The best thing you can do for yourself and other is to Just Be You. No matter if it is in person or through your writings online or in print. Nobody Likes A Fake.
From my time online I have noticed a trend. I may be wrong, and this may be nothing more than a rant, but it is easy to get blog hits when you are blogging what everyone else is blogging. A lot of people are tweeting and blogging the same thing. For instance I read a tweet that gave a link to a post that was well informative and by reading and watching the video I was moved. I retweeted the link in order to get the word out. However, I noticed over time a number of individuals were writing individual posts on the same topic using the same video’s and then pushing their own site out there. Not that there is anything wrong with that but it just made me think about my own blog and what I write.
Why not just ReTweet the original link and leave your thoughts on the original post to create and engage in conversation on the original authors blog. Wouldn’t that create community online? Or is your purpose to get people to just hear you, instead of promoting others? Just a personal thought.
If you look through my blog, Life Of Pursuit, you will most likely find that I have done the same thing in the past and of that I stand guilty. But, in my defense I have made a change. As I began to think and ponder more and more about my blog and online community, I want to be known for originality and what God is doing in my life in order to strengthen others in their daily pursuit. If there is something on another site or blog I don’t want to re-write what has already been posted. I want to give credit and direct your attention to the original place I gained insight.
I guess what I am trying to say is, don’t be fake, Be Original. Give credit where credit is due and build community by your originality and passion, not by getting blog hits from someone elses passion.
What are your thoughts, do you agree or disagree or am I missing something? What are some tips that you can give to create online community and just be yourself? Is your blog original or are the majority of your posts what everyone else is talking about?