Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
There's nothing you can make that can't be made
No one you can save that can't be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It's easy - Beatles, The Blue Album
The Short of It
- Man, I had hit on it this time.
- Members only sections needed to come down.
- Free and Fast Company (among others) are showing the way.
- After my post, I got a shout out from a fellow blogger.
- Who had posted the exact same thing and maybe even said it better, shorter.
- Left me wondering about the collective unconcious.
- And how do I establish my own voice without so closely echoing others.
This has been bugging me.
My last post was, like most things I do, painstakingly thought out and wordsmithed. I've spent the last few years railing about members only sections and how exclusionary they are. How barriers are no longer necessary and are in fact detrimental in our new economy. I was getting energy and inspiration from sources I love like Fast Company and had recently been annoyed by a members only section I was trying to gain access to which was ticking me off.
And I said what I had to say.
And then I was tagged by a commenter, very nice gentleman by the way by the name of Chris Bonney, who linked me to his post which said the exact same things. I don't know if he got the MIT example from the Edupunk article I did, or if he simply knew about it through another venue but regardless, it was spot on. In some ways, his post was better because he was a whole lot less wordy than I am.
And now, I've been thrown into a moment of self-doubt. What in world do I have to say that is really unique? What am I going to add to the conversation that is new? Or was John Lennon right, there's really nothing that can be done that can't be done...by someone else.
Do I spend my life time searching for blogs that say the same things, then say something different? Do I just plug along and say what I have to and assume somewhere else the exact same thing is being said and don't worry about it? Is there really a collective unconscious and have I tapped into it? Or is the digital medium simply allowing me for the first time to find people out there who are eerily similar to myself?
I don't know, but I'm struggling today. My latest post that I have been working on is on a controversial topic that is very close to my heart. But I can't seem to finish it because I am wondering how many other blogs I should read before I post it just in case I say something too close to what someone else has said.
Is the association management conversation simply a bunch of echoes?
All you need is love....la la la la la.....