Guys, we need to talk about something. I prefer to keep things positive and upbeat around here, but I’ve come across something over the past couple weeks that really bummed me out. I wasn’t planning to post this as part of the 6 Weeks series, but I think it fits in with the theme, so here ya go…
In the past two weeks I’ve stumbled upon two blogs that were almost exact copies of other blogs I read regularly. Same colors, same borders, same sidebars laid out in the exact same order with almost the same photos and the same fonts. One of the blogs also had content that was mostly re-posts of content from other sites.
My point in writing this is not to call people out or make them feel bad, I realize that copying has been happening all over the creative world since the beginning of time. I’m writing this because those two bloggers who have copied designs and content are selling themselves and their readers extremely short.
I know chevron, arrows, and handwriting fonts are all design trends right now. Lots of bloggers email me looking for these exact details all the time, but every time I put a design together I try to add those elements in a different way. It’s one thing to be inspired , but it’s a whole other thing to steal an entire design and pretend it’s your own work.
Be confident in yourself and the things you love. You don’t have to wear vintage and make crafts to have a popular blog, but if that’s your thing, then put it online in your own way. It’s much more fun to work on your own individual style than just copying what you see off of other blogs. If you just do what everyone else is doing then how will you grow?
Why not be the best version of yourself instead of a crappy version of someone else?