The fall and winter is when I normally get a chance to sit, drink some coffee, pull out my doodle pens & paper and just think about the what and where of my future work. In the nursery, this was always a November thing, the old season had finished, the new one hadn’t started and I could dream and imagine the next crop and colors before ordering the seeds and supplies.
As a writer, I still find this seasonal work to be critical for what I’m doing and I do spend time drinking far too much coffee and dreaming.
I got to thinking about how I used computers and how other folks use them.
For example, I use it for information searching. When I want to know something, I search for the answer. I don’t care whether I’m using my laptop, iPad or phone, I want the answer and I want it now. If it pops up in the search results so I don’t have to click through to the site, all the better. But I scan those results before I click to evaluate the chances of finding that information without too many tries.
I also use it for some socializing with my peers and with friends. While these are two separate content groups, I do have some overlap here. And I do use it every now and then for entertainment – watching videos or reading something.
The important thing however is not what I consume but the how I consume it.
The Net for me is not like a long novel or how-to book, a connected series of information strung in a logical order. The Net is a spider web of connectivity where every intersection is an information node. I do not consume the Net in a longitudinal way, I consume it by jumping from node to node depending on what I need when I need it.
I also rely less and less on individual bits of software residing on my laptop. When I’m in consumer mode, I tend to use my iPad or iPhone and most importantly the apps on it.
My world is now determined by the apps I use and the use I put them to. And I determine what nodes I want to use. This article was written on my iPad on the Pages app and uploaded via the WordPress App.
The better analogy then is not that we are recreating the old world with software but that we should be imagining the new world and its publications as a spider web of information and entertainment rather than in a serial one page follows another mode. And instantly available to us no matter where we are.
And my objective as a content creator then is to be creative enough, informative enough and entertaining enough to stand out like that blue jar and be worth a place on that spider web.