It’s a scam that needs to be rejected

Somewhere a while back I wrote a post (or maybe it was a comment when someone else was rambling on about ‘content’), that went something like …

“book, novel, short story, article, white paper, promotional piece, advert, painting, sculpture, song, opera, photograph 1 … please … anything … anything but ‘content’

Why?

Because as long as ‘we the creators’ fall into the trap of using ‘their’ words to describe our work, our soul, our passion, our beliefs as ‘content’, then our work will continue to be viewed as ’free – to – cheap – to – low – cost’, as ‘homogenized, non differentiated, interchangeable fodder’.

.. and if that is the case, then the resultant payment for your art will continue to race to the bottom. It is not in our interests to allow that , so why allow their interests to define how we think?

Content is a horrible, generic, cheap, anything will do kind of word. Which is why ‘content has no value. It is in the best interests of buyers of our sweat, labour, thought and time to keep price down. But our costs are not kept down. So our earnings suffer. And they are suffering badly.

It isn’t in the interests of buyers to change their behavior and vocabulary. So we should. Starting now.

Bottom line – artists are never content. They are always striving to improve. So why be content with content. Call it like it is …. you do so everywhere else!

I just discovered this snippet and wanted to capture it properly in my newly emerging archive of ‘words wot I writ’ (sic)

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I have been ‘PAUSED’ for a couple of weeks. There is a reason. It was a time to stop and rethink what this blog is about. Elsewhere on this site you will find I talk about People, Platforms and Passion. On this blog ? Well, not so much. I started to think and have reduced my thoughts to three points. If my world is all about People, Platforms and Passion – why aren’t I writing about those topics ?

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self-improvement wordleI don’t know if you write a blog, but if you do – do you know why ?

I haven’t quite worked that out yet, but it doesn’t stop me writing, because for now I write for me. Over the years it has come and gone in terms of how much attention I put in, but as I wrote here, I started this blog (as in posted for the first time), on September 7th, 2010. Since then I have made 568 Posts – and counting. The intention is to continue to write for me – but to widen the audience to something greater than one!

You might imagine therefore how far my jaw dropped to read an email from an old friend of mine. He wrote;

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As I was researching the theory behind organizational goal-setting, I came across a letter from Hunter Thompson, at the time 20 years old, writing to a friend about goals. Yesterday’s post discussed some frameworks for organizations to craft goals to maximize employee happiness and effectiveness. But Thompson’s advice is for our goals as individuals.

An excellent read from one of the greats (Hunter S.) on the click through.

 [ Source : Tomas Tunguz : We Must Strive to be Ourselves ]

little boxes

By the numbers there’s my driver’s license,
car registration, license plate, zip code,
various accounts, street address, birthdate
home, work, and cell phones, passport, credit cards
debit cards, PINs, social security
frequent fliers, internet passwords, stocks
checking, HMO, IRA, museums
library card, land and enneagram.
I know its a lot to remember, but
thank god i finally know who I am.

… not my words – but if you want to read them by the author (Jim Woesnner) – and a LOT more of spot on social commentary – look no further than here. Brilliant stuff.

He had me at

I’m doing research on alien life, so I thought I’d start in America.

 

writing-kitYou know it goes. I have had ‘Writing Kit’ on my iPad since it came out. Wrestled with it. Love the Markdown – once you get the hang of it. Well, I will let you decide that one. That all said, once I had created a document … then what ? They were abandoned. Cast aside – without n’er a thought.

Now Fixed

You see my copy of Writing Kit is auto connected to my Dropbox – as is Draft In.

During the day, I write away into Writing Kit. Make notes, form thoughts. And it doesn’t matter if I don’t have an Internet connection. I write – and when I connect, it all synchs. Thats’s why Draft.IN doesnt QUITE do it for me – it just isn’t ‘always’ there.

Once synced, I then decide what to do. I can use DraftIn to publish to the blogs.(That process is interesting even of itself …. Since I am only connecting blogs as I need them), so far – out of god knows how many I apparently write to – just two are connected.

Anyway – my point is that using Writing Kit, as my daily note taker (an my notes – I mean meaningful notes) … I can then funnel the content wherever I wish. Blogs, EMail, Evernote or just leave it there – until the next time.