I blame Timothy Ferris. And blogs.
Timothy’s book, the Four Hour Workweek, showed lots of folks the path to carefree happiness, by selling other people’s products and outsourcing just about everything in your life.
Blogging encourages linking. That’s cool. It also encourages copying. That’s not. How many ’10 ways to grow your blog’ posts can we really write, anyway?!
Enough already – I’m making a commitment to being original. Hopefully a few of you can do the same. I solemnly swear to:
- Make sure the idea comes first.
- Contribute to the discussions I see on other blogs, rather than simply quoting them.
- Offer an opinion that helps my readers make a choice.
- Quote others when it enhances my writing, not when the link might get me some attention.
- Not write any top 10 lists for the next 2 weeks.
Revolutionary, I know. But in an age when reporters are parrots and blogs are becoming copies of one another, it seems like it’s worth doing.
Try it – 2 weeks of original thought. It’s good for you.