Say you spend weeks.. months even, mulling over something you want to do. It doesn’t really matter much what it is. A blog is a good example. You browse the internet looking for themes, and researching paid versus free platforms. The benefits of dot-com or dot-org.. spending a little extra for your own domain or sticking with what is provided.. These are all decisions that took up some of my valuable time when I first decided to start this blog. Honestly though, what took the longest was trying to decide on a unique blog name. Something eye-catching, that also would give a hint as to what my blog would be mostly featuring. I googled and searched every name idea I came up with, trying to make sure no one else had thought of my name idea first.
In a world with millions of people, total exclusivity is probably not going to happen, and I understand that as well as anyone. but.. when something is a blatant attempt at copying.. imitation is NOT the sincerest form of flattery. It truly isn’t.
When I chose to name my blog Drops of Ink, I did it knowing that there was a similarly named site for tattoos and one referencing a high school newspaper. None had a Facebook, nor a personal blog, and acquiring my domain was easy peasy, as no one was using my name. I set about making a twitter page and a Facebook page just for the blog, and though I do not personally own the Lord Byron quote, I decided to make it my motto. I felt it gave my page that touch of je ne sais quoi it was missing.
This was all a little over 7 months ago and I have been enjoying every minute of it. Even when I can’t think of anything remotely witty to write about.
Today.. one of my followers mentioned in a message that they had been searching for my Facebook page and had almost liked the wrong one because it looked so similar. They provided me with a link, which curiosity forced me to go visit and I was more than a little shocked at what I found. There was no plagiarism of my poems or writing, but the name, and the Lord Byron quote were exactly the same. Even the avatar looked very close, font wise included. I won’t be a bitch and blast their name on here because I am not that kind of person, but I was more than a little perturbed. The page was older than mine, but it was obvious the name change and references to Lord Byron were more recent.
Am I flattered? Absolutely not. Am I annoyed? Hell yes! Am I going to do anything about it. Nope.
It’s a free country, and no matter whether it was meant as a compliment, or just sheer lack of individuality on their part, there is really not much that can be done. All I am going to do is rant, then take a deep cleansing breath and move on. Hell, who knows.. maybe someone out there thought the exact same thing about me when I made this blog.
Life is just simply too short to stress the petty stuff.
Thanks for listening y’all. 😉