Thursday, April 12, 2012

Over a cup of tea: Inspiration vs copying

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Blogging is an immensely personal form of self-expression and it always surprises me when I read something that is, if not word for word, almost identical to what I have written. Yes, it can be coincidental but more than a few times?!


It is natural to be inspired because of the very creative company we keep but all of us ought to know the boundaries between inspiration and outright copying. We maybe inspired by the same homes, same artists, same magazines or the same pictures but everyone should bring their own interpretation to the table. It is hard not to stumble upon the same decor sources but it is easy to maintain your individuality. Be yourself. Be yourself.

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I would love to hear from bloggers, artists, crafters about what their experiences have been.

Image credits: Pictures of my blogging headquarters from a few weeks ago taken by me. (Sorry, I didn't have time to take newer pictures!)

15 comments:

Amrita Tripathy said...

like that chalkboard where you have mentioned your blog name..! its indeed sad. Getting inspired is always good.. One whose work inspires is always and will always remain the Original..! Stealers can get that tag for sure.

Once Upon A Tea Time said...

Amritha,
Thank you for voicing your support !

Sarah Naveen said...

I know exactly what you mean..Being a blogger myself , I m facing this nasty thing every now then..I used to get sad n angry , but now what I feel is pity to such souls..imagine somebody posting the same recipe with exactly same pictures and settings , the next day u post ....they only know to copy and not create ...and people who read ur blog regularly knows ur quality dear ! keep up the good work ... U have inspired a lot including me ..and I m proud of having found ur space :-)

Once Upon A Tea Time said...

Sarah Naveen,
Thank you so much!

notyet100 said...

Ur pics are so full of life,,,:) and i luv once upon a tea time,,,as it's full of life too,..no one can replicate that

Sudha said...

me too bloggers are the ones who tend to do this...as u mentioned being inspired and liking the same source is normal but trying to present similar opinion is not a coincidence

BongMom said...

This is a recurring phenomenon these days. But I think the ones who are copying will have a harder time to keep it up and so will falter.

pooja said...

i love your blog. its beautiful, inspiring and so obviously original. People who copy will eventually stumble if they cant find their own way and listen to their own voice..

Sharon said...

Love your blog, Priya, and I know how upsetting and frustrating this must be - you know it, but you can't do much about it!...We have all gone through it. There should be a plag check tool to check the copy of thoughts and ideas, and not just words!

In support!

sharon

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work - you inspire so many of us! And as for those out there copying your work, remember, the cheap knockoffs don't really last :)!

Shalini said...

It's getting all too common Priya, isn't it. And mot people who copy don't even think they are doing anything wrong. So frustrating. I keep finding my photos being used in websites, and they just don't take them down or even link to the original source.

Take care...and keep writing about these issues, so "they" know that you know!

Bhavna said...

Sigh! I know how frustrating something like this could be. I try to be zen about the copycats but fail miserably :)

Do reach out to this person Priya. Maybe an email with examples of this individual's 'inspired' writing and your original posts. If that doesn't stop, then you might want to go public with the name and let the readers provide support and opinion.

Hugs!

Neelam said...

Priya, one suggestion is to out the person on your blog with name and website and publish side by pictures of the copy. I would even recommend your readers to post on this persons blog denouncing the copy until its taken down. BTW, Love your blog...!!!

Designwali said...

How did I miss this post...look you have a unique voice. we know it, we come here to read it. You were one of my inspirations when i first started...and still are to this day. Copycats make grab your words...but not your voice.

brinda nilesh said...

hey thts sad!!:(
being relatively new to this bloging scene i am always very conscious of the fact that all though similar design sense/pictures/ideas can appeal to people with the same wave length one should always have his/her own persperective.
With so many talented bloggers around its easy to be inspired but there is a fine line between being inspired and out right copying!!

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