If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that here recently, the couple of topics I chose to write about is saturated – in the sense that, the same topics have already been blogged about and discussed by a lot of other bloggers in one form or another.
Now; don’t get me wrong here. It is not that I don’t have or can’t think of any unique subject to talk about. I got plenty of those. Besides, I don’t know if it is just me or what? I always find a lot of things that other bloggers have missed to address, even on some popular topics which are often addressed and discussed all around the blogosphere.
What inspired me to write this post is an email I received yesterday from one of my blog readers. In the email he mentioned that the recent articles which got published here, particularly, tags and categories and do follow nofollow have already been talked about by hundreds of bloggers out there. He went as far as saying that I was hijacking contents from other bloggers. Well, needless to say, I was a little offended at first when I read the email. But now when I think about it, I want to thank him for motivating me to write this post.
So, why do I still talk about these already discussed topics? Before I jump into defending my blogging actions, I want to present forward a question here;
What is blogging all about?
Blogging is really not just about writing what needs to be written. It is about presenting topics and discussions that are going to help the present and future audience of the blog. Bloggers work hard to be creative in order to provide more accurate, helpful and informative materials regarding the topic under their radar.
Bloggers write about what they have seen, learned and experienced with passion. And most important of all, they strive forward to provide information better than others and capitalize on what their blogging counterparts have missed to address.
They aggregate, analyze, categorize, research and present news, reviews, facts and figures from around the web, that are going to be significant for their audience – even if it means talking about a topic that a lot of others have already talked about!
So WTF is content hijacking or regurgitating?
Now if my blog reader had read my posts thoroughly and even compared them with articles written by other bloggers on the same topic; he would have figured out that the things I emphasize on or the way I present my views regarding the subject matter is totally different. Of course, the universal facts and the technical stuffs are not going to change but I have clearly added value by offering what others have failed to offer.
Yes, creating unique contents is of utmost importance. I don’t disagree with my reader there. But what really makes the content unique?
If you really think about it; most of the topics that is blogged and discussed about is hardly a unique topic. I don’t know about the actual statistics but from what I think more than 98% of the time, the discussion revolves around the topic that someone else or the blogger himself/herself has already talked about before, in one form or another. This means less than 2% of the topics that bloggers talk about in their posts are totally unique.
The truth is knowledge goes around in a cycle just like everything else in the universe does. New becomes old and old becomes new again. Old becomes new, when you as a blogger put your own unique spin, experience and angle to the topics under discussion. This is what makes it unique, interesting and fuels your readers desire to read more of what you have to offer.
Everything including knowledge goes around in a cycle. The blogger’s exclusive perspective, creativity and his/her own experience regarding the topic is what makes the old topic new again; this is what makes it unique and fresh again no matter how many have already talked about it before.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with me here?
Here’s to your successful online endeavor!
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