Most kids I know like some type of candy. As a child raised in a poor family, I cherished holidays like Halloween and Easter where there was always that guaranteed token of chocolate to help celebrate the holidays. But there never seemed to be enough chocolate for me growing up. Being a true chocoholic, when I got older I decided one day to indulge to my heart’s content in the silky smooth goodness of a rather large bag of plain M&M’s. I wanted to indulge in my chocolate fantasy, but of course things didn’t turn out as I had imagined. Instead of spending the good part of the day on some kind of sensually smooth caffeine high, I got rather sick from the excessive sugar. Definitely a case of a good thing really not being that good for me.
This past weekend I got to thinking about things like writing and blogging and social media and that’s when it occurred to me that sometimes what appears to be a good thing ends up doing more harm than good. As anyone who knows me can tell you, I like to write. I LOVE to blog. And I participate in many online communities where I learn something new every day to help me become a stronger writer. I also like sharing exciting news happening in my world and keeping up to date with all the other news happening in my friends’ worlds. But once that cheering and celebrating and interacting starts to overwhelm people, then I know what I originally thought was a good thing may not be after all.
I found out this weekend my online posts might be alienating some of my friends as my happy news loads up their inbox with repetitious comments. I understand what that feels like as I navigate through an average of 200 or more emails a day myself so it truly bothers me to know my posts made it necessary for some of my readers to abandon following me. Sometimes a seemingly good thing really isn’t.
I’m grateful for the people who cared enough to let me know what was going on. It took no small amount of courage to tell me why they decided to disconnect with me and I will be forever grateful for their honesty. Living in this fast paced world we find ourselves in helps determine how much time we can devote to being online and who really wants to feel like they got caught up in some wacky version of Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day?
So don’t start wondering what happened to me when you no longer see many online posts from me any more. It’s not that I’m no longer having fun, it’s just that I don’t want to give anyone a headache from too much of a good thing. Besides, you can always visit me here or join my personal Facebook page to hear the latest news about me…;~)