The last few weeks I have read two books (old-school style, written on paper – just how I like them) and a million-gazillion Facebook posts. Not to mention school newsletters, netball notices, soccer notices, Civil Defence notices, the local paper and stories to my children.
I’ve also been networking like a ninja – attending face-to-face meet-ups and joining not one, not two, but three new networking groups on Facebook.
And to be honest … my brain is fried! Way too much content in and not enough out. Now, I’m like that over-stimulated baby that won’t sleep (hence writing this at 11pm).
And the worst part is that it’s totally my own doing. Nobody forced me to digest so much content in a short amount of time. I did it to myself.
And the even worst part is that I’ve realised how much we all rely on staying “connected” but are losing real connections.
This afternoon our WiFi was down for a couple of hours – OMG!! Everybody was freaking out like it was the ‘end of the world as we know it.’ The kids were panicked.
“You Tube doesn’t work, Netflix is down and even my tablet won’t go!” they hollered.
I wasn’t much better myself … “What if there’s a really important email I need to see? How do I check my bank accounts? Do I have to watch normal TV?!”
Lame. Extremely lame.
There is just so MUCH content out there now.
Every man and his dog has a blog and now there are so many outlets for people to express their opinion (no matter how ugly or un-educated they may be).
And so I’ve had a bit of a revelation … I’m pretty much over it. I’m going to wean myself of consuming so much content (particularly the on-line variety). I’m also going to re-address what content I put out, which will involve a bit of soul-searching to figure out exactly what and for whom I will be writing.
The truth is, I actually love writing these rambles. It’s so therapeutic to type away and release what’s been plaguing my mind. It provides me with some clarity and I love the fact that some of you out there enjoy reading it too (just be careful you don’t get COS, LOL!!)
The other truth is that when I started my freelance writing business I was worried that writing for a living might suck the enjoyment right out of it. And in some ways this is right. So, I need to concentrate on exactly what sort of writing I love and follow that path.
I am determined to plunge myself into the areas I’m passionate about and not take second best or settle for run-of-the-mill.
So there you have it … my random thoughts spewed onto the page for your pleasure.
If this post strikes you as a bit strange compared to normal, blame it on the full moon!
If anyone else out there is a fellow COS sufferer my thoughts are with you and I would suggest you log off social media (not soon – NOW).
Also, well done to all of you that are following your passions – I salute you.
Well, before I ramble on all night I better try to get this overstimulated brain to log off.
Kat : 🙂
P.S. Although I just made up the term COS, I do know that content overload or information overload is a topic that has been written about a lot in recent times.
One thought on “COS (Content Overload Syndrome)”
I can so telate to this. Especially the “why am I doing this” and “follow your passion”. Congrats on focussing on the quality of connections not quantity