If you are good at doing something, anything really, in this life… some one will watch, imitate, copy and perhaps outright steal or expand on that thing. I’ve experienced this first hand. I’ve been blogging since 2010 when barely anyone was blogging and there certainly wasn’t much money to be made from it. I’ve seen bloggers come and go. Some evolved into influencers. Some moved on to something new. But it’s easier than ever to become a blogger or influencer thanks to the few who started so long ago. Those were the blue prints. Although my following is modest, I consider myself an OG blogger especially in the Black blogger community. Many people may not know me, but I’m probably one of your favorite bloggers, favorite blogger. That may be a little narcissistic of me to say but if I don’t believe it, who else will LOL. The thing about being a creative is to continue to evolve and move with what’s moving to remain relevant. There are trendsetters and there are followers. There’s nothing wrong with being either or, as most people are, a little of both. But trust and believe if you are a trendsetter, you will undoubtedly be imitated.
Isabel Marant Jumpsuit | & Other Stories Sandals | Fendi Bag via Rebag
There is a thin line between inspiration and imitation. Most people think if it’s working for you it will work for them. Sometimes it will and sometimes it won’t. That’s the chance you take when you’re a creative and you’re great at what you do. I love that I can inspire people to try something new when it comes to fashion or travel or makeup. Part of being an influencer is the ability to inspire and influence people to try things. I’m incredibly humbled that so many people value what I have to say. The thing you have to remember is no matter how much someone copies or imitates you, they can never be you and that’s your superpower. What helps me in these situations is knowing that what is for me is for me. No matter what someone copies, or imitates or steals, I’m still going to get what is destined for me. What’s for me won’t miss me and isn’t deterred by someone else attempting to be me. Trust me, it’s probably harder for them to keep up with you than it is for you to just do you naturally. And of course every so often I have to repeat those mantras over and over a few times while consuming a glass of Merlot but eventually it sinks in. I put the focus back on me and get ready to receive what’s already mine.