How Original Are We As Bloggers? | Rants & Rambles

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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.


This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:

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Disclaimer: I actually have NO IDEA where I’m going with this post! Once again, this was just one of my randoms thoughts that came to me a few weeks ago when I was thinking about new discussion posts ideas, so I am just going to WING IT! Hopefully it works in my favor!

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

[MovieMaker Magazine #53 – Winter, January 22, 2004 ]”
Jim Jarmusch

Starting this discussion off a little different by referencing a quote by Jim Jarmusch and his thoughts about originality. First, let’s define originality.

Originality: the source or cause from which something arises; a work composed firsthand.

According to Jarmusch, originality is a concept that does not actually exist and if I can be frank, I’d have to say that I AGREE! I don’t think that originality TRULY exists because we are all inspired by the things around us. An idea does not just simply pop into our heads. There is usually something that triggers our thoughts and bring about new ideas in the first place, whether we are conscious of them or not. So I always wondered why bloggers strive to be original in their content. If originality is so unattainable, then WHY THE HELL do we put so much  effort into achieving something that is out of our reach? Because we want to be seen? To be heard? What is even the point?!

In terms of books, when I’m reading I never go into a story with any expectations of it being an ‘original’ idea. Everything has pretty much been done before and recycled and used once again. BUT, HOW ONE CHOOSES TO REUSE THAT MATERIAL is what I’m looking at. These are what I call my PLOT TWISTS! I am a sucker for a good plot twist and sometimes it can be very hard finding a good one because I have a knack for putting the pieces together very early on in a book. So any book that manages to catch me off guard has successfully recycled old material. It’s not original by definition, but the creative spin that one adds definitely makes it stand out.

In terms of blogging, I see bloggers attempt to be ‘original’ with the content they post all the time. Some struggle, having no clue where to begin coming up with an original content. Take myself for example. When I decided to start my weekly discussions, it was NOT an attempt to be original, but I did wonder HOW ORIGINAL were my topics of discussions going to be in the first place. I mean, could I even write a discussion posts about ARCs or has it already been beaten to death? Could I discuss the struggles of being a book blogger or am I just repeating someone else’s thought? I’ve come to the realization that it is NOT about originality, IT IS ABOUT PRESENTATION AND EXECUTION!

PRESENTATION & EXECUTION 

We do not all view things in the same manner, so it is perfectly OKAY if our ideas overlap. I don’t think originality should be the goal per se, but rather the presentation and execution of these ideas is what should matter most. How you approach the subject is what is going to make you’re post stand out. Adding your own flare and your own opinions is what is going to differentiate your posts from another. Ultimately, if your goal is to be original, then I’m sorry to disappoint you, but you may be sitting at that drawing board for a while because I’m pretty sure whatever you come up with has already been done before. Worry about how you’re going to get your point across instead. SLAY THAT MESSAGE and make it memorable. Like the quote states: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to“, AKA the EXECUTION! If you somehow inspire another to write a post, then that sounds like a WIN to me!


I’m pretty sure my thoughts on originality is an unpopular opinion, but i’m entitled to one aren’t I? I’ve decided that I am going to go ahead and write some of my discussion posts ideas I had originally tossed out just because I’ve seen others discuss the same topic. I’m sure I can add my own thoughts that differ from those posts and I can make my voice be heard. Hopefully, I can present a different view that will make you guys think…or it could just be a HOT MESS…either one works for me!

That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!

What are some of your thoughts about originality? 

Let me know in the comments!

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18 thoughts on “How Original Are We As Bloggers? | Rants & Rambles

  1. This is a really interesting post and really got me thinking. I think that writers like to believe they’re original, that everything we create is new and brilliant because to us it is exactly that. But if every idea was unique and original and hadn’t been done before, then we wouldn’t have genres.

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    • This is so very true! Authors are always asked what genre their book would be marketed as and that means that there work has to contain certain elements that are seen in whatever genre their book fits in. This is helpful because at least we get some idea of what to expect when going into a book so we’re not going in completely blind. I would probably be DNFing a lot of books if I didn’t know what genre a book is 😂.

      Thanks for reading!

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  2. If we expect every story we read or every blog we visit to be unflinchingly original, then we’re going to be disappointed very frequently!

    You’re so right about the presentation and execution being the most important aspects of our writing. I’m still trying to find the right voice and style for my blog.

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    • I know I am more inclined to follow a blog if their taste in books is similar to my own. It’s okay if we have similar styles in reviewing, I just want to be able to be able to fangirl about books we both like.

      I know finding your ‘voice’ as a blogger can be such a struggle, I’m still struggling to find my own voice 😅. But as long as you keep at it, things will come more easily for sure. It’s all about finding your comfort zone and once you’ve figure that out, your personality will shine through!

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  3. Ari, I just want to start out by saying that I adore your discussion posts. They’re so well thought out (Truly!) and incredibly thought provoking.

    I actually agree with you 100% on this. I think the reason why we strive to achieve the unattainable is 1) because we’re human and when aren’t we? 2) If we didn’t strive to be “original” we’d be reading the same things over and over just continously stealing one another’s ideas and thoughts. I have a post coming up that’s based on a meme, but I’m not formally participating in it because I don’t want to and it’s just something new I want to try without that commitment. So, I tried to put my own “spin” on it to justify not participating. In the end, it’ll probably be formatted like someone else’s post. My spin will probably come from the title, and even that isn’t an original idea for me at the moment. Grr.

    Awesome post!

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    • Aww, thank you Carrianne. You are the sweetest!

      I think it’s great that your taking a meme that everyone does and putting your own spin on it. If I’m being honest, memes can sometimes get a bit tiresome and it’s the main reason why I haven’t done one in a while. But you could bring a new perspective to that meme and it make it your own. & don’t worry about if your post sounds like some other posts, as long as your personality shines through, that’s really all that matters. Your voice is a form of originality so don’t be afraid to use it. ☺️

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  4. I totally agree with this post! True
    originality is very VERY rare as we are constantly Bengal inspired, even if it’s unconsciously. So like you, though some plot elements can be unique, most books are recycled materiel but it’s really how the authors twists it up to make it their own.
    I believe it’s not really the content which makes the blog great, but it’s the blogger’s opinions and personality that should shine through.
    Great, thought provoking post!

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    • YES! A blogger’s personality definitely plays a role when I’m deciding whether or not I want to follow their blog. Any blogger who manages to make me laugh, I immediately follow them because I know I will never get bored with their content. I don’t mind if your post is similar to another, as long as your personality is shining through then that’s enough originality for me.

      Thanks for reading! 😊

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  5. This is such a great discussion post, and you bring up some really good points! Nothing is ever 100% original, and thus defining what “original” is, which makes “originality” a completely subjective term. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous discussion! ❤

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  6. Since writing discussion posts, I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I endeavour to make my discussion posts as ‘original’ as I can, but there are so many bloggers and I’m sure what I’ve discussed has been discussed in the past. For me, I think originality has gone down on the list of things I look out for when I read blog posts – I’m more interested in the arguments, perspectives, or opinions that people have. So, like you said – execution!

    So I don’t mind if bloggers weigh in on an issue that has been discussed ad nauseam at all! I think, with blog posts and most writing, striving to be original can feel like a very daunting and difficult task – though if people want to try and be original, that’s their choice and goal and I’ll support that either way. ^_^

    Great discussion Ari! 😀

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    • I love reading about someone else’s thoughts about a topic, even if it is one that has been talked about numerous times because everyone approaches a discussion differently. One person can be for something, and another can be against it, but as long as you provide a consistent and stable argument, then I applaud you. Plus, it would get so boring reading the same thing over and over again.

      Personally, I like discussions that leave me thinking. I also like to be entertained so any blogger that can make me laugh gets an A in my book XD!

      BTW, your discussions are always AMAZING, CW and I truly enjoy reading all of them!

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      • Absolutely agree! I love discussions that spur other discussions, and I think the fact that we’re all open and engaged with each other is something I love about the bookish community.

        AW thank you!! You are too kind! I try my best, hehehe.

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  7. This is such a fantastic post Ari!! I definitely agree with you that originality comes from the execution rather than the idea itself 😉 It IS really hard to come up with different topics but it is much more fun adding your own personality and style!

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