Information overload! It’s a term my hubby uses when he hears a message preached that has a ton of great points, but there are so many that he walks away not remembering any of them.
The same seems to be true on the information highway. There are a gajillion posts on Bible study, marriage, motherhood, ministry, family, special needs families, caregiving, prayer, praise, and purpose and the list goes on and on. They’re ALL GOOD THINGS!
But there are so many of them out there, there’s no way you can read them all, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed by them all and just tune out.
We weren’t built to be spread so thin. Not with our time and not with our reading material.
And then there is the whole branding issue.
Marketing classes want everyone to be branded. For quite some time, there were many who wanted to brand me as the girl who speaks on overcoming sexual abuse, or adoption, or tragedy to triumph kind of issues.
And I LOVE talking on those things, but the truth is, JESUS IS MY BRAND and I LOVE TEACHING THE WORD and reaching people for Christ! Those are my favorite things to do! I’m a word girl. I LOVE going back to the Hebrew and the Greek and discovering how wide and deep each word of the WORD is and then sharing that with others.
So, while I have a ministry that ministers to moms and is all about making mentoring missional, the reason I have that ministry is because God called me to it. He used some of my own back story and prompted me to reach moms and the next generation through the power of mentoring. WHY? Because He left us here with the call to reach people for Christ, and for me, I can’t imagine any better way to reach the NEXTgeneration of children then to reach THIS generation of moms!
So, those who are interested in growing in their walk as mothers, in living their lives on mission, on mentoring, on reaching moms for Christ, and on ministering to those who know Him…those are the ones who read The M.O.M. Initiative’s website. Those who aren’t won’t.
But they may be reading a ton of other blogs that speak to where they are. They only problem is there are so many.
SOOOO…how do you continue to grow by allowing yourself some time to read good, biblically solid blogs, yet not overwhelm yourself with information overload?
Here are 3 things you can do to minimize your inbox or your RSS feeder:
1. Weed through all the blogs you have signed up for. If you repeatedly delete them before every reading them, then give them one more shot. Remember, you subscribed for a reason. So, make yourself read all the way through the next post and even go to their website and check out the posts from the previous month. If it doesn’t speak to you where you are or where you know you’re headed, then unsubscribe. (Example: You may have subscribed for a blog that shares insights about expecting mothers. You did that when you were pregnant. But now your little one is in pre-k and you’re still getting that thing. It’s okay to let it go. Really! :-))
2. Set your timer and don’t allow yourself to read more than a specific amount of time. That way, you’ll find yourself going for the blogs that are pertinent and powerful, and after about 2 weeks or so, you’ll be able to tell which ones you really read and which ones are just cluttering up your inbox.
3. Don’t sign up for anymore unless you are absolutely…100% sure you are going to read them. Sometimes we read a post that we love and we automatically subscribe. But the problem is, they start clogging up your inbox or RSS feeder and you never get to read another one. If you liked what you read, make a note to read it for about 2 weeks. If it consistently ministers to you, then subscribe. Just don’t subscribe on a whim.
So…there you have it. Three things that can help you with your overflowing inbox.
How about you? Have you stopped reading blogs because it’s just information overload? Or maybe it’s for some other reason. Share with us WHY YOU HAVE STOPPED READING BLOGS?