements but the question is what is okay and what is not okay?

This is a mistake I’ve made in the past which I feel so ashamed of because I’m a designer and this is what I studied. But I felt so insecure that I didn’t even trust my own work and that’s probably what happens in some instances for others too, it’s a sign of insecurity.

I know some people might argue with me but I don’t think using the same theme as another blogger means you are copying someone. There is a reason why a theme is sold and is accessible to everyone because it’s there for everyone who wants to purchase it, it’s not solely purposed for a specific blogger. Your content, photography and the way you customise it, are what set your blog apart from all the other websites.

In addition, there might be hundreds of websites with the same colour palette whether that’s pink, red or blue but all these website will differ to one another. You cannot target someone because they are using the same colours of your website, that’d be quite silly. If you want your website to stand out, you have to find your own style! That’s what makes your blog unique and special in its own way.

Une autre chose que je ne vois pas souvent parler, c’est que les blogueurs imitent l’image de marque d’un autre blogueur. Votre image de marque n’est pas centrée sur votre logo/en-tête. Il comprend la conception de votre blog, des photographies, des thèmes, des éléments graphiques, des modèles, etc.

C’est un problème avec lequel la plupart des gens ont du mal, si vous êtes une personne indécise ou si vous n’avez simplement aucune idée de la façon dont vous voulez que votre site Web apparaisse. Vous pourriez sans le savoir vous inspirer d’un site Web et reproduire ses éléments de marque, mais la question est de savoir ce qui va et ce qui ne va pas.

C’est une erreur que j’ai commise dans le passé et que j’ai tellement honte, car je suis designer et c’est ce que j’ai étudié. Mais je me sentais tellement anxieuse que je n’avais même pas confiance en mon propre travail et c’est probablement ce qui se produit parfois dans d’autres cas aussi, c’est un signe d’insécurité.

Je sais que certaines personnes pourraient se disputer avec moi, mais je ne pense pas que l’utilisation du même thème que celui d’un autre blogueur signifie que vous copiez quelqu’un. Il y a une raison pour laquelle un thème est vendu et accessible à tous car il est destiné à tous ceux qui veulent l’acheter, il n’est pas uniquement destiné à un blogueur spécifique. Votre contenu, vos photos et votre façon de le personnaliser sont ce qui distingue votre blog de tous les autres sites Web.

En outre, il peut y avoir des centaines de sites Web avec la même palette de couleurs que ce soit en rose, rouge ou bleu, mais tous ces sites Web diffèrent les uns des autres. Vous ne pouvez pas cibler quelqu’un parce qu’il utilise les mêmes couleurs que votre site Web, ce serait assez ridicule. Si vous voulez que votre site Web se démarque, vous devez trouver votre propre style! C’est ce qui rend votre blog unique et spécial à sa manière.

 

Inspiration:

  • using the same blog theme as another blogger
  • using the same colour palette as another blog
  • editing your pictures using a similar style to another blogger’s pictures

 

Imitation:

  • creating the same composition of flatlays
  • replicating the same templates
  • imitating your branding elements

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING!

xo N

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53 Comments

  1. Great post! I couldn’t agree more. I believe everyone is unique in there own way and they should let it show. 🙂

  2. I think what makes it an imitation, rather than an inspiration, is the resemblance between your work and another’s work. For instance, if one blog post, talks about the exact idea, and in the same chronology of paragraphs, as with another post in a similar topic, we have a problem with that. I know how it feels like. I had several articles online, which I wrote sometime in 2012, that are being replicated and reproduced without even citing me as the original author.

    I pity people like them. They don’t seem to realize the power and creativity they have innately in them. Perhaps, they might be just too lazy and lame enough to be comfortable copying another’s work.

  3. It’s very true. You can read other blogs to get inspired, yes. But it is the bottom line for me if someone is searching for ”inspiration” when the truth is they’re trying to copy someone’s work… We are unique, we are our own selves and we should write about a topic that is important to us and we should put work to it.
    Great post, I believe it’s going to be very eye-opening for some x
    Have a nice day lovely x

  4. Very well-written, New Lune! Beautiful post! Everything you said is 100% accurate 👏 I can tell that you put your heart and soul into writing this. You are so real, I love it. Keep up the great work 👍😊❤

  5. Great post! I agree with you, if a blogger completely copies another’s ideas etc it might attract views from a while but eventually, I would think that their audience that that content isn’t genuine and go elsewhere.

  6. I loved reading this blog post and I completely agree, there is a very fine line between the two and I think it’s way more interesting if bloggers produce their own work rather than copying others x

  7. Interesting topic to touch on! And I think going your own way is always better than imitation simply because as a creator you should be offering something unique and drawing your own audience!

  8. This is really interesting to think about! I agree with your thoughts and it’s great that you put some tips in there for how to avoid copying.

  9. I just have to say, I like the post (you are so right), but I love that you also write in French. I can barely read it now (I took 5 yrs) but I love to see other bilinguals. Merci beacoup, muchas gracias, thank you very much. 🙂

  10. Getting inspiration by reading others blogs is fine but what’s the point of copying the content as it does not share your original views.
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  11. Great i totally agree and i feel like i have done some of those before with out realising. If and when i get back into blogging i want to make sure i try not to do that.

  12. Honestly, I really cannot agree with you more.
    I totally understand every single point you made here.

    Often times I’ve come across posts and while writing a comment on them I’d feel I could make a post from it, but I never did. I’d just write everything I needed to and post it under the post as a comment, because I always feel it wouldn’t be right to make a post out of that idea except if of course I could tag the original owner of the idea to my post.

    I’ve had struggles with my site customization since I started my blog, but not because I don’t know what I want but because I don’t know how to put it up. When I visit other people’s sites and I’m amazed by it’s outlook, I could only openly compliment them. And I’ve not given up on building my own site to my taste by the way.

    Now, I’m not trying to play the role of a saint here, I’m just trying to say that I understand your points completely.

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