So. Yeah. Okay. I’ve slacked on blogging… It happens. But, as my favorite youtuber Qaadir would say… “that’s not even what I wanted to talk abouuuuuuut!”
This is a post that has been in the making for a while. I’ve talked to designer friends/artists/photographers and fellow bloggers to get a well rounded idea of how most feel on the subject of creativity and originality.
About a month or so ago I received some emails from blogger friends pointing me to a few people they felt were “copying” my ideas and passing them off as their own. As any artists knows this happens a lot and we just move on. I looked at the links and shrugged it off as common creative thoughts. Those who know me, know I float in a world of oblivion and disinterest sometimes. But it did spark some interesting conversations with bloggers and friends.
I’ll start by saying, my list of bloggers and artists spans many realms. Photographers, writers, musicians, stay at home moms, actors, scrapbookers, crafters, and professional bloggers. The opinions I received came from a lot of people whoms perspectives I respect. And I was surprised at the areas everyone agreed.
Okay original ideas and design. We all take inspiration from things/websites/magazines etc. Then do our own spin sometimes. But it seems more and more people are desperately trying to be the “original” at everything. I’ve seen this in the music scene, I saw it on an unhealthy level when I was briefly involved in the scrapbooking/crafting industry, in photography, in blogging, in the moms that make cupcakes for every non special occasion at my childs school. It happens. It’s in our nature to compete. However, why are we really trying so hard? (ps I hear you haters who are saying you don’t try… It’s okay no one is gonna call you out while you’re reading this in the privacy of your home;) promise.
However, for those of us who “keep it real” as Sasha would say, we know about staying up at night thinking of new ideas to stay on the cutting edge. Our artistic minds are what drive us. AND THAT’S OK!
Do not take this post as some bitter rant about those who try and be creative but let’s all be honest.
The new “trends” floating around are very deritive of something we have already seen many times. It’s the person with the most visibilty who gets the acclaim usually, even of they got their idea from faving a million flickr photos and just changing a few things to make it their own or some obscure creative’s blog whom has no readers.
How many musicians have you met that think they were the first to come up with AMAZING music?
Or I can’t tell you how many times people have said someone copied their work when they were not the original either. It just makes me laugh. That we are all so pretentious to think we are the only geniuses around:)
My friend Lila (who is a nationally published interior designer living in Boston) said “I have been completely uninspired by home decor blogs claiming new DIYs that I have had sitting on coffee table in magazines from the 60s and 70s Better Homes and Garden mags since I was in design school.”
My favorite is Chad, my local blogger friend who is the best person ever to talk to about different teas. He pointed out the new trend in blogging (because he’s into that analytical stuff) is to take others peoples work and blog it as inspiration on your blog, creating the illusion that the person doing the post is the artist. He does NOT like this concept at all. We disagree a bit here, because I think sharing the work of others is okay as long as they are credited and you have your own voice.
Derivitives are everywhere. Look around. Vintage is the new modern. True vintage lovers had it as a lifestyle about 5 yrs ago. Now it’s a fad everyone is a part of (including myself… I love old things!) again, nothing wrong with it.
Recently I did an Alice in wonderlandish inspired shoot and got so many “how original.” sarcastic comments. I know it’s been done but I didn’t care and did my own version.
My opinion? Who cares at this point? It is extremely hard to be THE original anymore. We are all creative… All trying to inspire and share…all trying to leave our mark. For someone…anyone.
Just don’t say you aren’t trying so hard, when you really are… We all are. And it makes you seem foolish:)
Now I’ll end by saying I do believe their are originals and we are all uniquely creative in our own ways, but I think it’s better to be to be supportive, not competitive.
I love blogs and websites and facebook and twitter and all things associated with sharing inspiration. Take it all as you will. As a point on ponderance or more ammuntion to leave hateresque comments on my blog at 2 am Im getting used to them now;)… Either way… this is me taking one foot off my soapbox and putting it back into my own chaotic craziness of a world.
Oh of course I couldn’t leave without posting photos could I?
These are again taken with my iPhone app hipstamatic:) and the others are from said Alice in Wonderlandish shoot.
Happy Friday friends!
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