I was experiencing a bit of writer’s block in 2015 and I thought I had come up with the worst idea of my life… then I soon realized my idea was exactly what everyone does on the internet.
7th Grade Flashback
7th Grade was the year I got to learn how to write an essay. The teacher outlined the process like it was making a sandwich. Writing was that easy!?!?!? I can make a sandwich, surely I can write an essay!
9th Grade Terror
I spent the next 2 years in heaven. I could put the craziest crap that I wanted to on a piece of paper and since it was an essay… you had to believe it. Then 9th grade happened. That is when I learned that I had to cite my sources… and math soon became my favorite subject.
So, back to my crazy idea. My idea was to basically flip through old notes that I had taken from various seminars and whatnot, reword it… and BOOM! Unlimited content!
One example of these articles was about a million dollar race horse.
The reason this entire idea came into my head was that I was listening to a motivational speaker the other day, and I quickly discovered that he stole my idea. Well, actually he didn’t. He recorded the speech I was listening to around the same time I wrote that article.
So, who stole the idea?
We both did. This was actually a joke that Zig Ziglar told, that we both just took the idea and ran with. The joke was, would you keep a million dollar race horse up all night drinking smoking and eating like crap? What about a $10 dog? $5 cat?
Then it got serious… a billion dollar body?
The internet has become a game of telephone
Do you remember that game in school? Someone comes up with an idea… spreads it through each person… you start with something like George Washington didn’t tell a lie… and you end with George Washington had wooden teeth that he made from cherry trees he chopped down.
I had a teacher one time make us go back on the game to see where the story fell apart. That was the best part! No one knew!
Bringing it all back
Think about that game… now think about the internet. Everyone can have a blog. The story gets to be told a million times. Maybe at the end of the day, it isn’t actually fake news. We just didn’t hear the news right the first time.
Thanks for reading,