Content Creation

October 29, 2012

Disclaimer: This article surrounds my experiences. I’m not going to speak for others. Sorry if I come across as self-serving.

It’s almost 2013 and people still try to convince me that iPads are only good for “consumption” — whatever that means. It offends me at a personal level because since May 2010 I’ve been creating content on my iPads. It might not seem like a big deal, but when someone tells you that you can’t do what you’re doing, it’s in effect saying saying A) that you’re a liar or B) that you don’t exist.

So first, let’s define “content”. In my mind, content is media created by persons using tools, where the created media is consumable — i.e. commands an audience’s time and is tangible. “Content” isn’t restricted to one or two categories, no matter what people try to argue. Text, photography, video, audio, etc. all require someone’s time to read, view, or listen to.

Every single article I’ve ever published on the web, be it on (slightly) unkommon, Picture This! Reviews, Napier’s News (now killed), or Unity Bond has been written and published on and with my iPad. I type up a few sentences on my iPhone every now and then, but otherwise everything you see from me is either 100% or 95% written on my iPad. My open question to you is, do my articles count as content?

Personally I think that they do.

In addition to all of the articles which I’ve written for the web, nearly every piece of written homework I’ve done since May 2010 has been written on my iPad. Since 2011 I’ve printed my finished homework from my iPad, too. I’m sure that my professors would argue that the homework I’ve submitted is content. Not only have they read it, they also have added to it with comments.

I’m going to go a step further and say that text-content extends beyond articles and homework; Every single tweet, Facebook post, blog/forum comment, and e-mail is content that other people consume. Even if your post takes fifteen seconds for someone to read, that’s fifteen seconds which can’t be taken back. We all create content every day and we mostly don’t think about it.

But for the sake of argument let’s say that text-based content doesn’t count. That for a device to count as a content creation device, it also needs to enable an end-user to create adequate image, video, and/or audio content. iPads are more than capable for those as well.

As I mentioned above, I’m speaking only for myself here — other iPad users can and should make their own case.

When I hit my two-year blogging anniversary, I celebrated on this blog by doing some embarrassing karaoke. My singing was recorded with the iPad’s built-in microphone in GarageBand, and mixed with the instrumental song in GarageBand as well. It was uploaded to SoundCloud from there, and all in all it turned out well (sans my horrible singing voice, of course).

Over the past two years, any time I’ve wanted to address you guys directly I sketched out badly-drawn me’s and created webcomic strips of cartoon-me talking. Those were all created in SketchBook Pro and Comic Life on my iPad. While my artistic abilities are lacking, it’s hard to argue that those strips weren’t “content”, and I’ve been getting better with every strip. I’d assume that someone who knows how to draw well could put together something awesome.

Heck, as of last Saturday I outright started my own webcomic with characters that aren’t me. It’s called Seizure Prone and at present it will be updated once every Saturday. I drew the first strip in Sketchbook Pro, however for the second and going forward I’m drawing the strips in ArtStudio, as it gives me more freedom to create better characters and backgrounds.

“The iPad is only good for consumption” my bum.

Preview of an upcoming Seizure Prone strip

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