After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Social Media Overload and What I am Doing About It

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: December 29, 2012

Time - it is all about time and how you use it.

This is not my usual running related post, but it is definitely related to healthy-living in today's world.

Social media is a time suck - in my mind there is no doubt about it. It isn't a bad thing in and of itself, but it does take a LOT of time out of your/my day that could be spent doing other things that might be a LOT more productive.

The amount of time that you and I spend on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ (especially now that they have communities) and other social media networks is probably fairly substantial.

Let’s see I have almost 200 feeds in my Google Reader, am beginning to use YouTube more, a member of 8 Facebook Groups, 6 Google+ Communities, numerous Twitter #Hashtags (which I consider a communities) - whose members provide links to their blog posts, links to interesting information or simply the many interesting comments that I want to either read or join in the conversation also.

Unfortunately, for me the amount of information available on my social media channels is becoming more and more overwhelming. The number of people in these groups, communities and #hashtags has been growing - almost exponentially over the past 6 months and I find myself drowning in trying to keep up with all the information and conversations that have been going on in my multiple social media channels.

However, while this is probably a good problem to have, especially doing what I am doing with my blogs and online interests. I am getting overwhelmed and starting to feel as though I don’t interact in my social media channels as much as I should.

I don’t want to be seen as one of those, who just take and take from others in my social media channels (and yes those people do exist), by only seeming promoting my or other's blog posts/comments/conversations and not participating in the conversations that are taking place. I want to be an active participant in the communities that interest me or that I work with.

I know that this is an artificial pressure that I put on myself and shouldn't worry about it, but I do. Enough that I have pretty much shut-down and taken most of this week off from participating and commenting on most everything related to social media (not completely, but most of it).

This post is a result of that shut-down.

However, as I said - it all comes down to time.

I have to establish my priorities and what is important to me and focus on those things, instead of trying to be everywhere at once and being an outside participant in too many social media networks.

Over the next few days, I am going to start looking at ways, I can participate more in the Groups and Communities that I need/want to be a part of and prune those that seem to suck me in and lead me down those many rabbit holes that are very cool to travel, but at the same time are not very productive.

Some of the things I need to do are:

  • Look closely at my Google Reader subscriptions and unscubscribe to those I no longer want or need to follow.
  • Go through my Twitter Lists and #hashtags to reduce the number that I am attempting to follow and only use some when I am involved in those Twitter Chats that I love so much.
  • Look at the Facebook Groups/People that I “Like” and possibly change how I use this service a little or a lot.
  • Look at the Google+ Communities and figure out which one are necessary and which ones can I leave and how I use Google+, which I like much more than Facebook.
  • Which social media sites and running websites can I delete my profile from.

I guess what I am saying is that I need to do a complete audit of my social media activities and focus on the areas that I enjoy or need to participate in. I am learning that I can not do it all and don’t want any platform, group or community to feel that I am simply using them as a way to market myself or my blog.

The reality is that

this is not a bad problem to have, but it is something that I need to look very carefully at over the next few days to see how I can focus more on what is important and associate more with the people online that I want to associate with, without making it so that I don’t continue to meet new people as well. Which is one of the reasons that I love social media is meeting people who I would never meet otherwise.

Yes it is all about time and how you spend it. I guess that I just want the quality and focus of my conversations to improve, instead of feeling like I am shotgunning everything and hoping that something will stick.

Do any of you feel this way? What do you think and do you have any words or wisdom or suggestions that we all can use to better use and maintain our social media presence.

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