I haven’t posted since last Thursday. It hasn’t been out of a lack of wanting to. Really, it’s been a matter of A) having no time and B) having no post idea thrill me.
Honestly, I’ve used this time to really look at the blogging world. Particularly book blogging, considering that’s what I do. And, you know? It depresses me just a bit. There are all these visible and invisible rules. Some of which are just stupid.
New (and old) bloggers must learn from their peers
This is actually smart, but what actually appears to happen?
Bloggers copy other bloggers. Maybe not intentionally, but I see a lot of similar posts that pop up out there in the world. Especially with newer bloggers. (not accusing anyone. I have seen many similar posts to mine, so if this is an accusation, I’m also accusing myself)
Don’t believe me? Just take a look at a weekly retrospect or Around the Blogosphere thing. Some can be found at: Dudette Reads, Tea Between Books, Books for Birds, and many other blogs. With any close observation of any of these, it’s pretty obvious that the same topics keep getting brought up.
And that’s okay. Each blogger is allowed to put their own spin on something. But sometimes don’t you think it’s time to retire it? I mean, doesn’t there come a time when one post has been done a tad too many times? At least for awhile?
But the true sad thing for me is that young bloggers think they have to. Why?
Because it can be so hard to come up with a fresh, new topic! I only started doing discussion posts back in December. It’s frustrating. I have to keep a list on my iPod of what ideas I have and sometimes the day before I write one, someone else does it. Other times? I write it and post it only to find out that five other bloggers had the same idea this week. In many ways, this makes book blogging depressing to me. Sometimes it feels like there is only so much that can be discussed.
It’s not something to get discouraged over, though. There are still so many possibilities and solutions out there. How I know? There are some pretty awesome, unique bloggers out there. Take Notebook Sisters, for example. On first glance, they might seem like a regular book/writing blog, but check out all that sisterly humor and love. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but they do something different. Another different blogger would be the wildly popular Nose Graze. And I don’t blame her fans. The blog gives tips on blogging, Q&A’s, discussion topics I don’t always see elsewhere, AND those necessary book reviews. Not to mention she helps so many bloggers out with their designs and hosting. She’s even created a forum for book bloggers. There are many other bloggers I could include here as well.
I’m not sure that I’m a fully unique blogger. I only started doing discussion posts a few months ago, and honestly? I don’t see what separates me from other bloggers yet. It’s something that I’m working on and hope to improve over the next few months.