For I while I’ve been reducing my physical possessions but now I’m trying to make space in my virtual life. I have too much on my to-do list, too much on my to-read list, I’m overwhelmed by my twitter feed and my personal email inbox. Over the last week or so I’ve been asking myself questions about how I use and what value I place on different social media and online communications channels, and gradually unfollowing and unsubscribing to things I think I could live without.
Usually when I stumble upon someone or something that looks interesting online I add the site to my favourite’s folder to read later. The list had gotten a little overwhelming because ‘later’ almost certainly never comes. In an attempt to halt my rising panic about it, I set aside some time one evening to spend a few hours reading everything. I found there were some great blogs that I wanted to delve into but you know what, there’s just too much. I want to spend less time consuming and more time creating but find it hard to stop in case I “miss something”. The internet is full of so much amazing writing, inspiring people and beautiful images (granted, a lot of rubbish too, but also a lot of great content) and however hard you try you can’t read it all. So you have to accept that you will inevitably miss something, but that’s okay.
So how do you choose? How do you decide to follow one blog but not another, like a page at the expense of something else, and stop your twitter feed being an overwhelming barrage of noise? At what point to you say, ‘Okay I’ll stopped trying to find new people and build new connections now and need to focus on building relationships with those I’ve found?’
As well as trying to spend a little less time online, these are the questions I’m going to be thinking about over the next few weeks.