Do you acknowledge where those ideas come from? Who had that lightbulb moment? You or someone else?
I was musing on this Saturday when something I had wrote, had been taken and rewritten and the author was congratulated on having these ideas. I also happen to know the author reads the blog the ideas were taken from.
Is there a fine line between inspiration and taking someones idea then passing it off as your own?
On another blog I write, I received an email saying they found a post I had wrote interesting and wrote about it on their own blog. No acknowledgment on the blog in the form of I read this on another blog and it inspired me… or I read this and I thought I would look into it more.
I pondered whether I was being overly sensitive and then I thought about what I do and how I behave. I believe in sharing, sources, ideas, inspiration and that is why I mention what I have been reading or listening to. I believe in being as open and transparent as possible. I acknowledge my sources so if people are interested they can go and see for themselves. If people don’t cite references in blogs or link out to sources, I personally am less likely to trust them. Are they original? Are they open and trustworthy? I don’t know is the answer and I am not likely to stick around to find out – too much like hard work.
No blog is an island.
I don’t recall who said that. Maybe I invented it? I doubt it, but you don’t know that. Now what if you went on and used that line, people would think you are witty and wonderful. Then the owner of the phrase will turn up, and then we see fireworks. Won’t your blog readers be disappointed if you are found out?
If you take one thing from reading this, take this – if I am your source, your muse, your inspiration… what will you do when I stop writing blogs?
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