The briefing.

So, here I am posting again, after 2 long months.

Feels good to be back at the WordPress editor window.

If you’re reading this now (and if you’re not new), you may have noticed a slight blog redesign. T’was carried out this week in order to improve the stuff I care about THE most. Readability and Textual content. 

Just made a few tweaks here and there. Plus, updated the blog with a fresh typeface, that lucky font being Ubuntu’s default system one. It’s actually quite neat and easy on the eyes.

K, enough about the blog. Time for my narcissistic self to take charge.

Me.

I was finally done with my finals last week and early finals means just one thing: I got a shit-load of time.

See that’s both a good thing and a bad thing.

Good thing is, I got loads of free time to do anything I want.

Bad thing is, I got loads of free time to do anything I want.

Let me elaborate on the “Bad thing”. The Instant Gratification Monkey part of my brain has massive issues with managing the flow of time. My time is just one vortex away from being funnelled out from me. So it’s rather important that I have a super-strict schedule to guide me through this. Unplanned block of time, for me at least, would be a…

Things I’ll be focusing on…

I’m almost done crafting a semi-big article on one of my most personal topics, The Social Media. Will probably publish it this weekend-ish.

I also have come up with a few new, exciting ones. Most of them stem from random synaptic bursts. Also, some historically significant ones.

I plan to write these articles after talking to *actual* people who have gone through the experience. Really, I have personally observed this.

Researching on the Internet and quoting the appropriate sources is one thing, but field blogging is just taking it to another level. Really excited about that.

Also, there will be a guest post written by someone soon. It will either be a standalone guest-post or will have my commentary packaged along with that of the guest author. I’m sure you will love it.

Final thoughts

Though I might not have been regular, I certainly think I have a strong love for writing. Topic fragmentation is certainly an issue, as some of my own friends have mentioned sometimes, but niche is just not my thing.

Also, it’s incredibly enriching to be able to connect the dots through your vast data store of knowledge. The world just makes so much more sense.

 

Stay tuned…

 

Oh, and if you’re wondering, the feature image is not mine. It’s actually from a royalty free photo project called Unsplash!. Those guys actually have a trove of high-quality, royalty free images with which you can do anything imaginable. It’s opensource and under CC Zero license, which means you basically own the image. You don’t even have to credit the creator. Great resource for small time blogs/websites. Check it out! 🙂

Producers v/s Consumers of Content.

Pie chart showing the proportion of lurkers, contributors and creators under the 90–9–1 principle. Sheky Rambles

When you think of the Internet, what do you think of? Facebook  Content, right? And, when you think of Content, what do you think of? People posting dank memes Creators, right?

So, creators create content that they post on the Internet which gets consumed ultimately by people like you reading this right now, you lazy dork. So, what do you think is the ratio between creators and consumers of content on the internet? 50:50? 30:70? 10:90? Nope.

It’s 1:99. Yes, that’s right. 99% of the people consume content created only by 1% of the people on the internet. These 99% of the people (to which you and me contribute a huge part) are termed as lurkers, which would be familiar if you’ve ever binged on reddit. You know people who just browse page after page without ever contributing a single little line, or worse, without even upvoting.

So, reading about this anomaly got me thinking. So basically, nearly most of us, 99% to be precise are nothing but consumers of content produced by creative people who make up that 1%. Also me, with this cute little blog do my bit to contribute to the Internet as much as possible, but that’s a supermassive ratio difference. Which means nearly all of us just use the Internet as a procrastination tool.

This ratio anomaly is called the 1% rule.

I mean, the days of Television dominance are long when if one had to express themselves they either had to own a huge TV studio with elaborate setup and broadcasting ability or they had to get hold of an interviewer to do it for them. It’s easy these days, just grab camera, record your dankiness and post it to YouTube, Vimeo or whatever your favorite video site is. If it interests enough people, then congratulations, you just went Viral.

Here’s a pie chart showing the ration I just mentioned.

Pie chart showing the proportion of lurkers, contributors and creators under the 90–9–1 principle.  Sheky Rambles
Pie chart showing the proportion of lurkers, contributors and creators under the 90–9–1 principle. Sheky Rambles.

So, what’s the point?

My advice is, just start somewhere. Create a blog, make a YouTube Channel, contribute more to reddit (albeit Anonymously) and try to contribute as much as you can to break the ratio anomaly.

 

Even I’m trying to improve the ration myself, at least now that I’m posting an article a month. 😉

Plus, I’m now learning Ps and Ai on the sidelines for improving my illustrating capacity. So expect more cool illustrations soon.

That’s about it for now.

Until then, go start a blog! 😀