Today, I am going to talk about a topic that had been bugging me for quite a while.
A few weeks ago, a book blogger on Twitter tweeted that another blogger had copied her review and that it was outright plagiarism. I agreed and couldn’t believe that some book blogger had reproduced someone else’s work and called it their own.
For us bloggers, blogging is a hobby and kind of a thankless job, since it is not appreciated a lot outside the blogging sphere, so to hear that some bloggers copy other bloggers’ work is clearly underwhelming. This led me to think about inspiration and plagiarism and hence resulted in this post.
Firstly, to understand the difference between inspiration and plagiarism, let us know the exact definition of the words.
Inspiration, according to Cambridge Dictionary, means “someone or something that gives you ideas for doing something”.
Plagiarism, on the other hand, means “the process or practice of using another person’s ideas or work and pretending that it is your own”.
The meaning of the words make them easily distinguishable from each other. However, I feel that the lines between inspiration and plagiarism are quite thin and that we should tread carefully to ensure that they don’t overlap.
For instance, a blogger may take an idea of a blog post from another blogger and give credit to that original blogger, which is the right thing to do since once you give credit to the original blogger, you acknowledge to your readers that the idea was not yours, but someone else’s.
However, my question is that whether you should take some other blogger’s original idea for your own blog post, and whether this too counts as plagiarism to a certain extent because even if you are not pretending that the idea was yours, and giving credit to the original blogger, it was originally someone else’s idea and you are basically copying and pasting the same idea. This can also lead to saturation in the blogging sphere. I feel that it is better to give your own spin to the original idea, thus making it quite different from the original blog post.
So, what do you guys think? Do you think taking other blogger’s blog post ideas while giving them credit is alright, or should we avoid that?