Content can be so many things. Creating content is generally one thing, hard. Creators are everywhere, working to amuse, entertain, teach and so much more every day.
I’ll admit it, I was late to social media mostly because of the years I spent working in intelligence and national defense. They beat it into your head to not share your location or information and never in real time! But when I embarked on this grand Wanderonomy adventure, I knew I’d have to do it. I even sent an funny email to friends saying for their support and understanding for my personal trauma 😉 And they replied with alien abduction theories. Thanks guys!
After a year on social media I’ve discovered some things. Some people are likers. They spend a lot of time liking posts. MAYBE a comment now and then. Some people are lurkers. It’s hard to tell how much time they spend online because they don’t interact on social media. Some are sharers. Sharers fall into two groups, personal over-sharers and social over-sharers. It seems like the personal ones share everything they do. The social ones share a LOT of other peoples’ content. [I’m just sharing a photo of this bike.]
And then there are the creators. We try to, well, create interesting, unique and useful content. It may be a photo, video, article, blog, map or something else (like the bike above). I’m honored and humbled when a professional photographer leaves a compliment on one of my photos. And I try to respond to every comment. Maybe someday I’ll get too many and have to have someone help. That would be a great problem to have!
For those who may not know, creating can be hard! Staring at a blank screen, or missing a perfect sunrise because you aren’t in the perfect place for viral worthy ‘gram. Some of my best photos had a little bit of planning and a lot of luck.
Some that I tried to capture with a lot of planning, didn’t work out. My advice, accept it. If you have an idea for content, pursue it!
I was traveling too much and wasn’t able to publish a Wanderonomy July Where and When Event Calendar. Again a nice problem to have. 😉 When I published the first one, it took me about 35 HOURS. Each map and calendar are custom made. I review dozens of sites to find events and choose locations for each. I’ve gotten much better since then. Another thing to remember, the first time you do something is the hardest! I’m down to about 17 hours to create the August Map. Contrast that to this blog entry, about 90 minutes (30 to write, 30 to select the content, and 30 to edit and upload) and I’ll never win any speed typing competitions.
Bottom line, next time you like, and I mean really like online content, make a comment or compliment the creator. It may represent an hour of work or hundreds of hours and the creator will be very thankful you took the time to do more than click a button.