Consuming content

The way I consume content has changed so much in the last few years. I’m really busy at work and at home but that just means I need to get more creative about how I consume.

I get the Wall Street Journal delivered in paper format every morning. I still like having the actual paper in my hands everyday. I have a digital subscription that comes with the paper delivery but I rarely use it. I typically grab it when I’m leaving the house and read it first thing when I get to the office. The Weekend Edition gets read at the dining room table with coffee on Saturdays (depending on how cooperative the kids are).

Magazines and the New York Times both get read on my iPad. I typically don’t look at the New York Times during the week but scan through the previous week on Sunday mornings. I read my magazines when I have downtime or before bed. Currently subscribed to : Fast Company, Time, New Republic, Business Week, and Wired. It’s been interesting to watch these publications move to digital. I feel like the format lets you navigate faster and find the interesting articles. Bonus : no more subscription cards falling out all over the place.

Feedly is my RSS reader of choice for blogs. These get done daily in the bathroom. Feedly is a great app that syncs across devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad).

Podcasts get done via Overcast on my iPhone. Usually while driving. The app is perfect for downloading and managing your favorite podcasts. Currently I’m listening to : This American Life, Startup, WTF with Marc Maron, a16z, and James Altucher.

I’ve pretty much completely left terrestrial radio over the last six months. Content hasn’t been compelling and I hate commercials. Music comes from a Spotify subscription. The recent announcement of Apple Music has me curious, but I’ve invested a lot of time in creating playlists so unless it’s really easy to switch, I may just hang tight. One thing that might get me to move sooner is the aggressive family offering Apple has presented. I’m guessing Spotify will get on board with this shortly before Apple Music launches. My family is heavily invested in the iTunes ecosystem. We have purchased a ton of music and movies on the platform.

I’ve stopped watching a lot of television. I used to record some of the late night shows but now I feel like anything worth watching goes viral. I do watch a few shows : Shark Tank, The Profit, Silicon Valley, but I feel like television is starting to get less and less of my attention too.

I recognize that I’m not the average consumer of media, but its an interesting time for that is impacting a lot of markets. Advertising, content creation, distribution networks. My businesses don’t advertise that much, but my customers do. It seems like their dollars are starting to gravitate to online outlets. A lot is changing and its exciting!

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