Trying To Create New And Original Content

I’ve been “struggling” to create unique and original content and had not much success so far.

The reason is too simple, everything that you see on the internet seems to be a re-post, copy, plagiarism, summary or just another point of view of some original content.

Let me give you an example, there is a new movie coming out, people will create content about the movie, best and worst, why to see it, why not to see it, rate it, discuss about it, and so one, talk about mistakes, actors and earning, box office and the list goes on and on, people that create content just take content that already exist and make new content out of the existing content by organizing and giving a new perspective, context, meaning for an specific audience and adding just more details and textures.

I’m working on do the same, I’m just gathering enough source of root content to take, analyze, organize and create content out of it.

So that I will just still write journal from time to time while I organize the content and the system to process the original content to create a more impacting output content with my personal touch.

That being said I will see you in another post.

Reading vs Studying

I’m a programmer, I study and learn stuff everyday on many topics and areas that can’t even remember now. I have to do it to not be left behind on the latest available technologies that at the end of the day provide more an better opportunities.

I read daily as many other people from many sources from blogs, articles, mobile instant messages, online newspaper, paper books, books on tablet, laptop, pc, literally hundreds of emails because of my work.

The thing is, reading and studying are not the same there are a lot of different processes that are going on depending on what are you doing.

When you read is like when you just ear someone to talk, you can actually learn a lot by reading but if you really want to learn something in depth you need to study.

Study is different that just reading because you need to worry about in how to 100% understand what you are actually reading, when you want to learn something in depth you need to take more time to think and reflex on what you just read, try to organize the new ideas and concepts in your mind in a way that makes sense for the long term and that takes more time and effort than a casual reading and we are not taking into count that you can take notes, make summaries, mind-maps and all the good stuff.

There are some topics do take more time to understand and digest than a reading as I just mentioned before so my best advice is to try to combine your reading with casual reading (novels or fiction maybe) and formal study (the good stuff, more scientific maybe), that way you can enjoy reading something casual when you feel like you want to do it and study something more seriously when you really feel like you want to do it. Another technique that I tend to use is to read a book that you want to study as a casual reading (low effort) for the first time and then do a second read for the long term (high effort) and organize the ideas in a better way either in your mind or summaries, mindmaps or whatever the hell you use to annotate in case you do.

I hope you enjoy your reading and your studying.

And correct me if I’m wrong but there are some topics that you can’t just casual read and learn in depth, topics like complex math, physic, chemistry, programming, engineering, and so on, unless you are a genius.

Mario

Reading With Enthusiasm Is Not Limited To Exclamation Marks!!!!!!!

This is a short personal history, not the best one don’t have high expectations.

I remember when a was in the elementary school when I had 12 years old I struggled to read books, actually in my case at that age you don’t read novels or poetry, well, not sure if that is because I came from a educational system in Mexico where nobody give a shit about your education (some people do but the system is fucked) and reading was tough for me at least at that age.

Later when I finish high-school I remember reading all the books related to homework, at that age self-study was not a real thing like it is now, I just read the necessary to accomplish what was required to complete my tasks and my reading was poor compared to what I believe it’s now.

Later on when I started into the college I remember reading more and more but just as I said before to accomplish my goals in education, learning what was required on my curricula and I did well actually. For some reason I remember reading on my own voice, with no enthusiasm (compared to how I read now), boring and tedious but I had to do it in order to continue, later on when finished college remember that I started more serious in self studying and I started my career as a developer. I continued like that reading boring but I had to because it was something that I wanted to do even if it was boring.

At some point I hear about speed reading and gave it a try, wanted to read more and fast to be a genius and created a bad habit of skip lines and read parts of the content and skip others, not from start to end. I continued like that for some many other years.

Again, at some point of my life I started listening more motivational speakers, ted talks, successful people sharing knowledge and so on, I don’t understand why that changed the way I read but it did. I started reading with the passion and I actually started to vocalize in my mind again (I was taught that is bad for reading but guess what, fuck you! that helps to enjoy reading and for me it helps to have a real experience while reading and helped me to learn for the long term, enjoy reading and wanting more and more, reading from start to end no matter what the reading was about)

I don’t know why I used to read like a fucking machine, I was taught that you read sentence by sentence and make emphasis on punctuation and explanation marks but guess what, that is pure bullshit, you make also exclamation when you see a strong word or a strong phrase, reading with enthusiasm is not limited to exclamation marks!!!!!!!

This is an example of how I was taught,

Turkish Angoras are one of the ancient, natural breeds of cat, having originated in central Turkey, in the Ankara region

And this is how I actually read

Turkish Angoras,      are        , one of the  ancient,           natural   breeds of cat,         having    originated      in         central     Turkey,            in       the Ankara region (with a voice in my head, a sweet voice for this context, we are talking about cats =) ), that was just a silly example hope you get the idea.

To wrap up, during the past of the time the way I read has changed and I was tempted to come back to the fast-reading-techniques but after some quick research found out that the brain actually need some time to process information, there is no way you can put 800wpm in your head and have the same experience than an average 300-400wpm, but I don’t want to discourage you in case you are up to that, you can always do your research.

That’s all for today, thanks for reading.
Mario

A Little Post On Another Personal Site

Hi there, this might be an interesting text.

I have another side project academiadelprogramador.com, it’s in spanish and is intended to help people with articles on how to create web sites, I know there are thousands of sites like this but in spanish is a little difficult to find a good one in terms of narrative.

I invited a close friend to be part of this projects and was not interested at all since there is no programming, is just content creating and there is no motivation on that apparently so that I’m asking to myself why this is a common way of thinking. I mean, there are lot of talented people that might take advantage of the internet to create a side project investing a little of their time to create cool content and they don’t feel interested because does not involve programming.

For me personally I believe is a huge, a great way to get to know new people and even create a community by creating content and helping people to learn something they may have the need to. I opened my eyes when I noticed all the people that own all this sites made in wordpress like this one and making ton of relations, exposure, and money. Well, this is just my way of see things at this point of my life, I remember like about 7 year ago I did not wanted to do nothing with wordpress since it’s just a CMS boring and there is nothing special on it but now I think is the best platform to create a huge success our of your creativity.

Also, create a content site is underestimated in terms of effort, it needs a ton of time to create and organize content in a way is useful for people and get also indexed and found. When you create a content site you can’t just copy an paste content you need to work your ass off and type the shit, edit, review, add images or graphics, formatting, tagging, and so on. Is not something that you just do in 5 minutes. I believe by creating your content site you can learn a lot on how online businesses works in these times.

Well, that is all that I wanted to talk today, thanks for reading
Mario.