The digital age is an amazing thing. Anything you want to learn or know is literally at your fingertips. Waiting is a thing of the past, you can get information and news in moments and most items can be delivered in just a few days. We are no longer local, we are global!
But on the other hand, there are some distinct downsides to this global world. I am free to write behind the safety of a computer screen (This was great when I was younger, because I was terribly shy), but others feel safe to tear me down. We also lose a big chunk of our communication ability. Our brains are so incredibly complex, that we receive and process so many signals that we aren’t even aware of. Body language, vocal intonation, time, mood, etc. But cutting these out, we lose quite a bit of how we receive information.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love all the advantages that technology has afforded us. But I don’t want to sugar coat it either. We are more alone now that we are more connected than ever. We have lost our human connection in favor of being constantly plugged in. And this has led to an array of other problems. For me, it has increased my stress exponentially as I try to keep pace with this fast moving world and to wear all the hats associated with Indie Publishing.
The truth is, I don’t know how to do all of the things that are necessary to publish successfully. Of the things that I do know, I am probably doing it wrong at least half the time. But we’ve been trained that failure is weakness, to cover it up and hide it away. And I refuse to live by these rules anymore.
Yes, I fail horribly some days. Most days, I have no idea what I’m doing. But you know what, each failure has made me stronger and helped me to learn. And there are people out there who are rocking the things that I’m failing. So I think it’s time to start reinstating the human connection, to let people know that yes I am human and imperfect, but I’m pretty fun to know and who knows, I might know something that will help you on your journey.
So let me know what you think about the digital age and the human connectedness/disconnect. Share something that you’re struggling with and something that you are totally rocking. Let’s give ourselves permission to be human and real again 🙂