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[…] Consuming versus creating I've been thinking a lot about how much I consume and how much I actually produce. I think my consuming to creating ratio is out of wack. Over on my blog about syndication, I give "3 keys to doing something with what we consume." […]


So true. And with so much info being bombarded at us daily through social media avenues, the sifting process usually weeds out those impersonal links.


I like your suggestion that we ought to be reflecting more on the content we take in but there is a flaw with your criticism of ‘flipping’ a link on Twitter. Implicitly, if I share a link, that means I like it or it was thought-provoking (or, maybe funny). Assuming there is a good headline included, I don’t necessarily think it needs more input from me. You can read it and decide for yourself. The networks we build over time tend to be of like-minded people and there is a give and take with the sharing. As I just heard… Read more »


Good points, yes what we share is how we define ourselves online. But I would take that to another level and say how we share is how define ourselves online. This reminds me of something the president of a company I interned for said in the late 90s. People would leave printouts of articles on his chair. A nice gesture, certainly. But he found himself with so much to read, I wanted to know why he should read certain articles. So he addressed the staff and asked people to put a sentence or two explaining why that article was worthwhile.… Read more »


[…] of the readers of this blog brought an interesting comment that sharing with like-minded people should be enough. No explanation is necessary for why we share […]


[…] I love seeing e-ink innovations like this. However, the notion that one can’t write because of all the “distractions” online is a weird notion to me. I welcome the variety surrounding my browser while I’m writing. I couldn’t imagine writing without the rich sources available literally at my fingertips. I don’t see email or Facebook as distractions. They are inspirations. The trick is not to just read, but doing something with what you read. […]