Blogs are just as much online communities as forums are. Whilst with a blog the author makes much of the content, really good blogs involve interaction through the comments feature. In this post I want to write about the dangers of using other blogs for inspiration for your own articles.
If you are committed to your blog, I would suggest making at least one post per day – something which I always try my best to do. It can be harder on some days than others to find the inspiration to write an original article. Writer’s block can extend to bloggers too!
During these moments of ‘blogger’s block’ you may start to remember posts you have recently read on other blogs and decide to write an article on that subject. Whilst there is nothing wrong in using other blogs for inspiration, you have to be careful.
The dangers of using other blogs for inspiration
Are you adding anything original in your article, or are you just regurgitating the same information and opinions as the original blogger?
When relying on other bloggers for inspiration it is easy to find yourself simply republishing their article, but in your own words. Not only can this lead to accusations of plagiarism, but you are damaging the value of your blog – you are not providing unique, original content. Why should users visit your blog when it offers nothing but reused articles?
Secondly, I would assume that most of the blogs you read are relevant to your area of interest. This area of interest is also likely to be the subject of your blog, right? Most bloggers do the same as you – therefore it is likely they have also visited the same or similar blogs to you before they visit yours. The last thing they want to see is an article on your blog about the same subject they have just read on other blogs they have visited.
I am personally finding this becoming ever more common – of the ten or so blogs I visit on a daily basis, I find that once one blogger posts about something rather unique many of the other bloggers jump on the bandwagon.
This is boring – I don’t want to read about the same thing in every blog I visit! Be unique and offer original content – if you want to use other blogs for inspiration perhaps dig around their archives for ideas rather than relying on the most recent articles which will be fresh in the minds of readers.
Your blog will only be successful if it offers unique, valuable and quality content. Be careful when drawing inspiration from others, as it can be all too easy to lose sight of these goals.