I haven’t bothered to do a search on the internet, but I’m sure there are already thousands of articles written on how originality, true 100% originality doesn’t exist anymore. And why would it? So many ideas have been redone, respun about a hundred times over. Heck, you’ve probably read several posts similar to this one already.
Everyone Shares Ideas
Take the film industry. How many times have movies had a sequel, series or a few remakes? I’m not a movie buff, but it seems the majority of movies are taken from books, loosely based on true events, comics, the North American version of a foreign film, real life stories or are the movie versions of television shows.
The same thing goes for music. There are so many covers of songs. DJs constantly take popular songs and remix them to sound like something different, but still familiar. In interviews, bands are always asked to cite their influences, who their music sounds similar to. A lot of the times, a certain song will sound like another song or a portion of the melody will have come from another song. That’s perfectly fine.
Bloggers are no exception. We are influenced by each other and get ideas for topics from each other (myself, included). The same topics get redone over and over again, some sound exactly the same as the others before it, whereas others put their own personal spin to it. Heck, sometimes the exact same topic gets posted within the same week by several different bloggers. Again, that’s perfectly fine. Popular topics will be written about and will drive people over and spark conversations.
I’m not dissing anyone in the creative industries. I think it may actually have been easier to come up with original ideas fifty or sixty years ago. We all share ideas. What I want to state is that being original can be HARD.
When someone comes up with an idea/design that is revolutionary and will change the way people live, people think, that is truly extraordinary. These are the people who think outside the box, whom other people think are crazy, but they have that vision that nobody else sees. At least not yet.
Prime example: the late Steve Jobs.
It’s hard for me to come up with unique, somewhat original, decent quality content. It’s one of the main reasons why I don’t post all the time. I’ll think of a topic that I think nobody or not that many people have written about, only to find out there are several posts out there about that topic already. Sometimes I’ll curse and say back to square one, but sometimes I’ll think I’ll just blog about it anyway and put my two cents in.
I Like Different Blogs for Different Reasons
I like a lot of personal finance blogs, but I like them for different reasons. It may be their easy to understand investing advice, their humour, their experience on important life events and how they’ve handled their money, their ability to open up and talk about how they feel and their ability to provide advice/guidance in monetary, technical, general blogging aspects or freelancing. Everyone has a story to tell and everyone’s story is a little bit different from the last. However in my opinion, there are very few blogs, maybe just a little more than a handful I’ve read so far that have a lot of unique topics on personal finance. Some that I have never given much thought about.
I’m sure there are many jewels out there to be found or maybe I don’t read your blog often enough to see that you too, write content that makes me think whoa, I never thought about that or glad someone brought it up.
Here are a few that stand out in my mind in terms of the consistency of unique personal finance topics:
( Please don’t bite my head off if I didn’t include you in the list. I still like your blog, just for different reasons. Your blog is your own and that still makes it unique to a certain extent).
Let’s also not forget that imitation is one of the greatest forms of admiration. Originality may be somewhat dead in the blogosphere, but the remixing of topics is alive and well.
And that’s perfectly fine. 🙂