Is imitation a form of flattery?

When growing up there was always the well known thing of being a “copycat”.

In primary school it was the simplest little things to having the same pencil case as daisy at the same table in your class…

To secondary school were everyone was trying to avoid having the same “Morgan” or “Kooki” bag.

Thankfully everyone grows up and life moves on – but in the world of social media and Instagram has this childlike phase made an ugly reappearance?

As we all know bloggers and social media influencers have a pressure to be on top of their “insta game” with fresh outfits and edgy af pics. We all like a “I’m not looking” pose (see above) πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ and if there was a photogenic wall to be standing in front of you’ll find us there.

And let’s face it – we all love to see this and for me I love to take them!

But how far does this go? Do people just look at everyone’s photos as just that – a photo? Or do they see the thought and background process behind it? If yes then is it a pisstake when you see someone ripping off someone else’s creative content on to their own feed? Or is it a thing of the “now”?

What can we really do?

I’m asking these all in rhetorical questions as I genuinely don’t know the answer.

I have came across more and more accounts over the last few months that when I look at them they just scream another bloggers name to me.

A little bit of me feels like sending them to said blogger and being like “ hun does this not piss you off” in hindsight though what can they do? Is it a compliment? Or is it a rip off on someone else’s work?

Personally, I would for sure be annoyed. However if someone bought a dress i popped up over on the gram and gave me credits for the inspo I would be all sorts of delighted. Does the difference then lie with giving the person the credit for the idea…

We all seek a majority of our day to day inspiration and ideas from social media; so can we really be annoyed if someone takes an idea off our accounts? Does this copycat notion run true to you or is imitation a form of flattery?

Speak soon,

Lotsa love

AG xxo

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