There’s a popular saying with creatives that we should create more than we consume or “create>consume.” It’s an idea that I’ve taken to heart. Recently though I wrote in my newsletter that “the pressure of creating more and consuming less has left me feeling like I need to always have something to share, something to say.” And that’s pretty exhausting.
Since then I’ve been trying to look at “consuming” in a different way. I noticed these media diet posts over on Kottke (I really like that blog; it’s very smart) and I thought I might make my own similar post. I found this media pyramid (You are the media you eat) that certainly got me thinking about the kinds of media I consume. And I had a great email conversation with fellow creative Haley Aubuchon about how consuming is a way to support other creatives.
So I thought I’d start a new blog series highlighting my consumption. I’ve been searching for a name for the series. For now at least, I’m calling it creative consumption because I hate the word ‘diet’ and it’s a reminder for me of where this came from (create/consume).
My intentions for the series are to take a closer look at what I’m consuming. Is it fueling me? Is it supporting other creatives? I know that when I share here on my blog, I feel encouraged to do more and do better. I certainly want to do better with this.
My recent creative consumption/media diet:
New stuff is back on TV! I’m enjoying
This is Us
Saturday Night Live
Those are my 2 go-to’s each week. I’m also a big football fan and love seeing my team do well (so far) this season.
Kansas City Chiefs football
On Netflix, I devoured
I LOVE this show. I watched both seasons twice. Now going through it a third time because I’ve gotten my husband into it.
I also really enjoyed
Sierra Burgess is a Loser
I’m really self-conscious about having a music section in this list. I’m not at all musical and I don’t feel very cool when it comes to my listening preferences. But I’ve been making an effort lately to listen to different things and I try to remember Austin Kleon’s advice that there are no guilty pleasures, just like what you like, no guilt necessary.
I’ve been listening to
AJR, especially Burn the House Down
Loud Forest, several songs but we sing Wake Up the most
Greta Van Fleet’s When the Curtain Falls
Milo Greene’s Young at Heart
A couple weeks ago I went to see
Dear Dolores’ Lilith Fair tribute
It was amazing and I had the best time. I love the poster (above) that Brittany designed and it was so inspiring to see these friends (and friends of friends) up on stage doing their thing. That’s the kind of consumption that I need more of.
Of course I’m always scrolling though I’m trying to do better. This year I deleted my twitter account and I haven’t missed it at all. I’m still on Facebook though I’ve considered leaving there too. We have a nice year of creative habits group on Facebook. And I hate to give up the events section on Facebook, I find that really helpful. But as always Instagram is the place for me. Here’s a two new follows for me that I find really inspiring:
I’m looking forward to keeping track of my consumption. I’m not sure if I’ll post these monthly or seasonally but planning to track movies, TV, music, social media, art, etc. Books fit right in but I’ll keep them in my other series for now. Hoping to see more movies and attend more events!