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Monday, December 22, 2008


Lately I've been doing quite a bit of blog hopping. I've started using Entrecard, so I'm finding tons of new sites to visit in hopes of generating new traffic and new loyal readers. (A sincere thanks to my current loyal readers....I do love you.)

There's an interesting phenomenon in the world of blog these days. It seems that there is a touch of repetition going on throughout the land. I've come across several sites that seem to have the same content. Well, no, not exactly the same - just the same topics. I'm not talking about holiday topics, either. Several blogs seemed to be running the same cookie recipes. They weren't in the exact same order, but they were the same recipes listed over about a weeks time. It's like all these authors are reading the same magazines and getting the same ideas around the same time. (or several somebodies are just "borrowing" ideas from other places...)

Granted, I come across content that sparks new ideas for my site. I generally keep a running list of topics that might be interesting to discuss. When I come across a topic that I feel might be of value here, I add the topic to the list for further consideration. Later, when I can't seem to come up with something, I consult my list. I'm sure I'm not the only person in the world who operates this way. I do try, however, to cite my sources when I happen to get exact content from another site. Or if I'm expanding on something that somebody else had to say - I always try to link back to them.

It just seems to be so coincidental that all these people in this same community are seeming to have the same information. So it leaves me wondering just who is copying who (if anybody is, in fact, doing such a thing). Of course, I'm not curious enough to try to track down the answer - only enough to observe and take note...


Michelle said...

I've noticed this trend too. What's up with that? I also joined ecard a few months ago and have met so many new and wonderful blog friends.

siteseer said...

I hadn't noticed, but then I've been waaay to busy lately. Ok, so I should be blogging right now. A girl's gotta take a break once in a while. Thanks for stopping by my blog

Peggy said...

I don't think there is that much copying going on as there lots of people that have a favorite cookie recipe. You do a poll to see what their favorite cookie recipe is and see how many 100's like the same one. Great minds think alot. I made peanut butter bon bons but didn't post a recipe. I saw 4 different blogs with that recipe. Same with other topics. We see or read something and write about it. Someone somewhere else sees or reads the same thing and writes about it. I may just be too trusting but I hope not.

Mom said...

Hey, Peggy, I have to agree with you. I think it's likely that these people are reading the same magazines and happen to write about it. It's just an interesting thought considering there were several of the blogs that I hit that had the same series of recipes.

I doubt people intentionally copy each other. It's much more likely that they see the post and then a few days later think that it's a good idea and start writing about it without really remembering where they saw the information in the first place.

To everybody - thank you so much for visiting and leaving me a comment. I really do appreciate the dialog.