Many times I’ve given up on the idea of posting about something because I though: "hmm… why should I post about that? People may think it was a stupid post, because everybody should know about this or the other…". At Alt.net I heard others expressing the same feeling.
I read some posts out there that are so insightful and in-depth that makes me think why post anything when there’s already a lot of great material posted by others.
I think I was looking at this from the wrong perspective.
For one thing, every once in a while I see one of my guru bloggers post about some little thing that I’ve known for years, and I’m like "hmmm, dang… I should have posted about that". 🙂
Another thing is the discoverability of the information. For instance, people that come to my blog are usually people who…
- …have seen me presenting at conferences or user groups, or
- …have read my articles, or
- …are my clients, or
- …come from the Visual FoxPro community, and knew me from there
All these people may not know about some of the great bloggers out there that I follow, or may not see the relevance of some of the information available out there, or it can even be that the information is presented in such a way that’s not easy for people to grasp, so I think it’s a good idea for me to aggregate some of this information, with links, comments, etc., and present it to my readers in the way I see fit (I mean, I may be able to find some way to make it a little easier for others to understand something important posted by other bloggers).
And last but not least, I can always come back to my own blog to search for things I may not know off the top of my head all the time. 🙂
So the bottom line here is: blog away! A simple post of yours pointing to somebody else’s post with a little comment as to why you think it is important may be very helpful for your readers.