I’ve become a content consumer, not a creator. But I’m okay with that.
I’ve been blogging for a long time, but of late the need or urge to blog has waned, and I find myself reading more than I’m writing. In fact I missed posting anything the entire month of August this year. Maybe it’s because I am creating or at least designing all day long for a living that the pastime of writing a blog has begun to feel a little too much like work. When you write reports and emails all day the last thing you want to see on your off-time is a blank page staring back at you.
So the creative side of me has been on sabbatical, unless you count Instagram, but that is not creating so much as it is capturing. Sure it takes some creativity, but it is really just find beauty or interest in your surroundings. At least for most people like me, it serves as a creative outlet or a way to chronicle your adventures in photos, but as usual, i digress. My mom always said it was the Welsh in me, eventually i get back to the topic in hand, but it takes a while, days even. As a matter of fact, when I was young…. sorry, case in point there. Anyway…
Thankfully I have met many people who can create enough for me to consume. And I’m not talking about cat videos here, I mean real content. interesting, informative, well written content. WordPress blogs alone account for over 1.2 million posts a day. Sure, some of them may be just a retelling of their lunch order, but still, you have to figure a good portion of them are actually worth reading. And that is just WordPress, not to mention all the other blogging platforms and self hosted blogs… the numbers are staggering really, we create so much content constantly you have to wonder if there is anything you can contribute to it that is worthwhile, or hasn’t been said before. Thankfully, the answer to that question is yes there is, and a good chunk of that is created right here in little old London. Check out my twitter feed if you don’t believe me and see the people I follow. Many of them are home-grown bloggers and writers that keep me up to my ears in info and entertainment.
Also, thankfully, it is readily accessible, and getting easier to keep track of and save for later, or just clearer to read. Sites with all the ads and moving videos and whatnot really distract me from what I am reading, which is why I was so happy to the see Evernote’s “Clearly” extension for Chrome. The ability to take a visually busy site and hone in on the pertinent info is a godsend. At least to me. Whether you use Evernote, Circus Ponies Notebook, bookmarking, or adding to your reading list, even Dropbox and Box make it easy to hang into the important stuff, or just read them later at your leisure.
The world needs consumers. Much of our economy is based on that fact. So take solace in the fact that you and I are doing our part, even when not actively creating.