I have always though of blogging as a hobby with integrity. The true bloggers, the ones who spend hours upon hours and slave over their computers to write their feelings, those are the ones with integrity.
But what is integrity really? Many definitions say it's being honest and having strong moral principals. And I would say that 99% of the bloggers I know are honest and have strong moral principals. If bloggers were not honest and did not truthfully portray at least some portion of their life, why would people want to read?
While integrity usually is associated with morals and being held to a high standard, it can also mean being whole. So that got me to thinking. As a blogger, I believe I have and need to have integrity but also to keep my story whole and true to me. I must tell my story, my thoughts and my ideas as a whole unimpaired message to keep readers interested.
As of lately, I've been having a hard time keeping up with blogging. I've been extremely busy in my personal life which has lead to less time for blogging. That's just the way life is sometimes. We all have those times when we get busy and don't have time for blogging, or worse even, want to blog but can't think of anything to write about. I have to say I'm guilty of both. And honestly nothing makes me more upset than when I want to write and have nothing popping into my head.
One of my go-to strategies when I'm stuck for ideas is to read other blogs. Sometimes they talk about a hot topic that I want to jump in on. As long as your ideas and opinions are your own, you have continued to keep your integrity. Heck, there may even be times when you and another blogger post the about the exact same topic around the same time. But if you have put your own touches and have your own spin, it's nothing more than a coincidence. You're integrity is still intact. I can remember one example was about privacy on the blog. I posted about WHOIS, and pretty much shadowed Nadine's post. But I clearly gave her credit for finding this out and even linked back to her post. I kept my integrity while still sharing somebody else's blog information. To me, this is totally cool.
Nothing makes me more upset than seeing people with low morals. If you are going to copy or mimic another person's ideas, shoot them a simple e-mail, give them credit or do something. Don't steal their thunder by taking their ideas and claiming them as your own. All it takes is a little credit and sharing some blog fame. There is plenty of fame to go around.
Copying is not cool.
Be unique, be your own person.
There is a reason we are all different. We have unique ideas of our own and if you are not being you, then who are you supposed to be?!
As you may have guessed, I have had a little run-in with a collaborative idea being copied. I work very hard to make sure that my integrity stays in tact and I come up with original ideas, give credit where credit is due and make sure my take on things is unique to me. I do not appreciate my work being claimed by somebody else.
Although this post may be considered a rant, I really do not care. I feel like I needed to get this off of my chest. Life has thrown me many curve balls in the past few days and this was the last straw. So if you are reading this and are offended by my opinions of integrity, morals and copying other people's work in general, you don't have to read. But if you agree with me, leave a comment. Let me know if you have had anything like this happen to you. Tell me what integrity means to you and how you show it on your blog.