Consumption versus Contribution
I started my new job about 5 months ago. I absolutely love it – and it’s been literally years since I’ve been able to say that, and it just feels so good. But one of the side effects of my new job is that I’m insanely busy. All those little chores that I would do during the day (making doc appointments, etc.) and things I did at work that I wasn’t supposed to do (plan a wedding, dinner reservations, look for better jobs) have all been replaced with 9ish solid hours of honest-to-god, actual work. That also means that my “lunchtime blogging” has to be done at night, and that catching up on my Google Reader on the couch, or while waiting for a bus (my god, unsubscribing from wedding blogs alone has freed up hours of virtual brain space.)
I am a the point now where I’m up to date with most of my Google Reader, but a good chunk of my email that actually requires a thoughtful response gets marked as “read later” and is then abandoned, since I never actually set up a productivity system for that since I never needed one. And I keep up with all of this on my iPhone and iPad – always consuming, but never creating.
I miss blogging. And contributing to comments and conversations on blogs, and truly being a part of the community. Part of it is lack of time, and partly its the tools I have access to – they’re great at getting lots of info at my fingertips, but are hard to write on. And the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit at my desk to type. But I also think part of it is so much of that free time is dedicated to consuming that I lost my ability to prioritize contributing.
I’m typing and posting this from an iPad, which is massively annoying, but I think I have to prove to myself it can be done. I want back in!