Unfortunately, free templates, particularly Wordpress themes, are being produced at an alarming rate. At first it may seem hard to resist using a free template, but create your own and you'll be one step ahead.
Take the time to create your own original social icons. It will help you stand out from the crowd.
The Same Old Content
Try not to look for your next blog entry while scouring the many design and inspiration blogs you have bookmarked. Get away from your computer. Sit outside. Go for a long walk. Head over to your local book store. Trust me, other avenues will work.
A New Trend
Easier said than done, but not impossible. Continue pushing the envelope when it comes to navigation, layout and typography. With a little work you just might help the community slide into something new.
A Unique Name
Does the community really need another "Design Date" or "Inspiration Nation?" Your URL is important. It should reflect you and your content. Don't be generic.
Don't create content for contents sake. The web is already filled with enough trash. Create unique content and a unique design, it'll help cut down on the number of Inspiration Lists and give your users something valuable. Try it.