So many blogs and posts on various social media like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr are depositories of quotes made by others or reposts of articles by others without any added insight. Some people like them.
But when it comes to searching for original content, this noise congeals into a thick mass of flotsam you need to breach, in order to enter the warm aqua beyond.
So here are my solutions for increasing originality in posting per se:
1. Write your own quotes and articles. Everyone can think, everyone can write. Put it out there. Blogging isn’t a contest.
2. If you find a quote by someone else that touches you then attribute it, give it context, and share why you like it.
3. If you find an article by someone else that touches you then “like” it, link to it, and share a feeling about it.
Now, when it comes to quotes by others there’s something else that needs to be done if you want to post them.
Be sure it’s an actual quote. Don’t just rely on the quote being on the Internet as gospel. This goes for academic and business writing too.
You won’t believe how many people simply post quotes without checking their accuracy and context.
I saw a quote, supposedly by J.K. Rowling that made the rounds. It was an excerpt from one of her Potter books. Thing is, some fool “tweaked” it, and totally changed Rowling’s intent. Worse, otherwise intelligent people who were moved by it as a life lesson simply took it at face value and just forwarded it on.
Blogging is fantastic fun; many times it’s merely a personal outlet. But if it’s aimed at an audience, then there’s an onus. So reflect a little.