You’ll find as you read my blog more, that I am a deep thinker and I really enjoy getting at the heart of things to uncover the real problem, solution, and issue at hand. I don’t write about technology because I love to sit here at my computer all day typing. In fact, I have carpel tunnel to keep my time on the computer in check. The issue I’m wrestling with today is feeling overloaded by my online identity.

From Facebook to LinkedIn to Plaxo to MySpace, from Flicker to Yahoo! to Google to Picasa, it seems as though there’s an endless stream of “to-do’s” online. The more you know, the more you don’t know. Funny thing, as you get older, this truism makes itself aparent in so many areas of my life.

But realistically, how does one keep up with it all? Often, I’m simply blown away by the plethora of options for staying in touch with people that sometimes, it takes away from the real relationships right here at home.

I advocate technology usage in so much as it benefits and helps edify me and others; it brings people together or accomplishes a task so that more work for the Kingdom can be done. But when technology begins to take over and complicate life, that’s when I have to take a step back and evaluate what I could be doing differently so that I have more time in my life instead of less.

What separates your online life from your offline life? They are not two separate things, but for many of us, our online identity is an extension of our personality and everyday life. I value blogs, social networks, photo streaming, and other web 2.0 technologies because they help me stay connected in really wonderful ways. Often, I feel I know more about cousins in another state, or friends from high school than I do my friends right here in town that don’t do Facebook.

I’m spoiled in that I can know what people are doing right here and now. But I still lag behind in keeping my online identity up-to-date because of other demands on my time. My family blog is sorely out of date (if only I could make posts in my sleep). But thank goodness I still have a telephone on as a fallback πŸ™‚

  • How to you keep up with it all and how does this play into your role at your church or company?
  • How do you use social media as a tool to stay in touch and manage your life?