The internet can be a strange place sometimes. After talking this week about blogs, twitter and the online world with the lovely Jess and Kimberley, I took some time to reflect on how odd this virtual world can be. Sometimes the virtual can mess around with your ‘real world’.
The internet is a place to share thoughts, dreams, emotions and lives. It is therefore a dimension ruled by the philosophy of the ‘open book’. While we generally control how many pages of ourselves we reveal, sometimes it can be difficult to find the right balance.
Sometimes sharing is a really rewarding experience, but other times … like when you find your words, ideas or photos ‘borrowed’ for other people’s work … well, then it can be a little frustrating.
I feel like I’ve had some great ideas of late. Ideas about articles, opinion pieces and books that I want to write … ordinarily the kinds of things that I’d share the origin of. But I think sometimes online you have to be a little bit selfish with original ideas and creative inspiration, and keep some things for yourself … at least at first. From time to time the ‘closed book’ philosophy best applies.
As a creative person, how do you strike the balance with sharing and not sharing your original content (whatever that may be)? I’d love to hear your thoughts.