Across hundred of feeds I am reading, many dozens of posts that pass through FeedDemon daily there are three words that make me instantly interested:
“I made this”
Content about most varied stuff makes bulk of Internet, however places where something is actually being created are hard to encounter.
I doubt accurate estimate can be made so I’ll just take 80/20 rule.
For introvert like me Internet is sea of information. I am choosing my sources for their:
- and many other things.
Nothing is static – some get better, some get worse. Delivering information in appealing way is extremely hard. However it is done on such a massive scale online that sooner or later you find and stick to those who are brilliant at it.
Bulk of this blog is delivering as well – telling about software I use and confident in.
Some time ago I decided to check out a function in WordPress (engine this blogs runs on) that felt weird and unfinished to me. Few hours later I was:
- annoyed with myself for being so clueless at PHP;
- angry at crappy search at WordPress Codex;
- slightly freaked out (dreaming PHP code during nap);
- tired from hundred or so Google searches with little result;
- staring at crude WordPress plugin I somehow ended up making.
All together it felt awesome. That plugin was not even working at that time but it was:
- my problem;
- my idea;
- my solution.
Such cannot be googled.
If you have ever felt that kind of awesome you will easily recognize it in others. Some make simple things. Some made Linux. That spark that pushes people from consuming to creating may not always lead to awesome results. However it is something that makes progress tick.
I know my creative posts won’t bring a lot of traffic or comments. Bug-tracking sessions or messing with RSS internals are probably making you yawn. But when I see person landing on such post from Google I know that I was able to help someone. Not whole world but specific person who had the exact problem I was capable to solve and share solution.
Is there much value in wasting hours and hours on something that won’t bring much fame, value, traffic or whatever else? You know what – I don’t care. And when I open my RSS subscriptions and read post that sparkles in same way – I know that author doesn’t care too.