Content Creation: The Best Means Of Open Sourcing Your Life’s Thinking (And Knowledge)

How and why creating content on the internet can be a way to open source your life and thinking — particularly as it evolves.

An Argument In Favor Of Open Sourcing All Your Thinking And Just About Everything You Know How To Do

Creating With Fervor Rather Than Sharing Your Thoughts More Selectively

Creating Documentation About Your Own Thinking And Life

Why Self-Censorship Is A Creative’s Worst Enemy

  • I have to work in order to support myself. Like most people, the majority of my time goes towards billable activities.
  • I’m relentlessly critical of my own work and — despite creating a lot of ‘content’ — tend to be a tough self-censor. Before setting up my webcam to record a video or putting keyboard to (digital) page here I face a battle to get past my own thoughts that argue “nobody cares what you have to say. There’s no point in saying it.”

What I’ve Concluded

  • Sharing is good. Although it’s a morbid thought, none of us are going to be around forever. It makes sense to share what we think and know with our humans. Even when those thoughts are likely to change in the future. That fact doesn’t delegitimize them. It just represents the fact that they reflect a snapshot of your thinking or experiences at a particular point in time.
  • While it’s unlikely that anybody wants to read about what you had for breakfast, I think there’s a strong argument to be made in favor of open sourcing as much knowledge as you’ve accrued throughout life. Should you open source your bathroom habits? I think you’d be hard pressed to find anybody who would say ‘yes’ to that. So we can agree that there is a limit somewhere. But I’d like to suggest that it makes sense to set the threshold as low as you are comfortable with. Or slightly beneath that.
  • Be aware of self-censorship. Like most defensive instincts, a small amount of it is probably helpful. But beyond that, it may be impeding the progress you make in your creative journey through life.

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