Tuesday, May 11, 2010

To Share or Not To Share

I've been thinking lately.  I'm kind of an idea person.  I have a lot of ideas.  I used to harbor dreams of making millions off of my ideas (ha!).  But I'm kind of wondering.  Just how many ideas should you share on the Internet?  If you come up with something that you think is original and creative, and you want to share it, should you?  I love the idea of sharing for other crafters like myself, but I hate the idea of someone else making money off of (or getting credit for) my original ideas.  Now don't get me wrong.  The first place I go for ideas is the Internet (and I try my best to point you in the direction of my original inspiration).  I get sooo much inspiration from other crafters, but if I have an idea that I know is an original idea, do I share it? I mean, I'm grateful that other people are sharing, and love looking at other people's ideas.  How do you all feel about this?  Really, I want to know.  So leave comments and let me know what you think: to share or not to share, that is my question.  Discuss.

16 comments:

Ashlee said...

Get a patent and cash in! That's my vote.

Jenglamgirl said...

I hear ya!
It depends on how great your idea is. If it truly is one of a kind.. I would get a patent for sure. Otherwise I think inspiring people is fab. I will say however, I feel as though a few bloggers have taken my idea (how much of that is true or not I dont' know, maybe they did see the idea somewhere else) and then created it themselves and never linked to my craft blog or threw my name in their posts. It was a little annoying, but OH' WELL, I guess it comes with the territory. You just have to make the decision on your own. Good Luck! Jenn

Rebecca Irvine said...

Publish your ideas in a book. Then you share, but you still make money off of the idea.

D&D said...

how about SHARE - and get a copyright for all materials on this blog! no one should steal your ideas and make money off them.

Nancy said...

Rebecca, I'm in love with the book idea, if I thought I could really get someone who wanted to publish my ideas, but I kind of think that's a long shot. Maybe I should ask you more about that though because you're a published writer! And if I really had a million dollar idea to patent I'd certainly do that, but I'm talking more like little ideas that people could sell on etsy, not big patentable things. If I had something like that I'd keep it to myself. And can you really copyright a blog? I guess I should ask my attorney brother on that one.

alissa said...

Nancy - Great question. I wish I had some ideas for you but I'm wondering the same thing! Not that I post a lot of original ideas, but it's something I've been thinking about too. Have you noticed how some people have 'copyright' noted on their blogs? I'm with Rebecca on the book - you have so many great ideas - a book would be perfect!
Alissa

P.S. - I'm bummed that I somehow missed your jewelry display giveaway!

Brie Wheelwright said...

My vote is also for a patent and then you can share and make some $ off of your awesome idea. Can't wait to hear it!

carli said...

Hey,

Yes you can copyright your blog. I am in the process of making a new blog (well my father in law is making me a new blog) and he added the copyright to it. I can check it out for you if you want.

Aubree said...

I don't really understand why people post tutorials and ideas on the Internet if they don't want others to use it, even to sell on Etsy. I don't think most people come up with an idea without being inspired by someone else's work, yet they aren't giving credit for that. Lots of ideas I see that are copyrighted or ask others not to copy are not that original. I can go on Etsy or even to the mall and find a dozen different products like that.

I only have about 2 tutorials on my blog so far : ) but anyone is welcome to use them however they like.

All in all, I think it is just fine to keep your ideas to yourself, but if you don't want others to use them, then do just that- keep it to yourself!

Leslie said...

I think you should just copyright your blog so you can share your talent. Have you considered creating them and selling them online like on Etsy or something? You could make money that way off of your ideas!

Toria said...

hmmm nancy- I would love to actually talk to you about this- don't worry, I wouldn't abuse your idea.
you have lots of good ones!
do a book- make it yourself, publishing books is so available these days. you'd be great!
also
I just bought a couple patterns off of the blog MADE (I don't remember the address, danamadeit? anyway., she posts basic tutorials and then sells more detailed patterns/ instructions. Since her pattern was cute and $6 and emailed to me, I bought it. ) Could something like that work for your idea?
maybe I'll call you one of these days. Just to talk about all sorts of things, cuz you're fun and I miss you!

Dawn said...

Tough question. If you do share you know someone somewhere will most likely make it into a profit somehow. I like Toria's ideas. I LOVE seeing all your fun creations though. You are AWESOME at everything you do! I can't wait until you get spontaneous and come see me. Your comment was cracking me up! Miss you:)

kimber said...

Good thing I'm so unoriginal and uncreative, I never have to worry about that:) Goodluck!

Sandra said...

Did I miss a total blog re-design??? I get what you're saying about having people copy your ideas. I would hate to see exact replicas of any of my projects. That said, lots of my projects have "been inspired" by things I've seen around. Good luck with your decision.

stacey said...

I'm with Toria, publish your book yourself using Blurb. They have all sorts of options for books. Then you own the copyright of the book, you can send people to buy it or buy them in bulk yourself and sell them how you want.

bledsoeblog said...

I just wanted to let you know Nancy that I made your jewelry display for a baby shower and posted it on my blog. In my blog, I gave you all the credit! You are amazing and deserve every last bit of credit for your wonderful tutorials! Thank you for teaching us how to be the crafty ladies we are!

http://thebledsoebulletin.blogspot.com/2010/05/sommers-luncheon.html