Robert Tamayo


Create What You Consume

One of the reasons I blog about code is because I write a lot of code. It's always on my mind. At the end of a day I have always solved some kind of problem, created some new product, or fixed some crazy bug, and it gives me material to write about. I also spend a lot of time reading about code. For that reason, I create what I consume. So I write about code.

The easiest way to start creating something is to create what you consume.

What you consume is already on your mind. You've spent hours on it. You can enjoy it. More importantly, you can imagine others enjoying it. This is information that an outsider wouldn't even know existed, and yet you have mastered it.

I usually write music in a style that I am enjoying at the time. This means that before I even sit down to write the song, I've already analyzed the different instruments, scales, and rhythmic patterns used. All that is left is the fun part.

Some people don't create anything. All they do is consume. They usually have a lot of ideas. They play a lot of video games, but they haven't created a video game. They read a lot of books, but they don't even blog. They spend a lot of time on social media, but they haven't started a social club in real life.

These people are critics.

The target audience is usually a little more creative. The more bureaucratic an individual is, the less creative they are. A pure critic is a bureaucrat for the arts. They don't contribute any real work to the field they claim to love. Where are their poems, their video games, their web apps, their comic books, their TV shows?

The bureaucratic individual doesn't create art. They don't create what they love. They love their jobs, and they do whatever their job is. The world would be a better place if the bureaucrats had a little more soul. But if the bureaucrats can't be saved, then at least do your own part. Create what you consume.

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