Most Bloggers Are Lazy?

by Gary on February 5, 2007 · 2 comments

in Blogging,General

Lorelle at BlogHerald ponders whether bloggers are lazy in general. She deduces this because she finds the same old topics being discussed, OK, not even discussed, but referenced by scores of blogs, without individual contributions.

I don’t think there is something irksome in it, as long as posts are not plagiarized. Let’s be frank, some bloggers can write, and some cannot, and those who cannot, at least link to those who can. That’s why blogging is such a big part of the online social media scene; people can simply share links with their visitors without giving their personal opinions.

Personally, I don’t find such a vocation appealing, especially if you are really serious about pursuing a blogging career. There definitely has to be something unique on your blog in order to make people come again and again. If you just give links on your blog and copy/paste tidbits of others’ opinions, they’ll simply bookmark those blogs or subscribe to their RSS feeds without bothering to visit your blog.

Even if you just provide links, you need to do it on a large scale. Take for instance; it’s a comprehensive index of hundreds of RSS feeds updated very frequently and nobody would like to personally visit every link and save it, and then keep track of it.

Anyway, I digressed. The point is, you can be a lazy blogger if you simply wish to share interesting stuff with your visitors, but if you really want to make a mark, you need to come up with stuff that can only be found on your blog. Even if you cannot come up with something totally unique, at least express your point of view in such a manner that it’s totally your point of view.

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Lorelle February 6, 2007 at 6:22 pm

You are right on part of my point about lazy bloggers, and right on perfectly in your last statement. I believe that the content we write should inspire others to write more, not the same stuff.

My point was also about how much work it used to take in order to get your words published. You really had to be motivated to get those words out on the web. Now, it’s a few clicks to publish your perspective, so why aren’t we putting the energy that used to go into HTML, CSS, and such and putting that into our content.

For those who never experienced riding a horse drawn carriage for several hours over miserably rotten roads to go 10 miles don’t have much appreciation for the carriage when they can drive the same distance on smooth roads in 5 minutes. I guess if you haven’t been there, you have nothing to compare to. 😉

Ryan August 5, 2007 at 5:35 am

You know what? I can concur with Lorelle. People do wirte about the same thing, and it gets boring. I read this one site that supposedly helps you blog, and it suggested that you read other blogs and rewrite what you read. XP

What is the world coming to?
– Ryan