The battle for originality and individuality…

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The battle for originality and individuality in blogging, business and media.

Creativity and innovation are not easy to come by.  Some are naturally gifted, unique ideas flow without much effort, or so it seems.  But with the the world wide web, can you be truly unique and/or original and is it possible to set yourself apart from the rest, even if it is just for a brief moment in time?  What exactly is originality?

orig·i·nal·i·ty
noun \?-?ri-j?-?na-l?-t?\

Definition of ORIGINALITY (according to Merriam-Webster)

  • the quality or state of being original
  • freshness of aspect, design, or style
  • the power of independent thought or constructive imagination

From my experience having been an online retailer I realized quick that your “admirers” a.k.a. competitors keep a close eye on everything you do, and you may do the same, in fact if you’re smart you WILL do the same.  For the most part they do it in private, they can read your pages, follow your blog, twitter, facebook, etc. and keep tabs on your every move.  They can even copy your every move if they really want to.  So after pouring over your new package deal or promotion or other new concept, they can essentially rewrite your idea and pretty much instantly begin competing against you using it.  Sad but true.

Aside from watermarking your photos, what can you do?  If you suspect someone of copying your content a little too closely then you can try and contact them, but do you really have time to look over everyone else’s sites and try to determine if they may or may no have copied you?  What good is that going to do you?

So what can you do?  In my opinion all you can do is keep moving, keep innovating and continue trying to outdo yourself.  While the feeling your being copied is discouraging, it’s not the end of the world.  I like to think that internet karma will prevail.

Essentially, to succeed in business, blogging and marketing online, whether you feel you’re being watched or not, you should live and work like you are.  Remain passionate about what you do, continue to challenge yourself, strive to be inventive and unique and although keeping an eye on the competition is important, don’t let it paralyze you.  Think you may have a copy cat?  Feel flattered.  No one wants to copy someone who they don’t think highly of.  If someone considers you their competition, their rival, then let it inspire you to keep moving in the direction you’re headed.

This is just my two cents.  What are your thoughts?  Ever felt like you’re being watched?

 

Don’t let the fact that you’re self-taught dictate your self-worth.

This is something I struggle with daily in my new field.  Over the last 4-5 years I have learned a lot and taught myself a lot whether through watching tutorials, googling solutions to problems, a few college courses, trial and error and a TON of hands on experience.  However, with no paper to prove my qualifications I struggle with finding the confidence to stand behind my services and prices.   I am forever doubting myself.

What if I say I can do something and then it turns out I can’t?  What if they don’t like what I do? What if…Seriously the list of “what ifs” I can come up with are seriously crazy.

Do you struggle with confidence in your line of work?  Whether your a blogger unsure of your writing skills, a crafter who’s taught herself how to sew, a consultant or something else completely.  I’d love to know I’m not the only one feeling this way.

I’ve heard that the best way to act is like you can take on the world, surely that’s easier said than done.  Confident people get noticed, I’ve definitely seen them.  They command your attention, come across as knowledgeable and reliable, and are downright admirable.  And I’m not talking about overly confident a.k.a. cocky people.  I’m referring to those who you just know that they know what they’re talking about!

It’s getting a little late for new years resolutions but I’m going to give this a shot regardless.  I’ll consider, whether anyone is actually reading this or not, to be my own little personal pep-talk to myself.

I am confident, I am knowledgeable, my work has value!  Roarrr!

On a couch in the corner…

Another blog post from my iPhone, yes I am crazy! But it is kind of fun. My kids are driving me crazy right now. Having twin 4 yr old boys is turning out to be a whirlwind of karate moves, constant eating, and a house that’s in a never ending state of disarray, at least until they’re in bed…Ground Hog day every day!

So among the screaming and running in and out of the house, here I sit tucked in a little corner attempting to write a blog post with one finger, again!

Taking a break from an e-book I am reading about social media that is totally blowing my mind. The possibilities are so endless its mind boggling, and just when you think you’ve mastered the art someone comes along and changes it all right in front of your eyes.

Education is the key, the knowledge and skills you need to grow your business and/or your blog are out there waiting for you to discover them. Don’t ever just settle for what you know, grow what you know, you will be so surprised at the renewed sense of inspiration that learning something new brings.

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge! I just signed up, will you?

Sometimes you just have to go out on a limb and not over think things.  There is always work and often cost involved in growing your business and even your blog.

I just signed up for the 31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge which is being partially put on by a wahm with whom I have worked for the last four years!  Michelle of CreoCommunico!

I’m really looking forward to what this program has to offer.  I’ll report back with how it turns out!