Like I mentioned in my previous post, I need to set some rules for my month long experiment of trying to balance my consumption of good content with my production. After thinking about it for some time, here’s what I’ve come up with:
- I can read as many headlines on sites like TechCrunch and Hacker News as I want, but shouldn’t read the comments unless I plan on reading the article (and balancing that consumption with production), too.
- I can consume as much content on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr that I’d like, but shouldn’t follow links off of those sites unless I plan to produce.
- I’m going to count contributing thoughtful ideas and feedback on sites like Convore, Forrst, and Quora as production that can offset consumption. This production is a little less accountable than other types, but there arepeople who can help keep me accountable on those sites.
- YouTube videos are tough. There are seriesthat I like to watch regularly, and I wouldn’t want to give them up. My plan right now is to use content I produce on Convore and Forrst to offset their consumption. I am not going to require myself to produce additional content to reconsume YouTube videos.
So that’s what I’m going to try to work with for now. Tomorrow, I’ll hopefully get to work on some upgrades to the site depending on how many accessibility related tasks (which I find fulfilling) I can finish for Facebook.