I've been mulling over this topic for some time now because I'm not sure how to present my question and/or pondering that's more probing and curious and less accusatory or provoking.
Debit or Credit?
I'm talking about books and blogging in general. How do you give credit, if at all, to your inspiration and other related ramblings.
Plagiarism is a major thing in the book blogging world that's why these weekly memes have linky's attached to them and if you're to participate in one, you're required to cite your host lest be accused of being a copycat. Big no-no in this community.
If you've been around the book blogosphere long enough, you'll notice a lot of these memes are similar in theme with mild to moderate differences, just enough to make each one unique from the rest. But let's be honest here, I'm sure you've been inspired by at least one blogger that ended up influencing you to either come up with your own gimmick, made you change your review style, or other bits and pieces that helped make your blog for the better. And I'm not referring to the small stuff, I'm referring to the obvious ones.
Totally normal. Totally fine. But do you give credit to your inspirations? If you adapt another blogger's review style for example on an occassional post, do you cite their blog as the basis for your work every time you borrow/copy it? More importantly, do you think it's fair to even cite a "source" even if you came up with the idea regardless if it bears similarities to say an existing meme?
Speaking for myself, I do give credit and I like people who do too. Like my weekly book haul post, totally inspired by The Story Siren, who's In My Mailbox (IMM) meme Talk Supe had to quit when her scandal broke. Still I cite her as my inspiration for Bought, Borrowed, and Bagged because she deserves it and because it's the right thing to do. There is no way I can pass BB&B off as my own unique initiaive without looking like a total fraud. Like hello! If one is diligent enough, one can most certainly backtrack on the archives and connect the dots from there. Sure, the title is different and I added a few things here and there to make it my own, but the concept is the same, and I have to thank TSS's for the fun weekly post idea.
I know this is a slippery slope because most everything has been thought of and popularized so innovating is a challenge. And as we're all exposed to the same things, pursuing the same interests, talking to the same crowd, similarities are bound to happen. So how do you navigate this? I sure would like to hear your thoughts on this topic for future reference in case my muse strikes and "inspires" me to do a variation of Waiting on Wednesday. Ha!