Ok. Lately this blog has been suffering an attack of the copycats. I have had to track down people who have stolen pics, entire posts, my subject matter, etc, and deal with them via emails, flagging them and complaining to Blogger, etc.
Now, a fellow fitness blogger who drops on me daily has just joined that group. You guys see that I've started doing video posts, and that's obviously a new thing I'm playing with. I'm always thinking and moving ahead...it's just what I do. So, today, I go and drop as usual, and see that this blogger not only has now put a video on her blog as her latest post, but on THE SAME SUBJECT as my video series. Oh, she named it "Stick to it Fitness Tips", but you guys who read me know where that started. This has actually got me pissed. I mean, I know that I don't own any subject, medium, or blogging style, but I'm really getting tired of seeing people who lack their own creativity and imagination piggy backing on ideas that I come up with.
As a blogger, I make it my business to be original and fresh, but what's the point if others just come behind you and copy it anyway?
A friend of mine said that I should take it as a compliment...after all, if my ideas and content were bad, no one would bother to imitate them. However, I must disagree. Why should someone else profit from my brainwork and vision? It really makes me mad.
As of today, I will stop dropping her blog, simply on principle. I know we're out here competing to a certain extent, but damn....
This is also one of the drawbacks of being in this forum where your blog is under the daily scrutiny of every other blogger in your niche. The right hand always gets to see what the left hand is doing.
What do you guys think about this? Is all fair in business and blogging? If you are a niche blogger who manages to come up with content that the other bloggers don't, doesn't it bother you when they copy it?
As I said, this is not the first time.... and it's also not the first time I've stopped dropping on another fitness blogger for the same reason. In fact, I hesitate to drop on others in my niche anymore (other than the ones I already do, and my regulars like Heidi, Paul, Laura, etc) because it seems that some (not all) won't hesitate to feed off your ideas when their own well runs dry.
I welcome any and all opinions on this, guys, because it really is an issue for me, and it also makes me consider pulling my blog from Entrecard.