I’ll never forgive the internet for training a generation of artists and writers to call what they make “content.”

Boxes have contents. You’re a fucking ARTIST. You make ART. Own it.

@fraying As a full-time writer and sysadmin: yes, this.

"Content" is a term for business people and web admins.

"Art" is for what you gleefully create.

Once you start thinking of your joy as your product, your career is over.


@mwlucas @fraying I’m reminded of the ancient debate over art vs craft: form vs function and passion vs money. Nowadays social capital (e.g. likes/faves) muddies the topic further. IMO few make art, most make content.

@demonkind @fraying People have always tried to sell out to Mammon. Mammon's rarely buying.

The Net makes it easier to get dribbles of money for your art, and too many people focus on maximizing the dribble rather than what brings them joy.

I'm writing #terrapinSkyTango because it makes me happy.

Once I finish, sure, I'll put it up for sale. It's how I pay my bills. But money can't enter the creative process, or it'll destroy my joy. And readers can feel my joy.

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