Last week I was talking to a would-be entrepreneur and I recommended he start a blog to share some of his thoughts with the universe while he searched for a business idea. After hemming and hawing, he said he just likes to consume content. True, consuming content is fun and easy, but it doesn’t force thinking through ideas and articulating a position. The act of producing content, even for an audience of one, while difficult at first, gets easier with time.
Another entrepreneur I met with recently was asking for go to market ideas for her new product. With a focus on small businesses, it was clear that the cost of customer acquisition would have to be low based on the product price point, and that it was going to require a light-to-no touch sales process. I asked about search engine optimization (SEO) and content marketing only to have her lament that they’d tried it without much luck. SEO and content marketing, just like most endeavors, takes a significant amount of time and energy to be successful. The best time to start producing content was years ago. The next best time to start is now.
Spend time producing content, not just consuming it.
Whether it’s simple tweets on Twitter, or long-form articles, entrepreneurs would do well to start writing more frequently. Take the time, put in the effort, develop the muscle — it’s not easy, but, ultimately, it’s worth it.
What else? What are some more thoughts on producing content, not just consuming it?