Hi. My name is JennyKate and I have some thoughts on blogging.
Wrote a song about it. Wanna hear it? Here it goes.
OK, not really, but I have been thinking of some things and I decided to get them down on the blog for posterity sake.
The first thing I'd like to talk about is originality. It has come to my attention this week that Bloggers become very offended when they know/think/suspect that someone has stolen an original idea and I totes understand that. I do. Really.
The world of blogging is a funny place. There are so many flippin' bloggers out there in the blogosphere. It's ridiculous really.
I found this quote on The Blog Herald, "I don’t think the blogosphere is quite mature yet. Technorati currently states it is tracking over 112.8 million blogs, a number which obviously does not include all the 72.82 million Chinese blogs as counted by The China Internet Network Information Center. Blog statistics often concern the English language blogosphere but we should not forget about the millions of other blogs that are not always included in estimations." That was dated February 2008. So, you can imagine how many blogs there are today.
Do you know how hard it is to be legitimately "original" when there are that many people doing the exact same thing you're doing. I would say it's nearly impossible. There is someone somewhere who has probably wrote about this exact thing. I'm sure of it.
I like to compare the world of blogging to Planet Earth. We humans, who occupy Planet Earth, often start thinking that we're the only living breathing creatures out there. We tend to think that there can not be anybody like us...no where, no how. Srsly? This is a big freakin' place. There are millions of planets, solar systems, galaxies, and universes. To think that we're the only living breathing creatures is being close-minded...and pretty egocentric.
Same goes for blogging. I think a lot of us get this mentality that we're a BIG fish in a little sea, when really it's just the opposite. We're all (even you...you Celebrity Blogger) just little fish in a BIG FREAKIN OCEAN yo.
There are probably thousands of people who have had the same idea as you.
I always remind myself that there is someone who has said it better, wrote it more eloquently, been funnier, had more wit, and said it with more style than me.
We just have to be the best us we can be...and try not to step on anyone's toes while we're doing it.
But let me tell you, it's getting crowded up in here.