This week's Friend Friday topic deals with copycats, blogger rights and giving credit where it's due.

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1. What are the "unwritten rules" about copying content that we bloggers should all abide by?
Flat-out copying? Don't do it.

2. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. But when is a post imitation and when is it copying?
It's copying when you haven't made the idea your own. In this context, I see imitation as deriving inspiration from an existing concept.

3. Taking another blogger's idea (perhaps for an outfit, or DIY tutorial) is pretty common in the blogging world. Do you think it is necessary to credit the original source?
If you base your work upon something exceptionally creative and original and don't credit it, it's going to leave a sour taste in everyone's mouth. Your readers will know (or eventually find out) where you got the idea from and if it's uncredited, it'll make it difficult for them to trust you. You'll probably have a bad conscience about it too. The point is, crediting is awesome. If you're in a dilemma whether to credit or not, go for it. This is also the reason I have a love/hate relationship with Tumblr - it's full of amazing photos, but no one credits their sources. When I want to repost them, I have to credit Tumblr as the source which makes me feel blah.

4. How have you improved your blog by comparing it to other bloggers? Have you made changes due to something you have seen others doing?
I think most (if not all) of our blog changes stem from observing other blogs and bloggers. For example, we all started facebooking and tweeting because others were doing it. Not to mention that I find other blogs and what they're discussing a big source of inspiration for my own work.

5. Have you ever had one of your posts copied by another blogger or publication? How did you handle the situation?
No.

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