I consider myself someone who actively avoids engaging in any type of online drama. This isn't because I like to sit on the fence, its because I learnt the hard way that 9 times out of 10 your opinion really isn't going to add anything to the situation. This goes for all walks of life, not just online scenarios. Arguments with siblings, parents, boyfriends, girlfriends, wives, husbands, friends.... Sometimes contributing your 2 cents worth really wont add to a positive outcome, no matter how much of a good idea it seems at the time.
Only with age have I come to realise when to, and when not to share my opinions, a skill which has taken time to master. Putting it simply, I like to avoid negativity, because it breeds. I'd rather spread positivity any day, which is what this post is all about.
Its tricky when so many of us like the same things, wear the same things, and buy the same things, to avoid looking like we are imitating each other, "copying" each others blogs, photos, idea's whatever. I'm not talking about full blown plagiarism and mimicking a blog to the tee. I'm talking about being inspired by what someone wears, writes, or photographs, and wanting to recreate something of your own to inspire someone else the way you were.
I used to follow a lot of blogs, I still do to some degree but there's a select few that I check religiously simply by typing the address into the URL bar, not by checking my google reader. For me personally, that signifies its one of my favourite reads. When you're in a community such as beauty, fashion, or technology for example, interlinked with blogs, videos and tweets all with the same shared interest, its only fair to say that you are going to be aware of what people are talking about in terms of trends and whats happening in the industry.
There was a time I remember when a new Mac Collection came out 90% of the blogs I read had posts talking about it, and that still happens to this day. Of course we dont want to read the same piece of information over and over again, but thats not what its about really is it? Its all about the actual content in my eyes. Its so important for a blog to have a down to earth, human voice, that ultimately readers can connect with, otherwise its nothing but a collection of organised words and sentences.
Its strange to think that if someone discovers a new product they love that they wouldn't necessarily want to blog about it or share their thoughts about it because lots of other people were blogging about it too. I have been guilty of this in the past, but after blogging for 2 years now I've learnt that really it doesn't matter how many bloggers write about the same things. This is why I say Blog like you read no other. Imagine if you didn't read any other blogs, would you think twice about uploading a review of something that you absolutely loved? Do you love something any less because lots of other people do too? I know that I dont. I just think its so important to not take yourself, or life too seriously, and its very easy to do just that in this virtual world we have created for ourselves.
I'm not here to tell anyone how to blog, just to lighten the mood and say try to take blogs and online communities at face value. You give a little love and it all comes back to you :)