I read an interesting post today by Tynan on his blog, “Life outside the box” that gave me a wake-up call to start blogging regularly again.
I’ve noticed that most people who “live by their own rules” actually don’t live
by their own rules; they live with no rules. I live by my own rules, and I have
many of them. A great deal of them are focused around limiting consumption. I
think most consumption (generally anything not expensive enough or not long
enough in duration to force thoughtful consideration) is toxic.
So I don’t consume much, but I produce a lot. Not because I’m a natural producer, but because I force myself to be one. And if you aren’t primarily a producer now, I’d encourage you to consider it.
What’s interesting about production is that it fills the same role as consumption; a way of occupying time and receiving a reward for it. Watching a TV show fills an hour of time and provides the (fleeting and insignificant) reward of entertainment. Writing a blog post also fills an hour and provides the (less fleeting and hopefully significant) reward of impacting people and adding to one’s body of work.