Chris Wilson on dealing with the abundance of new content to read online everyday:
We no longer have to strive to read every great article that is being published, instead we can be selective, knowing that there is more great content out there. When we accept an abundance mindset, we can cope with not reading everything. We don’t even need to read the best things. Instead, we just need to read something that is beneficial for us.
This (fairly nee) post from Chris’ excellent Learn Create Share site struck a cord with me. I’d recently written about struggling to keep up with reading enough of the content I find online and how Matt Birchler’s post about his own process for managing this got me thinking about about my own methods, or lack thereof.
Chris’ mindset about avoiding the FOMO when it comes to content we might miss, and instead focusing on just reading a few things that have value to us and we can benefit from rings so true to me and it’s an approach I’m definitely going to work on. I’ve already started using Matter in a lot more focused way, sharing articles that to it that I have a particular personal internet in, or those that I think I can use for content for my writing. It’s a far more subjective approach than I’ve done in the past.
Just as I found Matt’s post interesting, seeing another persons approach to managing their flow of information is pretty fascinating to me. Chris’ posts are always worth reading for the fantastic artwork he includes in most posts, Let alone the wonderful content. Come for the art, stay for the excellent read. The post isn’t only a perfect guide, of sorts, for an aspiring blogger, but the application of these principles would also be beneficial for a university student to plan for, and write, their research papers or coursework.
On his methods for reading the content he finds and seems read worthy Chris writes:
Personally, I choose to highlight as I read through an article. I think this comes from experience editing work and appreciating well worded phrases as well as habit.
This is an area I’ve always struggled with when it comes to blogging, and many things, in my life. I’m recent years I’ve fallen out of a habit for preparing and thinking things through in advance. A few years ago I was very much an over thinker and planned and would research thoroughly. Now, however, when it comes to writing I’ll see something that interest me and then I just start writing without any clear goal or structure I work to or with. This can have its advantages, but will negatively impact other areas. A positive of this approach is that, I feel, my posts can come across a bit more casual and conversational whereas over planning or preparing to write can stifle this a bit. On the other hand I can often not take the time to really dig in and know enough about the topic to give a follow up article a unique viewpoint.
Between Matt and Chris’ posts I’ve a lot to think about. I can already feel myself both reading, and saving, articles with a more meaningful way.