Trying to juggle all the bowling pins of applications without losing my shit

The Sunday Salon.comOn the reading front, I finished Fatal Voyage, the fourth in the Bones/Temperance Brennan series, by Kathy Reichs and started The Road To Ruin, the 11th in the Dortmunder series, by Donald E. Westlake. I would have made better progress on the book had I not prematurely returned it to the library on Tuesday. I came home, intending to delve into the book and possibly finish it only to discover I had returned it with a few other books earlier that night. As it is now, I’m still working my way through it and enjoying it as I’ve enjoyed the other 10 in the series.

On Wednesday, I wrote about Westlake and how he is a “comfort author” to whom I keep returning. I then asked all of you if you had any comfort authors. To see the responses or give your own response, go visit the post here.

On Thursday, I joined Google +. I can be found here: I don’t know about y’all, but I’m getting a little overwhelmed by all the places we now can find each other. I mean not only am I on Facebook: both page, and personal profile (or in other words, chapter and verse), but also I am on Tumblr: and Twitter: I think I’m still on StumbleUpon, Reddit, FriendFeed, Buzz,, posterous, Pandora, Blip, blah de blah blah blah, but I don’t visit any of them regularly as much as the first four mentioned. Oh, I think I forgot some of the Yahoo products too: Flickr and Fluckr 😉 and all the rest. As I told a friend online earlier this week, I waived Wave when it happened. I even have an application to keep track of all the places I’m on: Retaggr, which is badly in need of updating and why I’m not providing a link to it.

So my questions today are:

How do you manage all the pieces of yourself? How do you integrate them or are you like me with at least three tabs (laugh, thought I’d die, seriously with blogs I’m reading too, usually about 10 to 15) open on your browser and going back and forth among them?If you feel particularly narcissistic like I did, leave links to your umpteen profiles on your umpteen applications and maybe I’ll follow you at one or more of them…if I can juggle all these bowling pins without losing my shit.

And just to  prove again that you can find anything on YouTube when you type in the most random…ahem…stuff (“juggling bowling pins” in this case — good thing I didn’t type in the rest of the phrase who knows what I would have come up with), here is your Moment of Zen for today, Sunday, July 12:

Forgive me for my use of a four-letter word, I just thought “composure” sounded too hoity-toity.

Peace out, y’all. Holla.

30 responses to “Trying to juggle all the bowling pins of applications without losing my shit

  1. I haven’t been invited to Google+ but i don’t think I’m interested. I recently deactivated my FB page. Twitter and blogging is enough for me. I don’t know how people keep up with everything.

  2. Oh dear! I thought I was doing so great having FB and a blog. Now I realize I’m sadly lacking. But it may be just as well.

  3. Yay! I joined Google + too. And we are now in each others circles!

  4. Currently on fb, twitter, G+1 and some others that I haven’t been to in awhile. Add in keeping up with Google Reader and all the forums like Tribal and SITS, well, it is all a bit overwhelming. I want to go to two or three places and that is it.

  5. I try to keep these sites at a bare minimum, if possible. I’m on Twitter quite a bit, via my iPhone, but I don’t log into Facebook nearly as much as I used to, mainly because I stopped playing the games. (I have an increased amount of free time as a result.)

    I started a group Posterous site with my brother and sister as a private online discussion group. I’ve been pondering getting onto Tumblr, however, that’s only if I develop a photography habit that I’ve been wanting to for quite some time.

    Usually, I’m able to keep everything straight via apps on my iPhone. Some of those apps actually help me keep track of everything.

    • I play a limited number of games on Facebook with a select few. I was game crazy for a while, but I’ve cut back at least in the number of games I play. Twitter: See my remarks earlier. 🙂 Tumblr or Posterous: I’m probably going with Posterous now because it seems to be more compatible with Facebook than Posterous (as far as embedding videos).

      • I hear ya about Twitter. I don’t really tweet a lot, just do reading, but it’s part of my process of cutting down the amount of time I spend online. My main goal is to keep it to just writing on my blog, and the news, and hopefully, I can draw down my time online. We’ll see.

  6. It’s too much. I’m going nuts trying to keep my content up to date on all these social apps. Plus it’s all the same people following my blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google+. I’m hoping for it to shake out soon so that we’ll benefit from the best system. Kinda like VHS vs Beta.

    • Yeah, it’s pretty the same people for me, although I’m “gaining” a few new folks each time I “do” a different social app. That said, it’s never been about the numbers for me…my problem is I’m too damned nice and don’t know when to cut folks off, not because their content is bad but because we might not relate. And that’s okay.

  7. I am an early adopter but I do limit myself on certain sites. FB and Tumblr are quick check-ins, as will be Google+. I spend a majority of my time on Twitter because it is portable and usually the most interesting of all the sites. It is a balancing act, but to me, Twitter gives me the most rewards for my investment of time.

    • It’s difficult for me to “give up” Facebook because of family and friends I have on there. Tumblr: I haven’t used as much as I could or in the right way. I think I’ve come upon a way today, though, which might make it more useable for me. Google Plus: I don’t know yet. We’ll see. Twitter can be fun and a nice diversion, but I’m not sure what I get out of it. That said, I do have fun watching Hitchcock movies once a week as part of a group called #hitchfest.

  8. Comfort authors = Ian Fleming and Christopher Moore and Harlan Coben and Lee Child and Dennis Lehane. I have a Twitter and Facebook account, but I rarely use them.

  9. I usually have about ten tabs open. I have a twitter, librarything, Goodreads, Facebook, and other accounts. After reading your post, I think it’s time that I delete a few of my accounts like LibraryThing and StumbleUpon.

    • I don’t even use StumbleUpon or Reddit or Technorati or whatever. They all blend together for me into one blob of applications I don’t use. I know there are some who might say I should use some of them, but I’m content not using them and besides the one-off post here and there, they really haven’t benefited me. Yeah, I do only have one reading place now: Goodreads. Keeping it simple. Well, trying to keep it simple.

  10. I just don’t worry too much about all of it. I have accounts on facebook and twitter, but just don’t have the time to add a tumblr page. There are so many book-related sites to keep up with too (goodreads, librarything, etc.) not to mention just regular upkeep of the blog – and all of the transition stuff from going self-hosted. If I tried to do everything at once I’d implode. I just do what I’m comfortable with and then walk away.

    • I think I need to focus on just a few and forget the rest. The few for now would start with my main blog here, Tumblr to keep track of what I read, watch and listen to and Facebook and Google Plus for social networking. The rest, for the most part, would fade into the background.

  11. I normally have at least 4 tabs open, but it depends on what I’m trying to do at the time. When I’m on blogger, that automatically means that twitter and Goodreads and sometimes Amazon are open as well. I tend to check facebook more from my phone then on my computer.
    And a lot of time when I’m on Twitter, I end up on Tumblr and that can sometimes distract me for way longer than it should.

    I keep seeing Google + all over Twitter and facebook. I need to look into it, but this is the longest I’ve been online in like a week!

    • I have four tabs open myself right now: Facebook, Google Plus, Gmail and now one for comments on this post where I’m replying to you. I check Twitter on Tweetdeck every once in a while, but don’t keep it open because it keeps popping up windows in front of me (pop, pop, pop, pop — like the sucking sound of the Martians in Toy Story movies), and that drives me crazy.

  12. Oh, yes, all the pieces scattered throughout cyberspace….I do recall opening profiles on a number of places I no longer visit or link to. My main ones are Facebook and Twitter, and, of course, my zillion blogs (only ten now, down from twenty at one point).

    Thanks for visiting my Sunday Salon.

  13. I have resisted Tumblr and now am resisting Google+ – I have enough to keep track of with just my blog, Twitter, and Facebook!

  14. Participation in redundant social media is a choice. If you skip merrily around setting up profiles everywhere you can, then have trouble keeping track of them, perhaps its a sign you should choose one or two, use and enjoy them, and forget the rest.

  15. I think I just have way too much time on my hands when it comes to juggling all of them but i do have some favorites that i keep returning to again and again. I am really liking google plus so i hope my in real friends get on. would make my online life so much easier.

    • I’m pretty sticking with the favorites, but even there I wish there was a way to consolidate. Who knows? Maybe someday they’ll all be one company! 😉 Scary thought of the day.

  16. I’m on twitter @emperorsclothes and Facebook

    I’m not sure about Google+ – I’m a late adopter. I’d be interested to know what you think of it.