All right, STOP. Collaborate and LISTEN.

If you read my last post you’ll know that I’m at a crossroads with the blog, feeling like I’m going in circles when I try to produce amazing content. It’s not for a lack of ideas — my desk is like a mad scientist’s secret lab, with me tinkering about to perfectly combine these notes, scribbles and sketches into things the world’s never seen. No, rather one can have too many ideas, and what happens when you try to tackle them all at once and not having some patience and conquering it all naturally with a well-thought plan.

These are the musings of a man crawling from under the weight of a million ideas, trying to find the one that’ll buy him the time to handle all the others.

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

My Myers-Briggs personality test would tell you I’m an ENTP type — enthusiastic, energetic extroverts who are big dreamers, always starting one grand scheme after another — they know no limits; the world to an ENTP is one big oyster!

But too often, these plans are short-lived — while I might come up with ideas I love that one day help in making a better world, my follow-through needs work.

That aforementioned desk I work at in the corner of my dining room has papers stacked high with half-formed thoughts and the openings to hundreds of blog posts. It has comic scene sketches, pieces of inspiration, and more art supplies than I’m ever likely to use. There’s stacks of books to read, things to learn, and the tools I need to get all those household odd jobs done.

My desk is a physical embodiment of my ever-growing to-do list, constantly reminding me how much I’ve yet to complete in my life.

An Empire of Clutter

I’ve spent my first few decades relentlessly creating. I’d often be that kid in the corner scribbling furiously in a notebook, not coming up for air until getting my work exactly where I wanted it.

At 31, I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes just as long to clean it all up.

As long as I’ve blogged, I’ve tried to clean up the clutter in my life, always up late with the night’s silence to put my thoughts together. There’re times I feel like I’m making progress — where, for example, I shave my number of draft blog posts to 90 down from 200 — but more common are the times where for every idea I see to completion, two more instantly arrive to take its place.

In an Internet Age where content is king, it’s a gift and a curse, providing plenty of ideas for excellent content, but muddling things up in the execution stage. I dream of a day where it all comes together, freeing me up to pursue some of the other areas in my life.

The name of the game is growth, and that means taking a long look at what you contribute to the world, and whether you’ll eventually like what you see looking back at your legacy.

And that’s why for me less really is more, destroying distractions to reach the heart of the matter — the stories held deep within that I’ve always been trying to tell…

…I just never found the words.

Some is Often Better Than One

So you’ve made it to this last section, wondering why you spent your time having me wax poetic on the things that slow me down. “It’s great that you have ideas,” you say, “But as long as they’re in your head, why should we care about them?”

I firmly believe that you’ve no right to ask anything of the world until you’ve proven that there’s something you can give in exchange. I could ask for all the help in the world, lamenting that everyone could see my ideas the way I see them, and then they’d line up ’round the block to be part of what I have in mind.

But if wishes were fishes, we’d all cast nets, and last I checked the harbour’s pretty sparse!

Instead, I’ve taught myself a valuable lesson about ideas, my time on the Internet showing me that things don’t have to be perfect on your first try to eventually be amazing. Though it may not seem it in the urban blogopshere, the digital universe’s rife with collaborative opportunities, and the skills of many always eclipse those of one.

It’s time to give up the reins — it’s time to put my cards on the table and see who else wants to play. Though it’ll takes ages before I feel like my house is in order, reality’s nipping at my heels, reminding me I’m not getting any younger, and perhaps I should trust in the abilities of others, lest the ship go down with the captain.

So don’t be surprised if an idea or two make their way here, inviting you to come out and play, showing what you’ve got to add to the equation, potentially leading to things that benefit us all.

Come find me on the playground — I’ve already saved you a spot!

See you there,

–case p.

Author: Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff. When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him. Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

11 thoughts on “THE GREAT SOCIAL MEDIA STORY: All Right, STOP. Collaborate and LISTEN.”

  1. OK…you have just described me!! This is exactly how I feel inside my head and my OCD personality is totally at odds with all of the ideas cluttering my mind. There are never enough hours in the day to get those ideas organized on paper and out of my mind.
    LOVE this – “It’s time to give up the reins — it’s time to put my cards on the table and see who else wants to play. ” If only my personality would allow this…lol! Awesome post!

    1. Ha, I think most of us visionary bloggers have problems really stepping back and seeing whether someone can take our idea and drive it home. There are enough out there who want to steal content and have ill intentions that it’s hard to trust, but we can’t possibly do everything ourselves, you know?

      Just a number of thoughts that’ve been rattling through my head as of late — figured it was time to share 🙂

      Good luck on your end!

    1. Dawn, I don’t know about you, but with all the ideas running through my head clamouring for attention, I think letting go of a few is the only way I’ll be able to get anything of significance done 😉

  2. Casey, I think you’ve just described what many of us are feeling. You are not alone, my friend. Such a great post.

    P.S. Keep on doin’ yo thang. I absolutely love your blog, your writing, and your sense of humour.

    Now I have that song in my head, by the way.

    1. If “Ice, Ice, Baby” wasn’t stuck in your head due to this post, I wrote my title wrong 😐

      I feel like many feel the same way, but these are moments one needs to push through in order to get to the good stuff. I’m hoping I don’t prove myself wrong with that theory 😉

      Thanks for the encouragement! I’ve a lot yet to share 😀

  3. I cannot function with a mess, I just spiral downward. However, my office (where I do most of my work) is just a disaster lol.

    …and thanks now I can’t stop singing Ice Ice Baby. 😉

    1. I love that a simple reference to a catchy song is like an earworm and then people can’t stop thinking about it 😉 Good on you for catching it, though!

      I operate in a mess 24/7, I guess? Organized chaos, if you will. My desk, which takes up 2% of the house, is the only zone where a mess is permitted 😛 It slowly gets there as I type up notes or items get assimilated into blog posts and other content.

      There’s method to the madness, I promise!

    1. CP, you know I always appreciate the support 🙂 I feel like things are finally starting to come together, and I hope to come to you with an actual plan of what I’m trying to accomplish sooner than later 🙂

      Step by step, right? It’s been a long journey so far!

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