Disclaimer: Slightly off topic, but fun, just the same…
A funny thing happened on the way to clicking the “publish” button.
Here’s the story. The names have not been changed because no one is innocent enough to need protecting.
I read lots of blogs. No, I mean it….LOTS of blogs. In the beginning, I tried to be the dutiful blog commenter that we all try to be on every blog I visited. I soon realized that unless I wanted to give up all of my hopes and aspirations in my career, I had to whittle my commenting frenzy down a bit. But….I still read….LOTS of blogs.
It would seem intuitive that with all of the reading that I do each and every day, one of two things will happen. One…I will start to mix up my own thoughts, ideas and/or cleverness with those of the people that I am reading. Or two…at some point, there has to be a saturation point reached where all of the thoughts, ideas and cleverness have already been addressed or shared in one way or another. I mean, really….ideas for our blog posts have to be finite, right? There has to be some sort of “it’s already been said” point that is reached.
Well, this weekend, I was working on another very clever if not genius blog post for Social Media DDS. I keep a list of titles on my desktop sticky notes as they come to me. Many moons ago, I was having one of “those” days where I felt that I was on a collision course with life. You’ve probably experienced a day or two like that. The phrase that came to me at that time was “When Worlds Collide”. It rang true for that moment but my muse didn’t take me any further than the title. So I let it sit on my StickyNotes and just simmer for awhile.
And I continued my voracious blog reading habit. Stopping off at the likes of Lori Gosselin, Kaarina Dillabough, Bill Dorman, Melody Fletcher, TheJackB, Barbara Klein, Jeanne Hewell Chambers and Craig McBreen to name just a few.
So this past Sunday, I found myself suddenly re-loving “my” clever title of “When Worlds Collide”. This time, my muse and I were on a roll. The words flowed. I even cleverly back linked to a relevant post by Jack. And the image that I got from Fotolia was perfect. Yea…this was going to be legend….wait for it….dary….
I scheduled the post to run on Tuesday morning, 7AM sharp. I had that sense of accomplishment that most of us get when we get a blog post written. It’s off of our radar screen and we can get back to focus on that which lies before us. Monday night I had the dubious pleasure of sitting in on a zoning meeting and, to prevent myself from dozing off, I occupied myself by reading some blogs. I happened on Bill’s post for this week and glanced at his post from last week. Now, mind you, I had actually read that post AND I had commented on it. Guess what the title was….yup….When Worlds Collide.
And as if my subliminal title copying wasn’t enough, his more recent post for this week, Sucking Sand: When the Well Runs Dry had a back link to the exact same post by Jack that I used in my WWC post.
I panicked. For a couple of reasons. One, I had to quickly stop the scheduled publishing of my WWC post for the next morning. But two…has it come to this? Are no ideas original anymore? Have I so over-saturated my brain with the beautiful words and prose of so many dear blogger friends that I can no longer see the line that separates my words from theirs?
I shot a fast email over to oh-so-kind-and-understanding-Bill to share the weirdness of this story. With typical Bill humor, he wanted to know if I was “in his head”?
But the bigger question is…
Have we reached the point where we are all in each other’s heads?
This is not the first time that this has happened to me…Lori Gosselin and I have had a couple of “I can read your mind” experiences with ideas for posts.
Have you experienced this? What are your thoughts?