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Producing Content VS Consuming Content

It’s so easy for billions of people to create content nowadays. It’s also easy to get lost in the information of others and never create your own. Seeing a lot of content from other people can make you shut down and stop creating your own. It’s easier to scroll social media and enjoy the productivity of others rather than creating. In this article I will talk about the advantages of producing content rather than consuming content.

Producing content

Content creators need to spend more of their time creating content rather than consuming the content of others. Those who do not give, can not receive. As a creator, do not simply sit back and enjoy the content that other people have produced online. You will only make income by producing your own content. You need to shift your mentality. Try to find more enjoyment in producing content rather than watching the content of others.

Consuming content

It’s simpler for most people to relax and enjoy content created by others rather than producing their own. Many people like to enjoy a television show or news broadcast. They have no desire to produce their own TV show or host the news. However, without becoming a media producer yourself, how can you make money in the content creation industry?

People like to watch the productions of others to get ideas for things that they can make content about too. That is fine. To a certain extent. A problem arises though due to the addictive nature of social media apps. If we consume too much of other people’s media, we forget to produce our own. When we do produce content, it suffers because most of our energy for the day has been taken watching others. As a creator, try creating your most important content first thing in the day before watching others. For more information on this morning mentality, I have an article explaining the power of accomplishing important tasks first thing daily.

Conclusion

When everyone is a content creator it is easy to get caught up in watching the content other people create and consequently not creating your own. Take a look at other people’s content from time to time but do not let it influence you too much. If you spent all your life consuming other people’s content you would lack originality and create nothing of your own. The lesson of today’s blog is to be more of a producer, and less of a consumer of content. Otherwise your voice could get lost in the shuffle of the internet.

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Content Creator Tip: Create Consistently

In this blog post I will write about the importance of consistency as a content creator. There are several reasons why you should create content consistently. I will explain these reasons and offer you some motivation to create your content.

Why create consistently?

As a content creator, there is power in consistency. News organizations, for example, broadcast daily. Viewers of the news get into the habit of consuming those broadcasts and it becomes part of their daily routine. If one day the news broadcast decided not to air, they would lose viewers because the consistency of the schedule would be broken. News organizations broadcast information daily and consistently to enforce a subtle and hypnotic power over the citizens of a nation. By broadcasting a steady stream of information, they constantly reinforce that they are the ones you should trust to acquire data. The internet has revolutionized broadcasting and empowered you as an individual to be your own independent content creator and I think people should capitalize on this new freedom.

The show must go on

The goal of any media organization is to get you to keep consuming their content. Most people understand how this works. Media organizations often run ads before or alongside of their content in order to generate income. This website is no different. As an independent content creator I need to attempt to make an income as well. If media organizations stop producing content consistently, they generally will not have an income. They need to keep finding new content to create in order to keep you, the reader or viewer, watching.

Become the media

There’s an old saying, if you can’t beat them, join them. As individuals we should try to become broadcasters ourselves. I have become tired of regularly watching overpaid news broadcasters on television reading me the news from teleprompters. We should try to become our own broadcasters of information and stop relying on large media conglomerations. One of the best ways I have found to do this is through apps like TikTok. Other good ways are blogging, and YouTube.

Easier than you might think

I used to think it would be tiresome and difficult to start a YouTube channel or a blog, until I decided to just do it. The idea that you can possibly earn even a small income from your thoughts, ideas, and content is very motivating to me. I believe almost anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Being a content creator can be a lot of fun. You get to have your views and opinions broadcast out to the world. Also, you can build influence, meet new people, share ideas, and ultimately live a richer life.

Conclusion

As a content creator, you should be producing new material daily. In doing so, you become like a news organization. Eventually, people may turn to you for your content in order to help them in various ways. When they do, there’s a chance you can earn income and that can allow you the time to produce more content. It has the potential to become a rewarding career path or side business. I feel that being a content creator is one of the most enjoyable professions you can have, especially if you are a creative person.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Creating Timeless Content

In this post I am going to write about the idea of creating content which is timeless. I’ll explain why this can be beneficial to you as a writer.

There are many different types of blogs. Some discuss current events. Others discuss topics which don’t really have a date or time attached to them. There are advantages to each approach but I feel as a blogger it would probably be in your best interest to create content which is timeless.

Longer Relevance

Imagine you write an article about the latest iPhone. This article could have relevance for a period of time, while that phone is new and people are interested in it. Eventually though, that article will be viewed less and less by people because a newer iPhone will be produced and individuals will want to read those articles instead. Occasionally someone might go back to the older article to see what the features of the old phone were like, but it won’t be as many as when both the article and phone were new and fresh.

Now, Imagine if you wrote an article that could have relevance for years to come. For example, you could write an article called “5 Ways to Deal With Stressful Situations”. People will likely face stressful situations 10, 20 or even 200 years from now and still find your article relevant and interesting. Try to write content that is timeless and can maintain relevance for years to come.

There is some benefit though to documenting daily events, as news websites do. Simply documenting day to day world events on a blog can serve as a point of reference for people doing research in the future. However, there are already many news websites doing this. Unless you have your own particular opinion or viewpoint on a situation, it might be best to leave the documenting of world events to those professional news organizations.

Make Your Writing Universal

If you want your writing to have lasting relevance and appeal to a wide range of people then you should write about topics which almost everyone deals with. There’s nothing wrong with writing in a niche but if the subject you’re writing about will not be applicable to people in the future then I would not expect your writing to have long lasting relevance. Copies of the book “Windows 95 for Dummies” are in all probability not currently flying off of the shelves at your local bookstore. Although maybe at one time it was.

In a nutshell, if you want to produce writing which is timeless and someone might read 500 years from now, try to focus on universal and timeless topics, such as are discussed in philosophy. Questions like: “What is the best way to live your life?”, “Does money bring happiness?”, “What is right and wrong?”, “How can I motivate myself to achieve success?”, etc.

Think about timeless books from the past. “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, by Dale Carnegie. The book is widely read to this day because it deals with something universal to so many people.

Conclusion

In conclusion and to reiterate, try to create content that is timeless. Imagine someone is reading your work 500 or 1000 years from now. What will they get out of it? Most likely historians of the future will look back on our writing today and study it for insight into how we lived. They will be more interested in how we thought and how we reasoned and less interested in what the latest iPhone feature was.

©2020 Richard Gillespie