I’ve been reading a lot lately about ‘creation versus consumption’, and some of it has struck a real chord with me, and really made me think about the amount of time I spend ‘consuming’ in relation to that I spend ‘creating’.
I guess another way of labeling it would be activity versus passivity.
Now, I wouldn’t label myself a particularly ‘creative’ person, but when I actually thought about how I spend my time, I realized that I do a lot more ‘creating’ than I give myself credit for – I write my blog posts, I make You Tube videos, I take loads of photos, I crochet, I enjoy cooking new recipes and at the moment I’m organizing – and hence ‘creating’ – a big housewarming party.
I also consume (more than?) my fair share – I watch a lot of not-very-highbrow TV, read a lot of books, spend hours on the internet reading blogs and watching You Tube. But I do try and make my internet use as ‘active’ as possible – I comment on blogs and You Tube, I take part in forums and discussion boards, and generally feel as though I’m part of what’s going on.
As an aside, I think it’s quite odd when (as happened to me recently) I bumped into somebody who I used to work with years back and who I’m friends with on Facebook (they sent me a request about a year ago). I always assumed they didn’t use FB, as they never post, comment or ‘like’ anything, but when we met I realized very quickly that they were very obviously on FB all the time, as they had an encyclopaedic knowledge of my activities over the last year. Not a problem, obviously, as I put stuff on FB that I don’t mind people seeing, but just a bit … weird … that somebody would be lurking like this without taking part. Kind of a bit stalkerish, I think.
I also think the creation/consumption thing is particularly relevant to kids growing up in today’s world, and I had a chat to Will about it while we were away on holiday. He wasn’t totally on board with it – hey, what 14 year old thinks anything their parent has to say is at all relevant or useful!? – but I think it gave him food for thought.
Anyway, I have no idea whether I’ve made any sense at all with this, I just wanted to put a few thoughts down and see how it turned out.
This article is interesting, and one that I have come back to again and again during my quest to find out more about the creation/consumption principle, and I think it’s spot-on – well worth a read if you’re interested.
As a result of all of this, I’ve decided to make it a daily rule to create BEFORE I consume. I’m a morning person anyway, so I think it will work well for me. And I always feel less guilty spending an hour reading blogs if I’ve written something for my own first!