I've always enjoyed learning new things and researching various topics. I don't watch TV/movies, I read non-fiction and special interest blogs, watch webinars, and listen to podcasts. Sometimes this has proved helpful, but when I think about the dozens of parenting/special needs/self-help books I've read over the past several years, and the very small amount of information from those books that I've actually put into practice for more than a week or two, it seems like a bit of a waste of time. Same things with the many blog posts I've read. Then there's the assorted webinars or online conference talks I've watched, many of which have only repeated information I already knew. There's definitely been things that were well worth the time I spent watching/listening/reading, but that's a lot of time to spend for the few gems of information/advice I've gleaned. I think I need to develop some sort of philosophy that I can use to decide what media consumption is actually worthwhile.
How do you decide what (non-fiction) books to read, what blogs to subscribe to, and what podcasts or webinars to watch?