Let me just preface this by stating that I am not calling anyone out in this post, nor is this negative in any way. This post has been a long time coming, and it is just my thoughts and feelings in regards to the blogging world. So, if you are reading this for a bit o' drama, you'll have to look elsewhere. ;]
Ever since I started blogging I have always felt a bit worried about what I post. Not because I thought people might be offended or bored or judge me about what I wrote. No, what I am always worried about is being labeled a "copycat". Do you know how many times I think up a kick ass blog post and then see that someone else already blogged about the same thing that day? It happens A LOT...especially with a very well-known blogger. And it totally drives me crazy! What do I do? Post my blog anyway because I thought of the post before seeing someone else's blog? Post it because this is my blog and I should be able to post about whatever I want without worrying what others think? Or should I not post it because other people might think I'm "copying"? I mean, I know this is my blog and all, but of course I don't want people thinking badly of me. My reputation as a blogger means the world to me and everything I post on my blog is completely 100% me. All Mandypants, all the time.
Sometimes I think maybe I'm making a bigger deal of this than it is. Maybe I shouldn't worry so much. What do you think? Do you or have you ever dealt with this same situation? And even if you haven't, what is your opinion? Let me know your thoughts; this is something that has pestered me for a loooooong time. XO, mandy