Saturday, April 18, 2015

A to Z of Blogging: O - Originality

“An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.” ― Stephen Fry

Is it really possible to be completely original on your blog, post after post after post? Is there any such thing as “originality”? Whether it’s the topic, or the ideas, or the writing style, some of it is always inspired by another’s work, isn’t it?

Well, as long as it is “inspired”, it is good enough. It becomes totally un-cool, though, when it’s a direct lift-off. Nothing kills your blogging reputation as fast as when a Facebook friend posts a Pablo Neruda poem that you’ve been passing off as your own on your blog!

So, while it may not be possible to post 100% original content on your blog all the time, it is definitely possible to remain authentic and unique.

Here are a few techniques to ensure that your blog content looks original even if it isn’t.

How To Deliver “Original” Content On Your Blog?

  • Choosing Your Source of Inspiration.
    Jim Jarmusch said: “Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.” If something speaks to your soul, it ignites a creative fire within you and fuels your imagination. For example, this “Fiery Sunset” Vase, displayed on my craft blog, was the result of my innumerable conversations with the sunsets visible from my 7th floor balcony.

  • Speaking From the Heart.
    My Dad always says there are two types of singers: 1) who sing from their throats, and 2) who sing from their hearts. He keeps pointing out the two types when we watch singing reality shows on TV (like SaReGaMaPa), and sure enough, type 2 are the ones who usually make it to the top! When you create something (anything!) with your heart, it adds a special magic to your creation. That cannot be replicated.

  • Adding Your Own Perspective.
    Our perspectives take shape based on our experiences. And our experiences are unique. So when you add your own perspective to an old idea, you bring something new to the table. You give it a unique presentation. Mixing old ideas with personal anecdotes brings an element of freshness in your blog content.

  • Creating An Emotional Connect.
    We see/read a zillion things every day. Yet, only a few leave an impression on our mind. They’re the ones that were able to create an emotional connect with us. So try to add something in your blog content that touches an emotional chord with your readers. Doing so will give your content that little something extra that makes it stand out. For example, during this round of A to Z, I like how The Little Princess is re-writing tales from the Mahabharata in her own style.

  • Actually Being Original Sometimes.
    Too much of the same stuff is never good. Blogging about the exact same topics that everyone else in your niche is blogging about can dry up your creative wells and make your writing go flat. So you must always try to post something totally fresh every once in a while. This will also give new content ideas to the other bloggers in your niche.

In short, the idea might not be original, but the approach can definitely be so, right? That’s what makes your content stand out in the crowd. That’s what makes your blog original. As Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.”

So, is your blog content original? Is it authentic? What do you do differently to make sure your blog content stands out?

This is my 15th post for 2015 AprilAtoZ.
Link to the previous post: A to Z of Blogging: N - Niche.

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14 comments: said...

Great post! These are great tips and super inspiring. Cheers!

Arlee Bird said...

Original ideas are rare and probably don't exist, but taking an old idea and putting your own personal spin on it can seem very original. Plagiarism is never right and it's not original--stealing has been around since the beginning of time.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Wrote By Rote

Shailaja Vishwanath said...

Very well said. As long as your voice is authentic and from the heart, people will keep coming back to read :)

Chicky said...

Thank you, Catherine :)

Chicky said...

Very true, Arlee. Plagiarism is not attractive at all. I don't understand why people even do it, when "stealing", a.k.a. "taking inspiration from" other people's work is totally acceptable.
Thank you for dropping by :)

Chicky said...

Thanks, Shailaja :)

Rajlakshmi said...

I am always drawn to the style of writing... and love it when a writer has their own way of expression, it may or mayn't be an original idea.

Chicky said...

True, Raji. It's because of JKR's writing style that I've read the Twilight series so many times. That, and of course, Jacob Black! :P

the little princess said...

Hey thanks for the mention!! I was a little scared at first if someone would call me a copycat...but then I decided to give my own point of view to the stories and move away from narration and concentrate on the feelings of the protagonist....

In a way being original is hugely satisfying esp when you are doing it for yourself.

Thanks again!!

Shilpa Garg said...

Wonderful pointers, Kadambari! Writing from the heart shines through, always! I like writing which connects with me!

Vinay Leo R. said...

Yes. Originality matters and as Lee says, it's very rare these days. Of course, it helps when something inspires something original out of me.

Chicky said...

I suppose that's the reason it's working so well for you in this series. I hope you'll make a pdf of your series and give a copy to me so I can re-read it whenever I feel like traveling back to that era! :P

Chicky said...

Me too, Shilpa. Thanks for the words of appreciation! :D

Chicky said...

Oh yes, Leo! We all love a bit of inspiration! And as Sanch in one of the other posts in this series, life itself is one big source of inspiration!

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