Apparently, I’ve been on a blogging break. Didn’t really mean to do that, but I’ve not had much to say…okay, that’s a lie. I’ve had plenty to say but most of it was so opinionated that I scared myself when I wrote it. I stopped writing for a few short weeks, but I’m back and I have SO MUCH to talk about. First up…..
Originality. Unique. Different.
I like different. I am not a fan of the cookie cutter anything.
I love that one funky house in the neighborhood – you know the one. And on that note, I love old neighborhoods where the houses were each different. Different styles, different heights, different colors, different sizes… just different. I am not a fan of the modern subdivision with the six standard house styles, matching mailboxes, and standardized yards w/ approved fences. I know the whole property value thing… just not my style.
When I started on this blogging journey in January 2008 one of my favorite things about the blogworld was the uniqueness in the blogs. Sure there were some cookie cutters (and a few copy cats) but overall there was this wonderful difference in blogs – different voices, different structures, different styles and different designs. I loved it. There were no subdivisions with standardized yards, there were just originality popping out everywhere!
Something is happening…. so many blogs are becoming….well, all the same. I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve read in the past six months that are copycats. Where was once a unique blogging voice, I now hear an cheap knock off. Where I once read fun exploits, I now find promotional posts. Where I once found different, I now find….. subdivisions. Of course, subdivisions give you a collective voice and a more powerful presence. I’m not knocking it, just saying I miss more of the original voices.
Sure there are still originals, but commerce is choking off the different. I realize that I should like the pot telling the kettle it’s black and yes, I do blog for a few different places, but those are organizational blogs — they aren’t me. I’m still me, just here doing the blog thing when I remember. What about you – what’s happening in your blog world? Are you still walking along on the different path or are you joining the collective voices?