Hi! Here is my first post who takes part in the FBFF project, which is basically something to get acquainted with the fashion bloggers community!
On to the questions!
1. What are the ‘unwritten rules’ about coping content that we bloggers should all abide by?
I think that it isn’t nice to copy content from anyone, especially when it comes to original ideas. Here in Italy we have a blogger like that, which is very famous, and copies all things especially from abroad famous fashion bloggers, as we italians wouldn’t be enough smart to read foreigners blogs.
It’s enough to have some ideas of yours, and if you don’t have them, you can write posts INSPIRED by others, but it’s a must to send a trackback and linking to the source that inspired you.
Same for style ideas or pictures. I costs nothing to say “Like it? I was inspired by XXX”.
Tha only way to copy content and not looks like a douchebag is that no one discovers your sources. But, you know, the truth will eventually out.
2. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. But when it a post imitation and when is it copying?
Imitation is flattery when people who are supposed to follow you do it, not when another person who is supposed to have people follow him/her do it. I mean, I am a fashion blogger, I am a stylist, I am a designer, I WANT people to imitate me or to wear things that I design, or to dress like I suggest. But if you boast about being a fashion blogger and to be capable of giving advices on new trends, or to giv mix&match; suggestions, than no, it’s not allowed to “imitate” for you.
3. Taking another blogger’s idea (perhaps for an outfit, or DIY tutorial) is pretty common in the blogging world. Do you think it is necessary to credit the original source?
Sure I do. I feel guilty because I put my scarf in my belt and I can’t remember when I saw it! But I’m sure I saw it somewhere!
4. How have you improved your blog by comparing it to other bloggers? Have you made changes due to something you have seen others doing?
Obviously I did look at more famous blog, professional fashion blogs and popular blogs. I did get inspiration for the style of the layout, but because I observed my reaction to it and I got it worked well with this kind of blogs. And sure I took inspiration regarding pictures, if they’re taken outside and in the daylight they look better and more professional, the majority of personal style bloggers already do that, and sure I’m gonna follow. I also “copied” communities, blog directories and such things, but I wouldn’t say this is “style” copying or “ideas” imitating
5. Have you ever had one of your posts copied by another blogger or publication? How did you handle the situation?
Yes I have. And it sounds nonsense because my blog is only 2 months old, and the person getting “too much” inspiration from the subjects I talked about was a friend of mine. Well I’ve just ignored, who knows maybe it was only coincidence!