It’s been an interesting week for me, to say the least. If you follow and keep up with Unbothered Style on Instagram then you know I had an impersonation attempt on my Instagram account. I had never experienced anything like that before and honestly, I felt attacked. I felt like someone was coming for my brand, my livelihood, and my connection with all of my followers that I’ve worked so hard to build in the last 7 months. I was being told that I should feel flattered and that this is a compliment but it’s so hard to see when it’s happened directly to you.
A fellow blogger talked about this subject on her blog not too long ago (visit her post here!). I reposted her original blog post on my facebook and days later I get hit with a similar situation. It’s crazy how things work like that…
My incident got me thinking about influencers and bloggers all around the world. We put ourselves in the spotlight to broadcast our creativity and our passions. We put ourselves out there to influence and inspire others with what we do and what we love. We do all this because we love it and we want to but, there is always a flip side to everything. As we show our abilities, there will always be “haters” and admirers watching in the bushes. This week, I got a taste of that flip side and saw that not everything is as easy and perfect as it seems.
You may be thinking – “Dang Gabby, it’s just a fake account! It’s not that big of a deal!” but you’re wrong. It’s not just the fake Instagram account. I’ve had an instance of a person stealing my whole blog layout, copy and pasting my blog’s bio word for word and, let’s not even get into the imitated blog post and Instagram content. There have been so many instances over the last 7 months that I can recall being upset and disturbed by an act of (down-right) stealing content that I’ve worked so hard to create and a brand that I’m trying to build.
I feel so discouraged each and every time I think about it. A part of me wants to stop right now and just give up. Okay, maybe not give up, but stop producing content for people to take. Why put all my time (and sometimes money) into something so someone else can pass it off as their own and reap the benefits? I just don’t understand it.
Side thought: If you really think about it… Is anything ever original anymore? Do we see something we like from someone and cognitively recreate it or reimagine it to do it ourselves? For example, did you come up with that blog name all on a whim or were you influenced in some way? Did you create your blog layout or did you see someone else’s blog and get “inspired?” Oh, and that flat lay you shot the other day, did you see one of your favorite Instagram bloggers do one similar so you thought you’d give it a try too?
I’m not going to say that all imitation is bad – no. I’m just saying there may be a fine line between imitation and duplication. If you can’t think of something creative on your own… maybe this isn’t the business for you and that’s okay! Not everything is for everybody. Trust me. I wish I could sing like Beyonce every day but honey… I CANNAHH!
I don’t want this to be a long, drawn out, rambling post but I do wish things could be different in the blogger world. I do wish that I didn’t have to worry that all the content I’m putting out there will be duplicated in some form, with or without my knowledge.
Maybe a simple fix is this… give credit where credit is due.
All Love –