Back in early August I wrote a blog post about finding focus in my 30s. In that post, I decided that Content and Community would continue to be fundamental to what I do. Commerce and Code would add to it. Together, these four topics would form the “pillars” of my work.
This is how I look at it:
Content refers to the information that we present online. This could be something as simple as a Facebook update, or something as complex as an interactive hybrid AR/VR narrative. (Kinda like a movie, but not a movie.)
Community refers to the groups of people that we interact with. It could be a group that we lead or facilitate; it could be a group of peers that we collaborate with and learn from; it could be a group of people that we want to reach, like a target demographic or regional market. (Community is like Soylent Green. It’s made of people.)
Commerce refers to methods of making our work self-sustainable. How do you cover the costs of the work you’re doing online? I think it’s really, really important to understand the options here. Even if what you’re doing is a personal hobby, and you’re not interested in commercializing it, you should still know what’s available.
So these are the topics that I want to develop more expertise around through learning and experimentation. And in the spirit of the Open Web, I’m documenting what I learn through this site.
I’ve published four new pages, aptly named after the four above topics, where you’ll find an ever-evolving dumping ground of notes and thoughts and resources:
- Notes on content creation
- Notes on community management
- Notes on commerce & monetization
- Notes on learning code
Let the sharing begin!
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