No New Ideas

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There are no new ideas.

I've heard this expression many times and I agree, I don't think there are any truly original ideas. When it comes to writing, film-making, drawing, whatever, there really aren't any new ideas. Anything you can think of has already been done, usually a hundred times over.


So what does that mean for you, should you just give up and not bother?
If your idea has already been done, and done well, what could you offer?

This is a problem I often find myself faced with. I'll come up with an idea for a blog post, or an idea for a photo, or something else, and think it's the best I've had in ages. Then I'll find out that someone has already done it. I'll check out their post/photo/other thing and think to myself "I couldn't possibly do it better than that".

My enthusiasm disappears.


The idea I had could've been the best EVER, it could've been the blog post that goes viral, but someone has already done it so why bother...

Well you should bother, and here's why...


Yes, there are no new ideas but the idea that just occurred to you will be coloured by your experiences. The idea itself may be old but the way you interpret that idea is completely unique.

We may all have the same ideas at varying times but each of us have our own way of writing, we each have our own 'voice', our own style. No one can write a blog post the way you would, they can't interpret things the way you do. They are not you.

Just because an idea has been done before does not mean that you shouldn't give it a try.

When you start writing a blog post you add your uniqueness to it, the magic that is 'you' goes into every post. Your experiences and memories colour every idea, making all of your ideas unique. 

Your view of the world is no less valid than someone else's.

Perhaps you'll improve on the original idea.
Perhaps you'll have a different interpretation.

Either way, do not be afraid to try something just because it's been done before.

No one else could express the idea the way you will.

So, go on, take the chance.


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34 comments:

  1. Love this! I work as a journalist and dancer both creative and there's that whole deflating saying 'there's no such thing as a new idea' but this blog has spurred me on with my ideas thank you x Sophie Mei Lan

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    1. I'm so glad Sophie! That was the point of the post, to make people realise that it doesn't matter that the idea has been done before. Thank you. xx

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  2. An interesting post! I suspect that we all have common themes and threads in our lives that make our blog posts not necessarily unique. For me, it's all about how you write about it and injecting humour into a post is usually a bonus.

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  3. Spot on Morgan it is about voice we are individuals but as parents we all share some experiences it is how we respond to these that is different. I often read posts about the same topic that are vastly different. Variety is the spice of life.

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  4. I so agree that's it's often the 'voice' that makes a post new and different, as well as new twists and a fresh approach.

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    1. Exactly, just because someone has written about a subject doesn't mean you can't. Thanks for stopping by. x

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  5. This is a really good post and such a true point. It is the individuality of each person that gives an idea its individuality. #pocolo

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  6. It's always sods law when you write a post or think of an idea and then just before publishing you see someone else has just published the same idea. I've got a couple of posts in draft waiting to go but just waiting for that person's to be out of memory before mine go live!

    I think it gives me the impetus to do a better job (hopefully!) #pocolo

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    1. I don't think it should be about competition, doing better or worse than the other writer, I think it's more about how YOU write the post. As long as you do your best it'll be great - get those posts out there! ;)

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  7. Hi Morgan, I totally agree. There has been the odd occasion when I come across a post that is similar to one I had been planning, when that happens it doesn't put me off writing it, I just put it on the back burner for a bit (usually until I forget about the other post being so much better than I can do).

    Everyone of us sees things differently, we write things differently and we interpret things differently, so as you said don't give up on an idea just because someone else has done it already, as long as you write it as you, there's no problem.

    xx

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    1. I avoided topics on purpose because other people had already written about them but I've realised that that doesn't matter. It's about what I think about the topic, and if I write from the heart then I have something to be proud of. x Thanks Debbie. xx

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  8. great post. I've had many moments of "I wish I'd thought to write about that" but also others where somebody's take on something has inspired my own.

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    1. I often think "I wish I'd wrote that", but then if you're inspired to write an epic comment on someone's blog perhaps there's a blog post in there? Maybe save your epic comment for a blog post and link back to the post that inspired you. I've done that a few times. :)

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  9. Love this post - it's so true, we all have our own voice and outlook to contribute. x #pocolo

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  10. Love this. It's so true as we all write about similar stuff, but we all do it differently because we're unique. #brilliantblogposts (Rest after Linky catch-up!)

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    1. Thanks hun, hope you enjoyed that rest. x

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  11. Brilliant and I totally agree. We each have our own unique story to tell and we each share it in our own way. I think Rhyming With Wine originally came about as I felt that whatever I wrote would have to be different otherwise wouldn't I just be copying? (Hence the rhymes). I'm a bit less hung up on it now as I can see how individual we all are, even if we write about the same topic. I love it!

    Thank you for hosting.
    Dawn x
    #PoCoLo

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    1. Thanks hun, I love your rhyming, it is a new way to view parenting. :) xx

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  12. Yes, this is such a big problem with ideas! Especially when you see something similar just after you publish something & worry that they will think you copied, even though you hadn't seen their post previously! I think you're right though, it's about the take you put on it. I do think that certain topics (usually the current news type ones) can reach a bit of a saturation point where everyone is writing on them, & there are only so many different things to say about the issue so it gets a bit samey. But when you're talking about more general themes, personal voices and experiences stop the writing from being the same. #PoCoLo

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    1. I think you're right about current affairs, it can be a bit samey sometimes, but also I think if you have an opinion and want to write, you shouldn't be afraid to do so. :)

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  13. I am so TOTALLY and UTTERLY with you on this! I have to so that so many people worry about what others are doing instead of focussing on what they are doing. We may not be able to invent the wheel any more but we can model one into our own design :) #PoCoLo

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    1. Exactly, thanks Vicky. I struggled for a long time with this and I'm so glad I finally realised it doesn't matter. x

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  14. Loved this post! So true! You are you and that's what makes the difference. We should acknowledge the source of inspiration and put our own spin on it. #PoColo

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  15. Interesting post Morgan and you're right - we all add a bit of ourselves to our posts or ideas and that's what makes it ours.

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  16. Love, love, LOVE this post :) I think the reason for feeling like there are no new ideas out there is because, deep down, despite our differences, we all have similarities and common ideals that bind us together. Without that, we wouldn't connect over things in the way we do. So it's kind of a good thing that we are never so wildly unique that nobody has ever thought the same thing as us before, don't you think? That being said, we all bring something special and unique to us to whatever we do and that is where the beauty lies - just as you say, only YOU can write (or do whatever it is you want to do) in the way that you do so. Here's hoping you can take your own advice next time the doubts start to nag away at your enthusiasm about a fab idea!!

    Popping over from #sharethejoy

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    1. Thank you so much Amanda, and yes I agree that it's a good thing we're not so wildly unique. I'll try and keep those doubts at bay in the future. ;) xx

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  17. Absolutely Morgan! If there were only 1 or 2 books/films/blogs/whatever with no alternative 'voice', well life would be a bit boring really, let's face it! #pocolo

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