Thursday, July 16, 2015

Déjà Vu

Ever find yourself repeating your ideas and themes?  Are you stuck in a rut of how to say the same thing a different way?  It can be difficult to always be original, but some things require emphasis.

Okay, at first glance, this looks like the same post I made just two days ago.  Some may wonder, did your website posting algorithm knot up?  Did you simply get early onset dementia and say the same thing?  The answer, of course, is no.  Instead, it simply goes to show that we often wonder if we’re repeated ourselves by saying the same thing in just a slightly different way.
Blogging on a consistent basis is hard.  There are, after all, only so many ways to describe grammar or how to use language without going overboard.  Can you really talk about the period or semicolon in a new and sexy way that you haven’t already covered?  And won’t people get bored if you keep doing this?
You have to search out new ideas in order to be a consistent blogger, and that’s tough.  Work, family, school – they all add up to take time from coming up with new ideas.  What happens, at least to me, is I find myself looking at the last minute for what to write about.  “Oh, shit,” I’ll say.  “Do I have a new topic?  My post is due in an hour!”
This is why writing down new ideas is key when you get them.  They might occur on stroll or during bowling with your kids, but you can’t just think, “Eh…it’ll be there when I need it.”  Get it on paper and check it against what you’ve already written – you’ve got time before your deadline if you do it this way, and your readers won’t find themselves in déjà vu all over again.
Plus, your readers won’t find themselves in déjà vu all over again…

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