COS (Content Overload Syndrome)

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.

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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!

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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.

Keep smiling,

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. 

Facebook: I Think I Want A Divorce

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A few years back when I joined Facebook, it was a nice place where I could go and catch up with what my friends were doing and check out the latest photos of their children, dogs, embarrassing moments etc.

Now, however, Facebook is big business and in order to see what my friends have posted I now have to scroll through the posts of the many pages I have LIKED (note: those which actually make it through), but also have to deal with all the SPONSORED POSTS by companies or people who have paid to get their entry into my newsfeed.

Don’t get me wrong, I can understand how Facebook is valuable, if not essential, to businesses today and I am not exempt, as I also have a Facebook page for this blog – but quite frankly I am losing my love for Facebook at a rapid pace as it is becoming more of a chore than a pleasure.

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I am not only losing interest from a personal standpoint (for the reasons I mentioned above), but also from a business point of view. You see, as a small business owner, blogger etc you work hard to get those LIKES for your page, which are worth their weight in gold. However, then you find out that although people have LIKED your page this no longer guarantees your posts will even appear in their newsfeeds. In fact, the reach on my own page has mysteriously dropped by 45.5% according to my facebook insights and I have seen others complain that only one tenth of their content is getting through to their fans.

But don’t worry … Facebook has the solution: All you need to do to remedy this dilemma is to boost your posts. In other words, pay Facebook to promote your posts to ensure they reach your audience. Excuse me, but WTF!!

I complained to my husband about this the other day and he replied, “Facebook is a business after all, of course they want to make money!”

Well, I’m sorry Facebook but I would have thought with the 1.11 billion people using the site every month, that your advertising revenue would be rather healthy.

So, for me personally I think my love affair with Facebook is coming to an end and I am starting to wonder if there is an attractive new kid on the block waiting in the wings.

So, throw the ol’ gal a bone here and tell me I’m not alone in this?

Do you think Facebook’s days are numbered and a sparkly, new, attractive replacement is on the way?

I have my fingers crossed.

photo credit: SalFalko via photopin cc

Lets take the ‘Scenic Route’

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Our modern life is like driving on a voyeuristic highway:

We expect everything instantly and are very uncomfortable with waiting.

We are available all the time and spend a large portion of this time in an entirely different reality – Cyperspace.

Popularity is King and has replaced hard work and good behaviour as the criteria for reward. This is evident with more and more posts appearing featuring kids holding messages such as ‘My mummy said she would buy us a puppy if we get 1 million likes on facebook.”

Bullying is no longer limited to the schoolyard and relationships are started and finished on the web or by text message.

Well, I for one am getting tired and am desperately seeking a rest area or perhaps even an alternate route.

So, how about getting off this highway and taking the scenic route?

It might take longer and be off the beaten track; It may not be the most popular or status quo – but I bet it’s beautiful, enriching and definitely more of an adventure!

We could meet some fascinating people, have real conversations and authentic experiences.

We won’t be tagged, liked or commented on but instead smiled at, hugged and spoken to.

Let’s take a chance, try new things and most importantly stop, breathe and take it all in!