Today’s topic of discussion is creativity and digital influencers.
So in the age of the bloggers and vloggers, instagrammers and the youtube famous the issue of creativity; we’re more often now seeing up and coming creators echo the works of the greater more settled digital influencers.
First of all, up until 5 years ago (in my opinion) blogging wasn’t really a thing. It certainly wasn’t at the level of popularity it is now.. As for vlogging, well, ‘vlogs’ were actually referred to as ‘follow me around’ videos.
Now that the road has been paved, more and more (including myself) have decided to bring their own voice to the growing circle.
But as is always the case with creativity, sometimes the writers block monster can pop up and desperation kicks in. Imagine a tumbleweed rolling past in your brain, representing a lack of ideas.
You’re stumped. Ya got nothing.NIL. Squat.Nada… (Ok I think you get the point.)
It’s so easy to look to other outlets for inspiration, and get ideas that aren’t exactly truly yours.
On the other-hand, it can also be laziness. Sometimes bloggers/vloggers see another get great success from one post or video or a certain use of editing or music and wham bam! It’s ‘hey that works, guess I’ll do it too’.
A lot of the time people want views. Hey I have a blog I get it. But seriously. I don’t think you’ll get anywhere by mimicking the work of another. Think about it. They got where they are because THEY DID SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
This idea of inspiration vs. originality came to me when I saw a twitter convo take place during the week between a few youtube vloggers.
The topic was youtuber Casey Neistat whose channel has grown by the millions in just a few years. Neistat is very popular for his impeccable, creative and stunning videography skills that produce the most beautiful raw footage. (And also his relaxed cool guy persona)
If you’re into vlogging he is your go-to for motivation and inspiration. However, others have also tried to imitate the youtubers vlogging style from music to angles to edits for their own road to success.
The argument unfolded when fellow youtube vlogger, Steve Booker, called out those who seem to be copycats of Neistat and how disappointing it is. But another twitter user felt Booker’s tweet actually had the potential to negatively affect others who might be considering starting a vlog channel or who are new vloggers.
Here the conversation unfolds in the following tweets by Booker, Neistat, and another vlogger; George Benson, as well as other fans of the youtubers and twitter users.
Neistat, who Ivell is actually a fan of, didn’t agree with his point that Booker’s tweet might dissuade other vloggers, felt that copycats ruin youtube.
In my opinion, he has a point. Because copying is pointless. What would people watch your videos when they’ve already got a source for that style content from another well-established channel. The same goes for blogs.
I try to be as original as I can, but I will acknowledge that some of my posts are similar to other pages.
It’s hard as creators to always be unique, Be you not someone else. But sometimes when you really idolise someone, or love what their doing you just want to hop on that trend and get going yourself.
The important thing to remember is that we all bring something different. The internet is a big place and there’s room for all of us.
Success takes time. But you won’t get far if you don’t work in your own style.
You were born an original, so why die a copy?
Love that quote. *Not mine, but I always see it on pinterest.