I'm in a slump.
A blogging slump, that is.
I've been blogging for about four years now, and while I don't feel like I need to make apologies for lack of posting, I do feel as if I'm doing a poor job of communicating. That's almost a joke because there are so many communication methods out there.
E-mail. IM. Hi5. Facebook. MySpace. Blogging. Twitter. And so much more.
I recently picked up a pen and paper and wrote some notes to people back home. One of the team members was leaving to head back to Texas, so I gave her money to mail a package to Pennsylvania. As I wrote the notes, I thought about how half of the people I was writing to I could actually "instantly" communicate with, rather than wait a week for the notes to even reach them.
Several months ago, a bizarre and strange thing happened on my IM account (with MSN) where all my contacts showed up twice so I had 140 contacts. But the weird thing was it only showed up like that on the computer at work, not on the computer at home. So in a moment of pure stupidity :), I went through the contact list at work and deleted all the "extra" accounts. I was so happy to get my contact list back to normal, but that happiness lasted for approximately 4 hours until I got on the home computer and signed in to MSN IM. Silly me, most of my contacts were deleted, leaving me with seven (7) contacts. I had to wait until people chatted me so I could add them back into my contacts. This actually turned out to be a good thing, because my list of 70 contacts dropped down to 36. And in reality, I probably only chat with about 22 of those contacts now.
A couple of weeks ago, I did the same thing with Facebook. I was at about 200 friends, but realized that I didn't really stay in touch with all 200 of them. I decided to trim down the friends list and got it to 95. Just today, someone sent a friend request and I agreed. Out of 105 people, one person re-sent a friend request. Now I do not mean to say that the 104 other people don't want to keep in touch. It just seems to me that it is overkill - too MUCH. We've become so familiarized with one another through social networking that I think we often forget to actually communicate.
So that's what I've been pondering recently. All this communication at my fingertips, and yet I still feel like I'm doing a poor job at, well, communicating. Any thoughts on the matter?