How to get enough time for blogging and online activity

I often get questions about how I get the time to blog and maintain all my online activity in addition to regular work, family life and all those other important things we all have to do. My answer is: I don’t watch television and I know my tools.

A while ago Clay Shirky did some math and figured that Americans could produce one complete wikipedia project every weekend if they stopped watching commercials on TV.

If you haven’t read it already, this is essential: Gin, Television, and Social Surplus. A must-read!

(Image: Clay Shirky at DLD 08)

And he’s not only showing you how wikipedia is a tiny project. He has some thoughts on gaming as well:

In this same conversation with the TV producer I was talking about World of Warcraft guilds, and as I was talking, I could sort of see what she was thinking: “Losers. Grown men sitting in their basement pretending to be elves.”

At least they’re doing something.

Did you ever see that episode of Gilligan’s Island where they almost get off the island and then Gilligan messes up and then they don’t? I saw that one. I saw that one a lot when I was growing up. And every half-hour that I watched that was a half an hour I wasn’t posting at my blog or editing Wikipedia or contributing to a mailing list.

(Via Gapingvoid on Twitter)

How to get enough time for blogging and online activity

The conversation society

I just quoted Cory Doctorow and his interesting conclusion about the fact that content isn’t king. It’s all about the conversation. Yes, of course you need both content and conversation, but he’s on to something.

100 million MySpace users and 57 million bloggers have joined the conversation. The internet is slowly showing one of it’s best strengths as a media channel. Two way communication.

In the ninties we talked about “the information superhighway”. More information. Easier available. Big media companies wanted to enter the highway and talk one way like they always have done.

Here you are. Our content. Our judgement. The truth and nothing but the truth. We rule. We’re journalists. You listen.

As we’ve always done with new media we simply put existing media into it. We have newspapers, let’s print the stuff on web pages. We have TV, let’s play the stuff in nice web based players.

MTV plays the stuff in nice web based players. MTV used to be pop culture. Important for young people. Setting the agenda. Showing the teens what to wear, do, listen to and like.

Here’s MTV compared to MySpace and YouTube, two sites that are full of teens, pop culture, music and rebellion.

The chart is from Alexaholic and shows two years of traffic on the sites. YouTube is the red one, MySpace is the green one and MTV is the blue one at the bottom that you barely see…

If the internet is an important distribution channel to reach young people and the Alexa charts are even close to the truth it seems like MTV have a problem.

This conversation thing is interesting for sure. Just for fun I googled an exact search for “the information society” and  got more than 2 million hits. I figured that someone out there had already started talking about “the conversation society”, but that one gave only 24 hits. None of them used the term in the context of social media. You read it here first.

The conversation society