Chris Pirillo’s written a wonderful article called “10 Ways to Eliminate the Echo Chamber”, which is a great lesson in how an article title can attract attention, but the content not match the intent of the title, as I will be talking about tomorrow. The only reason I clicked the link was because I was searching for information on microphones and recording equipment. Honest.
But it also goes to show that you can find treasures under unrelated topic titles. What I found was a fantastic article on writing about hot and current event topics on your blog. The “echo chamber” Pirillo is referring to is the echo heard round the blogosphere of redundant links and essays on topics everyone is talking about. If everyone is talking and linking to the same stuff, shouldn’t you be a little more original?
His 10 tips will help you think original thoughts and write them on your blog:
Say something original at least once a day. Believe me, this is a tremendous challenge…There are times it’s just easier to regurgitate something that somebody else said. If you think it can’t be done, you’re not thinking hard enough.
My favorite tip, though, was to risk in your blogging:
Make yourself uncomfortable. I don’t do it often enough, but whenever I step outside my comfort zone – I grow. I’m an introvert at heart, and the only way I can overcome this social shortcoming is by being gregarious when my gut reaction is to retreat. When you force yourself to do something that you don’t understand, the results might be messy – but they’ll be genuine. It’s cool to swim alongside the cool kids, but it’s more cool to be in a clique of one.
It was so inspiring that ProBlogger’s Darren Rowse had to add a few points of his own.
All excellent work, guys!
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