Create or curate?
When I think of a ‘curator’ I think of an intelligent (but bland) guy wearing his one and only Brooks Brothers suit to a museum to look at old things and make sure those old things are in tip top shape.
But then I noticed on Klout that there’s actually a subcategory called a ‘curator’.
Incidentally, Klout has become a new fascination of mine. If you’re not familiar with it… good. It’s basically a social media labeling system to designed by the cool kids from your high school to make you feel awesome … or not awesome.
As ‘Brooks Brothers guy’ is my denotative definition of a ‘curator,’ here’s a little help from Mr. Dictionary:
Curate or Create?
Some would say both. Some would say neither.
I’d be offended if I was labeled (by Klout or anyone else) as a curator. I realize that curating is an art in and of itself, yet each of us has something to create.
Make it happen. Ideate, originate, create.
Aside: maybe that’s why I get a headache in museums. I’d rather be making it than looking at it. Jealousy? Maybe…
My 7 year old inner artist is sitting on the bench if I’m a curator:
Coach, put me in the game. I can do it. Those other kids are good too, but I can do a few things they can’t. Please coach? Gimme a shot. Puh-leeeeeezzzze…
I joined Pinterest last week, and folks, it’s curation central. At it’s core it’s online curation.
- Great for Ideation. If I can discipline myself to spend no more than five minutes on the site, my ideator/artist will start churing and generate ideas off the curation.
- Fun Way to Share Your Work. Pinterest is a bulletin board of your favorites all in one place. It’s visual bookmarking.
- Time Sucker. Pin this. Pin that. Pinterest is like a casino: time does not exist inside it’s walls. Pinners beware.
- Not for Dudes. Some would argue this point. But it’s not guy-friendly. Since joining last week I’ve amassed 11 followers. 10 of them are ladies. Perhaps I need to look for all the ‘pins’ on beards, beer and belching. Haven’t found ’em yet.
We do what we value.
We put our energy and efforts into what we love.
If we don’t know what we love, we’ll ride on the coattails of others month after month, year after year until our life’s curated itself into one magic coat-tail carpet ride.
Hmmm. Now I wanna check Pinterest to see if there are any magic carpets out there. Or maybe I’ll make my own…
What about you? How do you strike the balance of curating and creating?