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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom | The Importance of Giving Credit

The other day, this really weird thing happened to me.  I was browsing through Pinterest, sand I saw a photo of something that I own.  It wasn't just the item, it was MY item.  It had my monogram on it, was being held in my own hand, the background was my back porch, and the photo had been taken on my iPhone.  I found it especially crazy because it wasn't even something from my blog.  The photo had been taken from my personal Instagram, uploaded onto some Tumblr account that basically looked like someone had just uploaded every photo ever taken (including some sexually suggestive ones that I wish I could unsee) and then pinned onto Pinterest from there.

 I wasn't sure if I should be flattered or freaked out, but the more I thought about it, the more it weirded me out.  Couldn't someone have given me the common courtesy of asking if they could use my photo for something?  Or could they have given me a little credit for using my image? That would have been flattering!

The same thing goes with blogging.  I love the blogger community because it gives everyone an opportunity to draw inspiration from each other, and everyone is so supportive!  But a few days ago, I felt like someone blatantly ripped off one of my posts (nonetheless in a poorly executed fashion.)   I really identified with Dorothy of Prep in Your Step's advice to make your blog a unique experience, which is what I try to do here!

And I won't even go on about how badly it sucks when you put your heart and soul into a project at work, and then receive absolutely no credit for it, because I'm pretty sure everyone here knows just how badly that one sucks!

So my advice (from my soapbox lol) is this - No matter what the situation is, be sure to give credit where credit is due!  (It's like that 90's country song by Sawyer Brown!)

Now I must give y'all credit for being so awesome, encouraging, and sweet... all of the time!  I hope everyone is having a happy Wednesday!  What's your Wednesday Wisdom for the week?

XX,

SS

9 comments:

  1. That would completely creep me out! Sorry that happened to you, girl... and I agree, give credit where credit is due!

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    1. It was odd! Haha. It makes me wonder what other photos of mine are just floating around on the internet!

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  2. I hate to hear about that happening to you! As a new blogger, I totally agree and love that everyone in the blogging world seems to bounce their ideas and get inspiration from others. But I hate seeing blatant copy cats all the time. The point of having a blog (at least to me) is to be able to show who you are and what you love in your own special way, and when someone copies that it defeats the purpose of expressing yourself. It hurts not only the original person, but the copy cat too.

    Always, always, always give credit when credit is due!

    Always, kTm
    pickyourbeau.blogspot.com

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  3. Yeah you cannot just upload someone's photos from instagram. It's called Copyright infringement. You should contact them and ask them to remove the content. This happens all too often.

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    1. I couldn't even access the Tumblr account today :/ I have no idea how to contact them. I did file a complaint on Pinterest though, and that was a process! Haha.

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  4. Thats terrible! It is scary to think about. How hard is it just to ask or give credit before using it. And how many times does this happen and no one finds out?

    bmorepreppy.blogspot.com/

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    1. That's the part that weirded me out the most - what else is floating around out there that we know nothing about?!

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