When you think of the label Content Creator, do you make a positive, negative or neutral association with the term?
I spend a lot of time on the internet and consume a lot of content. Most of it annoys me. I have to search long and hard to find good content I enjoy, at which point I become engaged in the content and often become a loyal follower.
Some of the content I enjoy fuels me to create my own content. I have been influenced by bloggers, writers and authors, artists and jewelry designers, some (few) youtubers and occasionally someone who does marketing and sales well without too much inflated showoff-y lingo and an attitude problem. I mean, I need help in the marketing and sales department but most people who push their complicated lingo on me via some online medium don’t make any lasting impression. I found a few I have bookmarked, but most of the ones populating the internet don’t inspire me at all.
When I think of the term Content Creator, an image pops into my head. I immediately see a perky young person who talks very fast into youtube or some other video platform, often with hair flips and wild gesturing, misplaced giggling and similar youthful and irritating body language. Yes, the men too, although some of them don’t do the hair flip… 😛
It is these people, who are often highly successful in terms of stats and income streams, who annoy me the most. It never fails, no matter how often I give them a chance; the first thing I have to do is turn their playback speed from normal to 75% (slower) so I can catch what they are saying because they speak so fast that it’s impossible to stay focused on the topic in question. (Or maybe that’s just me – I’m old and old school and don’t have the patience needed to follow along with all this fast-talking perkiness.)
Because of these and other subjective opinions I have amassed over the past few years, I tend to associate content creation with something negative. This is unfortunate because I am, after all, creating all sorts of content myself.
Do I want to label myself a Content Creator?
I decided to research this term and see if I can come up with a better way to describe, or label someone who creates multiple forms of content, like I do.
The official definition for content creation is this:
Content creation is the contribution of information to any media and most especially to digital media for an end-user or audience in specific contexts.Wikipedia
Wikipedia goes on to introduce the various types of content creator entities or people:
- news organizations
- colleges, universities and think tanks
- artists and writers
At the bottom of this list Wiki included users and teen users. Interestingly, they decided to separate teens into their own category, which is unsurprising really given teenagers make up a huge portion of the content creators on the internet these days.
Blogger, writer, author, storyteller, anecdotist, raconteur
I began my blog because I liked to write about my day. Eventually I diverted a little and wrote fiction. I called myself a blogger which irks me about as much as the term Content Creator. A blogger is a writer, no? I like writer much better than blogger… 🙄
When I first started blogging about 16 years ago the trend was to call all women with children who wrote on a blog ‘mom-bloggers’ which is even more irksome. 😀
The evolution of blogging
When you visit my website on a laptop or desktop computer, you can see my main page is laid out like a magazine spread when you select the blog tab. I have multiple pages which lead you to other places where I present my content for you. There it is again, that word content. See what I mean?
You can go to the jewelry tab and look at my collection, you can go to the book tab and buy my book, you can go to the blog and read my drivel, you can go to my contact page to find out how to email me and so on.
Which is why I don’t want to call myself a blogger anymore. I do so much more than just post to the blog.
Circling back around
The term Content Creator, a label really, implies a multitude of creative endeavors are present in the term. This is true for me: I am a blogger who writes stories, an author who published a book, an artist who created a book cover, a designer of jewelry, a photographer who takes pictures and a youtuber who just started videotaping.
It’s much easier to just say I’m a Content Creator, isn’t it.
If this convoluted post reads like an argument, sorry (not sorry). I didn’t mean for it to come across that way. I really only just want to remove that perky fast-talking Content Creator image from my head and replace it with someone who is not that.
I guess I’m stuck with that label for now.
Tell me what you think of the term Content Creator. See you in the comments!