If you're a reader of many blogs (and if you're reading this one, then you probably are), you have likely noticed the amount of repitition that goes on in the blogging community. This is an expected outcome when there are multitudes of people who constantly post their thoughts, ideas, and opinions. With all of these posts, it's very difficult to come up with something very original. Even if you aren't copying somebody elses ideas, there is a high risk that the idea that you are posting has been stated by at least
one other person, if not many others. And yes, I am certainly aware that the very notion I am speaking of may have already been discussed.
But that's the problem! There's so much discussion going on, it is just plain impossible to be sure that it hasn't already been discussed before. A while back I wrote an article titled Would You Put WoW On Your Resume?
Little did I know that almost 2 years earlier there was an article written in Wired Magazine about the same exact thing, so of course I got a whole lot of "Old news" and "Unoriginal" comments.
This is the fear that I go through every time I come up with ideas to post on. It's pretty disheartening to go through the process of writing something that I think is original, creative, and exciting, only to find that it's old news. Imagine that feeling on a larger scale. It's as if you've come up with the discovery of a lifetime. The invention that will change the world. But once you do some research you find out that it's already been tried...a very long time ago, and guess what...it didn't change the world. Talk about a total bummer.
Most articles that I write, I don't write unless I think there is something valuable to communicate. I suppose this should be the goal of bloggers (although more times than not, it isn't). If I think it's valuable information, I get excited about it, because I'm the one holding the key to this information. It's a rather empowering feeling, and can certainly boost self-esteem if I'm right and it actually is
valuable to other people. So, when I come to find out that this information is already known, and I'm not
the almighty holder of important knowledge, it hurts. My revolutionary idea is just plain ordinary...
All this has effected me by making me weary to post anything that might
be unoriginal. Unoriginal is boring and if something I write is tagged as unoriginal and boring (by either myself or somebody else), than I might as well have done something productive with my time instead of repeating words that have already been said or stating things that are obvious to others. So, in a way, it deters me from writing my thoughts as much as I would like to. What about you? Do you often hold back your opinions & ideas (whether it's on your blog or in a conversation with friends) for fear of stating the obvious or repeating somebody else?