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Are We All Blogging About The Same Stuff?
Are we all writing about the same stuff? Book blogs all do reviews, memes, blog tours, cover reveals, blasts, giveaways, and discussions.... is there something wrong with everyone doing the same thing?
A little while ago I read a post that someone did (and I can't for the life of me remember who... but if it's you let me know) which made me think really hard about book blogging. This post that I read basically talked about the originality of book blogging and how we all post pretty much the same stuff. Sure sometimes a blogger will come up with something unique and fresh, but for the most part we're all posting reviews on newer books, meme's like Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday, and discussions on all the same topics. And when someone does come up with something out of the box, it gets copied until like 20 people are doing a really really similar thing.
So my question is.... Is there something wrong with that? If we all have our own unique opinions on books and discussion topics, does it really matter that we're essentially all talking about the same thing?? Doesn't our opinions in of themselves make our post unique? I feel like yes. But I know there are a lot of people who hate that everyone is blogging the same way.
Here's my thing: I try really hard NOT to copy anyone. But just like in this post, I read something from someone else's blog and it got me thinking about this particular topic. And I do a feature about covers, which I know other bloggers do something similar. And I post weekly new releases, which I THOUGHT was unique when I first started blogging, but found out it's not. So yeah.... coming up with fresh content is tough. I'm always thinking about new discussion topic ideas... but let's be honest, if you're doing discussions on YA books and book blogging, there really are only so many things you can discuss. Eventually EVERYTHING has been talked about.
I just want you guys to know that for me- I don't get bored reading about all the same stuff. I like to read how each of you FEEL about books that I've read. I like to see what someone else thinks about a discussion topic I've already done. I also love seeing something I've never seen before. I love it all. Book bloggers everywhere unite!! Okay maybe I went too far there......
What do you think?? Do you get bored with everyone blogging similarly?? Do you wish people would be more original or are you happy with the way things are?
- And check out Emily's Post on this topic