This piece by Adam Schweigert sparked off the idea that when you curate a topic, you can never say “I’m done now”.
Adam’s piece is about news curation but what he says applies across the board.
Talking specifically about news, he asks how it would be if we stop worrying about being the first to “own a story” (or a topic or niche) and instead focus on creating “the best, most thoughtful and longest-lasting curation of information that helps people to really understand it”.
We literally have to own our topic and work on it for ever or until we hand it over or give up.
I like that he reminds us of the Latin verb curare “to take care”.
We hear a lot about “best practices” of discovering information, filtering, adding context and attribution – this is only the start.
In a way, the easy part is adding new stories, writing a commentary on them and giving them a category and a few tags.
The hard part is going back over it to combine them into more meaningful sets or collections. I can see this will literally never end. I am certainly finding this as I try to curate a “magazine” about curation. I see how I need to constantly improve it by rearranging and recombining the content to make the most sense.
How much do you think we should go back over our curated content and review it? Where does it end?
See on adamschweigert.com
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