Producers vs. Consumers

This is something that I’ve been thinking about lately – how there are basically two groups of people online: producers and consumers.

A producer is someone who makes content.  It could be a blog or forum post, a video posted to YouTube, a Twitch stream, a tutorial, a song, or almost anything.  Anything that someone else can watch, listen to, or read.  A producer can be a single person or a group of people (or even an automated bot).

A consumer is someone who consumes content made by producers.  It could be someone watching a YouTube video, reading a blog post, or listening to a song.

It is incredibly difficult to be both a producer and a consumer at the same time.  Usually you are doing one or the other.  (The exception that comes to mind is listening to music while doing something).  In most cases, you are one or the other – a consumer or a producer.

It is easier to be a consumer than a producer.  Consuming content doesn’t take as much talent, skill, or effort.  Anyone can watch a football game, but not everyone can play football, and that’s fine.  Not everyone who watches football wants to play football.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with being a consumer, unless that consuming is taken to an excess.

From a financial perspective, you won’t ever get rich being a consumer. If anything, you become less wealthy being a consumer, as you are spending your time (and potentially money) by supporting a producer.  There’s nothing wrong with supporting producers – quite the opposite!  But if your plan is to become wealthy by consuming someone else’s products, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s unlikely to happen.  Water doesn’t flow upstream.

Lately I’ve found myself more and more motivated to become more of a producer.


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