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Digital Overload or “Technostress”- Chapter 8

January 5th, 2009

I’ve been thinking about this topic quite a lot lately. Blogs, podcasts, videos, RSS feeds, Tumblrs, Flickr, Facebook…. The list goes on and on. There is more information to ingest than ever before, and for me there has never been a more inopportune time than now to face this tidal wave of information.

In 2007 alone, 1,288 X 10(to the eighteenth power) bits, or 161 Billion Gigabytes, of digital content were created, stored, and replicated around the world. In lay terms, that’s 3 million times the amount of information in all the books ever written.


That is a lot data and that is just in one year. So how do you manage all that data? You don’t. You only manage the data that you need to, and choosing what that is, well that’s the tricky part isn’t it?

At one point I had 17 different domains live on the web. Not all of them were cared for on a daily basis, or weekly basis for that matter, but they were out there. Then things got hectic, I decided to start reading more, and a downsize occurred. I went from these 17 domains, all with topics ranging from Leica cameras to Apple computers to poetry, to 3 domains. You are reading one of them, and the other two are about photography and baseball, two of my favorite things. Now each of these sites gets a third of my attention, instead of each of my sites getting 1/17 of my attention. And I’m already seeing returns by focusing my energy on a select group of blogs with very specific topics. This site has only been live for 5 days and it already has had more visitors than 13 of my old sites combined for the month of December.

I used to worry about not keeping up with my news feeds. Now, on an almost weekly basis I select “mark all as read”, because I can’t catch everything, and sometimes you need to clear the stacks of “newspapers on your driveway”, and just focus on what is happening TODAY.

Speaking of keeping up, everything is on track for a successful book #1 during this first week of January. Thanks for everyone’s comments and encouraging words.


Authors, Books, Born Digital, John Palfrey & Urs Gasser , , ,