about me

My name is Tracey Holden-Quinn and I've worked in the field of public relations and communications for over 15 years. 

I love communication technology. The field of social media is rapidly growing and quickly shifting traditional business and communication models. The benefits of this technology seem limitless; higher productivity, enhanced communication with stakeholders, more exposure, better awareness, and can be inexpensive.
 
So why do we  find ourselves tuning out more and more each day?
A few years ago,  I introduced the use of social media to my workplace.  At the time, social media was fast becoming an integral tactic in the "take action and communicate" step of a public relations plan. It allowed for immediate feedback and could provide measurable results. This seemed like a wonderful tool, however I noticed it could also produce information overload with unintended results- and quickly. I realized that competent use of social media involved a lot more than simply creating a company Facebook and Twitter account.  My passion and excitement for all things "social" would only get me so far;  I needed to learn more.

Like many others, I can feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that speeds toward me at an exponential pace. The belief is that technology is making our professional and personal lives better, more productive, streamlined, and efficient. Instead, there's increasing evidence of information overload, social media burnout, and anxiety. More people, including myself, are trying to figure out how to restore the balance we once had in our lives.

We may begin to criticize ourselves as the quest to keep up with social media becomes exhausting and unrelenting.
David Armano summed it up best: “Seriously, you just want things to slow down a little and perhaps get really good at using some of the great technologies that are out there before you have to jump on another without even knowing why you're jumping.”

We spend more time trying to be everything to everyone, all the while criticising ourselves because we feel what we're doing is never good enough.

That’s no way to live.

This is what Social Media Information Overload- Silencing Your Inner Critic is about.  I hope this site will assist us in realizing we're not alone and it's possible to free ourselves from destructive thoughts and emotions surrounding social media and the race to keep up. We can silence our inner critic and learn to be kind to ourselves, and regain our enthusiasm about communicating using Web 2.0.

After-all, social media is not about the tools, or keeping up with the latest trends. It’s about communication and making genuine connections. In order to do this and be happy while doing it, we must first establish this connection with ourselves.