Is it just me, or does this remind you of something you’ve seen before?
When I chanced upon the mini-herb garden post on Better Homes & Garden’s blog (click here), I felt kind of dizzy. But it wasn’t because of the vibrating gif, rather it was because the lead photo looked remarkably like a project of mine from December 2012. With almost 8,000 views, my succulent planter from a vintage fan blade cover project is an RR hit (click here). I’ve seen my photo (left) tons of times on Pinterest and other sites, so I wasn’t surprised that it might have inspired a virtual copy elsewhere online. Clicking through the BHG post, which was published in July this year, I chuckled; even the materials, how-to and accompanying photos echoed those of my own! I checked for a credit, or link to my post and found none. Instead I discovered that a BHG “style spotter” named Chelsey Andrews had created the post and that she blogged under the name The Paper Mama. At her blog (click here), I was amused to see this line in her post linking to the BHG piece, in reference to the planter: “You know what else this would be good for? Succulents … “!
The purpose of this post is not to shame Ms. Andrews, a creative, artistic young mom, as well as blogger, but after reading comments touting her project’s unique-ness I feel forced to make the following statement: Please give credit where credit is due. As a fellow creative person, I understand the pressures involved in coming up with blog content and craft projects for our waiting public and I understand how overbearing a deadline can be, especially a self-imposed one! Photos that appear on Pinterest boards and on other sites invariably contain links to their source sites … please, fellow bloggers, take the time to track down sources if they’re not readily apparent. If we treat each other’s work with respect, we can all be part of the “amazing, supportive” community Ms. Andrews has found as a blogger.