Status Update Overload

I beg you... no more...

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed, maybe you are suffering from status update overload.
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The woes of the digital world

As an online writer, it seems a necessary evil to create backlinks to your stories, articles or hubs. Supposedly this will give you more credibility online - well, at least as far as Google is concerned. At least that is the rumors I have heard.

As a writer, we all want our work to be read. We painfully sign up for all these places so we can continually backlink with high hopes we will be recognized for the writing genius we think we are.

Yet, when is it too much?

Social networking is a great way to get exposure. Unfortunately, unless we network with other writers, the only people we are exposing our writing too is family and friends. And if you over do the linking, this might actually mean you are not really exposing, as much as you are irritating.

The likelihood is these backlinks do not necessarily mean you will be reaching out to the millions. In fact, the ones least likely to read what an online writer writes or shares is family and friends. They might occasionally stop by, but if the online writing thing isn't their gig, they might not necessarily be into yours.

To them, a post on Facebook from Hubpages or a blog, is just another posting of spam they breeze on by without even a second glance. Yet we all continue to post, and we continue to open social networking accounts. All in hopes to get a little bit of attention.

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Social Networking at it's finest

There are several different social networking sites out there. The first one I signed up for was MySpace. To me it was fun. I could find cutesy little graphics and post them on my friend’s pages. I could upload a song that described how I was feeling. I could set a background picture that fit perfectly with my personality. The problem - it had become time consuming. Not only did I spend way too much updating my mood on MySpace and personalizing my profile, but if I wanted to view any of my friends pages, it took forever, even with high speed internet, because the system was too bogged down.

Then there came Facebook. Facebook is big in terms of social media. Apparently, you aren’t cool if you aren’t on Facebook. Well, at least that was what I was told before I had my Facebook account. Yet, I continued to hesitate. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to MySpace. I also wasn’t ready to spend more of my precious time on another social networking site. This, however, was before I started writing online for Hubpages. It was for social purposes only. To keep in touch with family and friends. Therefore, the only thing I did was update what I was doing, just like the vast majority of people who use Facebook for a non-networking purpose.

Then one day I saw my dad playing a game. I wanted to try it out. Yet, he didn’t want me to screw up his score on his Facebook profile. That night, I went home and opened my very own Facebook Profile, purely because I wanted to try this one game. From then on, my relationship with MySpace dwindled down to almost being nonexistent, as most people's accounts had. I became involved in the world of Farmville and Bejeweled Blitz. I updated my statuses a few times a day, if not more. I was addicted, just like the majority of Facebook users. Yet, I vowed these would be the only social networking sites I would belong to… until a couple of weeks ago.

That was when RealHousewife twisted my arm. She insisted I get a Twitter account. She might have even threatened my life. That is the only thing I can think of since I had vowed to stay away from opening up another account. Either that or she has special powers of hypnosis. So off I went to join the world of tweeters! While I was at it, I went ahead and joined Google+ as well. Why not? One more can’t possibly hurt!

It was an ordinary day...

It wasn’t different from any other day. I wake up to the sounds of my son screaming to get out of the crib. I roll over and try to ignore him, yet he is persistent and eventually I gave in. I go into his room with a big smile and say, “Good morning my little man!” He smiles a toothy smile and has me evacuate his blankets and anything else he can manage to grab from his bed.

After a hour or so of cartoons, the kids all get there breakfast and then I take a quick break and try to check all the sites I belong too: Facebook and Hubpages being the main two. Yet, now I have added even more sites to my “sites that I must check daily list” On top of both Facebook and Hubpages, now I am heading over to Google + and Twitter. Yet, there is so much in my feeds that I find myself skimming. Then, I try to figure out something clever to say, and my mind is a blank. I can not think of anything mildly amusing. I am obviously suffering from Status Update Overload.

If it isn’t bad enough… I can’t think of something to write as a status update… not even on one site… I find my mind can’t concentrate on my writing either. So later in the day, while my children are down for their naps, I attempt the impossible. I attempt to write something profound, funny, informative, and maybe even a little creative. Yet, pounding on the keys does nothing. I may have used every key on my laptop, but the one used the most is the backspace button.

I find I am at a loss for words!

Facebook was just the beginning, but when you add in Twitter and Google+, coming up with all these different status updates can be overwhelming.
Facebook was just the beginning, but when you add in Twitter and Google+, coming up with all these different status updates can be overwhelming. | Source

Do you suffer from Status Update Overload?

With so many social networking sites out there, and a variety of sites to add backlinks too, suffering from Status Update Overload is a very common problem for writers. In fact, I estimate that online writers will suffer from this horrible disease several times a month (or maybe even a week) in just a matter of years! So, now that you are aware, what are the tell tale signs you are suffering from Status Update Overload.

  1. You find your online writing is suffering. Only weeks before you had a surplus of ideas floating in your head. One day, you wake up and all the ideas have vanished. This might come on suddenly, or it might come on slowly. You might notice this and write it off as a touch of writer’s block. Yet, what really may be happening is that you are using up all your creativity by writing status updates in your numerous social networking sites.
  2. Your status updates revolve around what you are eating for every meal. This is a sure sign you have run out of things to say. If you go back and look at your status updates and the last few are all meal centered, you might have a problem. No one really cares what you are eating (unless of course you are having a fabulous meal that you prepared and are sharing the recipe!)
  3. You start reading other people’s statuses and just liking. Your creative juices are on the down flow and therefore you can not even come up with something mildly amusing to even comment on what they said. In other words, you have run out of comebacks.
  4. As you try to fall asleep at night, you find yourself trying to come up with creative status updates for your profiles. This is definitely a no-no. For one, this will cause you to start having insomnia. You need to put your ideas to bed so you can get some sleep. Without the proper amount of sleep, your creativity will continue to dwindle. Save the status updates for the daytime, not when you are heading to bed.
  5. You leave your status updates blank… because you are at a loss for words.

Status Update Song

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About the Author

Stacy Harris, also known as Barbergirl28, is a wife of 12 years and a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful girls and one handsome little boy. After high school, she joined the Army to become a photojournalist. To this day, she continues to have a passion for writing and photography. After leaving the military, she obtained a license in Cosmetology and also studied Massage Therapy. Her passions include writing, photography, cooking, crafts, health, and fitness. Currently, she is working on a book and freelancing at Hubpages.

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SummerSurf 5 years ago

With so many social networking sites and online writing sites you can easily find it taking over. At times I have nothing to say on Facebook... And twitter.. Well I rarely twitter unless to repost someone else's inspirational words for the day. Thanks for writing about what many of us are thinking.


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kimh039 5 years ago

I loved the status update song, and posted it on facebook. There. Now I don't have to update my status again for awhile.


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well at least I can still click on the FUNNY button! Even though I have nothing clever or witty to say here.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Social networking in general can be mind-numbing and non-productive. If you must, bg, stick to Twitter. It is most helpful when you just tweet about your hubs.

See my two hubs about Twitter and marketing your writing with Tweets.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - ok quit trying to act like your not genius hilarious every day! But - you've spun that thought into an excellent hub - therefore you are an excellent writer of hubs AND status updates:)!!

So now I'm going to share this on FB! Oh and Drbj - BBG and I are Facebook friends so she read your Twitter hubs while I twisted her arms! LOL

P.s. Love the picture!! Perfect!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Summersurf - the inspiration behind this actually came because I found I was having a hard time actually publishing anything online. My mind was literally blank. So, I took a break hoping that I would be able to ease back into it the way I was before and before I knew it, I had nothing. I was actually struggling with writing. Something I don't encounter very often. Instead of the break helping, it made it worse. Hopefully now the worst is over. Makes me happy that I am not the only one being affected by this! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kimh - when I found the song I was laughing so hard. There was another one too. I can't remember the exact name, but I think it was just the Facebook Song. I posted it to my wall, so I am good for awhile too! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Austinstar - thank you for clicking it funny. But I hope this hub didn't put you into the slump I was in... that would be horrible! :) If it did we will have to start telling bad jokes back and forth until one of us gets inspiration or at least a good status update from it!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@drbj - I did just open my twitter account, so I am still learning the ins and outs. I have found it is pretty fun. Especially since most of the stuff on twitter is purely for networking. Everything I write will go on twitter, whereas I am a little more choosey on what I post on Facebook, Google + and Myspace. I will definately have to check your tuturials out. I can use all the help I can get! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Realhousewife - yes, but you are genius for giving me the saying that allows me to come up with these wierd and twisted hubs. After all, if you weren't twisting my arm, I would have never gotten status update overload! LOL... I knew it was that damn tweeting! LOL


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Very interesting... But what if you don't meet any of those reasons and still can't seem to write a thing? Does that mean I just can't write? lol. Maybe today I will sit down and write something just for you barbergirl!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I could be a wide variety of different things... maybe you are just to preoccupied to write. Maybe the garden gnomes attacked your creativity while you were asleep turning off your ability to write. Maybe you have too many distractions going on around you. Maybe you just aren't in the mood. Or maybe, try using a writing prompt and just writing. It works really well to say that you have to keep writing regardless for ten minutes. If you run out of something to say then you keep repeating the last word over and over again until inspiration hits you smack dab on the head and you come up with something. Some of my best stuff has come from that. It helps free your mind. Good luck - now go write! :)


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Barbergirl, what a funny (and true) hub. I never know what to write in my Facebook status and spend a lot of time just reading others...mostly for pure entertainment. But so many statuses are pure rubbish, mindless babble - like "I am eating toast" (who cares?) :-)


PenMePretty 5 years ago

Voted: Interesting and Useful. I relate with every word! Great job!!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - I didn't have to twist too hard - and look not only are you a GREAT writer - your typing skills are pretty great too! Maybe you could start doing mine! Lol. Also I tweeted this one - aint it grand?


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Sometimes ideas come fast and furious and sometimes there is a drought. I'm in drought mode right now. Carp, I wish it would rain...


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cloverleaf - I think the worst status updates are the ones about what your eating. I don't care what your eating... unless it is something unusual. But the act of chewing truly doesn't amuse me. I think I would rather see an absense of status updates then always making me think of food... Ha ha ... I am glad that you enjoyed it and could relate. :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@PenmePretty - Thanks for stopping buy. Glad you enjoyed this one!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - my arm still hurts a little ;) Ha ha - actually I really like twitter... you were just the final push to getting one. It actually is really useful and I get a lot of interesting information from it. Even following my favorite soap star... :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Austinstar - I totally feel the whole drought think. The last few that I have done have been what I like to call forced writing. It didn't really flow out of me like some of my writing does. I think I am over stressed... that doesn't help much when you are trying to write. I am hoping the forced writing pushes me out of my very own drought. Hopefully the conversations can spark an idea from one of us! :)


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

At least you have a cute spy baby to inspire you!


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ghomefitness 5 years ago from Chicago,IL

Creativity comes and goes with inspiration but your quick wit will always be a tool you can count on.


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WhatBigJohnThinks 5 years ago

Funny because everything you read about getting read says use Twitter, facebook, and social media. But when you do, nobody reads anyway.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Austinstar - yes yes... but be warned, he can be very very tricky. And he likes old school western songs. Never know what to expect from him... lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ghomefitnes - thank you very much for the nice comment. I had a long talk with my wit and said since my creativity was on vacation, it was time for wit to do some work. It struggled a little bit, but I think I should give it a pat on the back as well. :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@John - The problem with reading stuff on the internet on what your suppossed to do to get noticed is most of it is written by people who just have an idea. I have never been all to successful with social media, but lately I started adding more networking writers to my social networking sites. This has been a big difference because not only do I share my stuff with them, they share my stuff with their friends and I share there stuff and we all get much more exposure. But in reality, if it is nothing more than family and friends, social networking isn't going to work too well. Oh yeah, and you have to get a following that takes time too. It gets frustrating, but patience is probably the only advice that is consistently true for all people. :)


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

OMG, I am SO overloaded just from reading this hub and comments. I gotta take a nap . . .


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - It is a busy life as a social networker. I am starting to think we should get paid a better wage to do it! LOL - although a nap does sound pretty appealing right about now!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

barbergirl! Thank you for giving voice to something I had been noticing the last few days. My status' and comments have become little more than electronic grunts. Which, believe me, can't make for a pleasant audio. Great Job! P.S. ...I poked all the good buttons up at the top there...you earned each one!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ThoughtSandwhiches - Luckily for me I turn off the volumne on my computer. Therefore I don't get to hear all the electronic grunts. However, my only choice is to read them, that is, if there is much to read. It seems the interaction on these social networking sites is slowing down. I guess more people have status update than we really know about. It is turning into an epidemic... ;)


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

hmmmm...secret status update stuff. I believe you are on to something. It does slow down around these parts with the nice weather.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

So.... nice weather means people don't have much to say... crummy weather means people have a lot to say. That just goes to show if people aren't complaining they have nothing to say... lol


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

lol...that's what I'm saying!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I also voted this funny as well as up. As you know I am on Twitter and am happy to post good hubs of others I read...like yours. Haven't yet figured out the Google+ thing although I think I signed up for it and as to FB...I rarely even go into it. Definitely do not play games on it. No time to do that. Now...if only there were 48 hour days...things could be different! Ha!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Peggy W - I hear you on that... I totally wished there were more hours in the day. As I am responding to comments, it is almost 8:30 at night and my husband is giving me the evil eye. He wants to watch a TV show with me. I guess it is time to get off the internet. I have only been on here all day! I am probably one of those who update my status so regularly it irritates people. Mostly I spend my time on Facebook. I have twitter too, but sometimes forget to use it... and G+ - I always forget its there. It is still new!


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia

Hey Barbergirl!

About 8 months ago I deleted my Facebook profile. I also took out Twitter and never came back.

Status Update Overload? I must have suffered from it next to the addiction I had to social networking.

A week ago I decided to go back to Facebook because of Hubpages and missing my friends pictures abroad. I made a deal though....

Weekly status updates, deleting old posts and having very few pictures myself. Too time consuming if I want to keep writing and stay fresh.

Great Hub! Voted up, Awesome and Shared!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Escobana - wow - you must have really been overloaded. I have actually found that I am pretty addicted to it. My excuse is that it is a good way to network with other writers. I have recently also opened up my own blog, been doing video blogs and trying to write a book for NaNoWriMo as well. It has been crazy. But I am glad for social networking because of all my writer friends I have had a great support system from people I haven't really even met in person! :)


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia

Funny enough I just asked you about blogging and where you do this.

I hadn't seen this comment yet. Video blogging sounds interesting but I would need to think it through. Good for you, trying to write a book!

NaNoWriMo? I'll check it out as well. And as far as the support system of social networking I feel Hubpages is very much like this.

A lot of support and help. Facebook however is still a network I feel is overly directed by....money and advertisement. And it's been used too much as a datingsite, which bothers me too.

At least you can do a lot about your settings these days so I made it impossible to get an overload this time:-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

My blog is called Ramblings of An Undiagnosed Mad Woman and it is on blogger. I don't know if I have posted the links anywhere... and not sure if I can actually post the link here or not without the comment being taken down. I have to say, video blogging is tough. But it is fun. I try to make fun of myself a little bit to make it funny while getting the point across.

The book is coming along nicely - hopefully it will be published soon, but it does keep me very busy.

As for Facebook - yeah - it seems to be filled with lots of drama. I think that is what attracted me to Hubpages so much - it was like Facebook full of writers. Love the support. :)


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia

Thanks girl! I'm going to check out your blog and see if I will start one myself. Hubpages is still a time consuming hobby of mine so we'll see.

Keep me posted about the book! Would love to know what it's about and if there's a way to get it here in Spain.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Escobana - Let me know if you start a blog. I found I had a little bit more freedom there than I do here on Hubpages. So, I will save Hubpages for more of my researched type writings.

I think when I finish my book I will probably try to publish it through Amazon. Can you guys access that in Spain. I might try the traditional way, but I need to do some more looking into finding a publisher. Now a days it seems everything has gone digital. Although having my book in print and on the shelf would be pretty awesome as well! :)


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia

Amazon is good for me here:-) Didn't get to your blog yet. Can I leave comments on there if I like?

Still wondering what to do but I'll let you know if I'm starting a Blog somewhere. Have a great day babe!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Escobana - I am pretty sure that you can leave a comment. If I have it set up properly anybody can leave a comment. If you are having difficulty though - let me know so I can address that. I want it to be as user friendly as possible! :)

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