- I don't keep up with enough of the amazing vegan blogs out there
- I don't keep up enough with my own blog
- I don't even always respond in a timely enough manner to the interesting and well-thought out comments that my blog readers generously contribute
- my anxiety level rises big time when I'm nearing 10 unread emails in my inbox, so can't even imagine how folks cope when they have hundreds
- my Feedly overfloweth (this is after Google committed Reader-icide)
- I fritter on Twitter at best (my tweets are intermittent and haphazard)
- I almost always forget to tweet my own blog posts, and worse, those of others
- I was so much of a flop on Facebook (all that scrolling and never getting finished) that it seemed like the design changed every time I went back on, so I more or less quit
- I huffily decided that Huffington Post was into social connections way more than I was comfortable with -- no, I don't automatically want to know what articles other contacts are reading right this second
- I am so not into Instagram, and oops, I completely forgot about YouTube!
- Pinterest held my interest for a shorter amount of time than you can say short attention span (not true, but who has time given all the other sites?)
- I don't have the patience for podcasts -- a shame as there are so many great ones. Maybe it's because I'm a fast reader, or that I take in information easier through my eyes than ears, but I've given up on them as it's just too painful.
- I no longer watch or share upsetting videos I know I should watch and share.
And because I'm embarrassed at having easily reached 13 points, I'll leave it at that. I tried, I did. Really. But sadly, I could not and cannot keep up.
Part of it, I think, is that I already spend an inordinate amount of time online trying to maintain my Etsy shop, and yes, I resent the fact that it's assumed that I will blog, tweet, FB, Instagram and Pinterest all in order to sell more of my vintage collectables. Um, no.
Another part of it is that almost every website lately (including Etsy, eBay, Flickr, FB, and even my bank for Pete's sake) seems hell-bent on making their site look as much like its competitors as possible, and the end result (in my decidedly uncharitable opinion) is an extreme uglification all across the board. None of these sites, apparently, can afford to hire designers who know what design, functionality and aesthetics mean, so I end up visiting them less often.
The biggest part of it probably is that there seems to be even less time to indulge in the very tech know-how that was supposed to free up time. Remember way back (you will if you're a baby boomer like me) when the promise was dangled in front of us that leisure time would increase exponentially with the right widgets and gadgets? Right. We're living in an age when the average number of hours worked by North Americans has only increased, and the number of ways you're expected to be available (sometimes on a 24-hour basis) has multiplied in a way that can only be described as crazy-scary.
How do other people cope? Especially those who work full-time (I'm lucky enough to get away with part-time), have childcare and/or eldercare responsibilities (it's eldercare for me), hobbies, interests, and a myriad number of other things to do (ignoring for the moment the basics of sleeping, eating, and cleaning.) And what about plain relaxing? Reading? Actually connecting with people (and lovely non-people) offline? How do we fit it all in without becoming overwhelmed?
Specifically, how do we as vegans who want to change the world fit it all in? How much time do we spend online? How is our advocacy best directed? How do we have a life while also improving the lives of others? And how do we become vegan social media successes without feeling spread too thin? Please, dear reader, I'm counting on you to fill me in because I'm starting to think that I don't have a clue.
p.s. I'm in love lately with phrases like slow coffee (the way I've been making it for 20+ years but without calling it that), and am begining to believe that a slow media diet may just be my cup of tea. ;)
p.p.s. just read and want to share (ha, guess I'm not that much of a failure, snort) Andrew Kirschner's interesting and thought-provoking The Problem With Veganism.