Why do you blog?
Do you do it because you love writing and have a lot of stuff you think someone else in this world of 6+ billion people might want to actually read what you are saying?
Do you do it because you are pretty damn smart when it comes to a topic?
Do you blog because sometimes you just need to let it all out?
Do you blog because someone has asked you to put your thoughts down someplace?
Do you blog because you are just too lazy to write a book?
If you said yes to any of these: CONGRATULATIONS! You are doing exactly what millions of other people are doing and you are doing it for the right reason!
Have you ever:
Written a blog entry with pretty much the same material as something you've read somewhere else recently?
Written about something you know nothing about just because it was the "hot topic of the day" on Digg/Fark/Reddit or any other user-driven news site?
Wrote a blog entry for the sole purpose of gaining attention, "fame" or just because you are a selfish prick?
If you answered yes to any or all of these, stop what you are doing and re-evaluate why you blog. The blogosphere is full of people who enjoy writing and are good at what they do. They know their "stuff" and there is a reason they are riding high on Digg!
It's amazing how many times I read something yesterday in the Digg Upcoming section about the Apple SDK, iPhone 2.0 and Spore release coming in June and September. I'm sorry but if the technology blogs from websites like Lifehacker, Ars Technica, Wired and Macworld, to name a few, are covering this and providing all the information, why do I need to read it from 32 other bloggers that are just repeating everything that has already been said.
Broken record news reports don't suck people into your blog or website people.
Be creative! Use some ingenuity!
I'll "Digg" you and "Shout" it to all my friends if you come up with something worth reading!
Please return the favor if you agree!
Have a great day!