The last paragraph in the linked piece is why I learned early on that for me to to do good research, I do not read anyone else’s work until my own idea is sorted out. Of course, you can end up redoing some basic stuff. But even that can be useful sometimes.
The linked article is about design, but it applies to figuring out research problems to solve, and then solving them.
Default templates are terrific for people who can’t or don’t want to design their own — but they’re terrible starting points for anyone attempting to establish their own unique brand. If you start with nothing, you’re forced to think about everything.
I always cringe when I hear people say: If you are going to work on that, do a literature review first. Nooooo.
(Ironically, my site’s is from a template. But I am not trying to establish a brand here, only to try to sort some stuff out for myself.)