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March 2, 2019
When it comes to the world of blogging, the community is full of a wide variety of bloggers – from personal style to fashion reporting and from creators to curators. But what’s the difference and why does it matter?
I want to start by saying that both types of blogs require hard work and talent to garner a following. They are both respectable arts, but by the end of this post, you will learn why I prefer one over the other.
In order to distinguish a difference, we first have to define each term. Creating is pretty obvious; it’s making something brand new from either nothing, or individual parts that come together to be something new and different. Curating, according to dictionary.com, is “to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation.” We are all curators in a sense–from our wardrobe to our home decor–but how do we go from curator to creator?
If you think about it, creation actually requires curation. In order to create an original image, the props, styling, etc. have to be curated by the creative director and stylist; in order to create an original dish, the ingredients have to be curated by the cook; in order to create an original body of text, the information must be collected, sorted by relevancy, and curated. Creators simply take the extra step in adding meaning and relevance to curation.
Think about your favorite blog, or even just any successful blog. What will you find there? Mostly likely it is purely original content: no stolen photos (yes, using photos that are not your own is illegal and considered stealing in most cases), no excessive quoting, no reblogging. Creating something new, as opposed to simply sharing something old, is held with more value in the blogging world.
My goal here isn’t to put down the curators (heck, I love curating – just look at my Pinterest or tumblr), but instead, I’d like to inspire creation. So I challenge you all to go the extra step to create something new, something original. Even if you don’t view yourself as a creative person, I encourage you to give it a shot. You just might surprise yourself.
Are you a creator or a curator? Which do you prefer in a blog?
Photo by Johnny Cheng.
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