I generally look to my feed of a thousand plus articles per day for inspiration on what to write about. Last week nothing called out to me.
So I didn’t write.
I couldn’t quite grasp why I felt so unmotivated. And then, this tweet scrolled past:
I don’t know Alexis Gay, but I follow her. She’s funny and clever.
Here she sort of captures it. The torrent of content on remote working making the same points over and over is wearing me out.
Over the past month, my Feedly feed has contained hundreds of articles on remote working, the future of remote work, keeping up with employees when remote working, managing Zoom properly, optimizing lighting for video, and every other angle related to the massive challenges of not sitting next to the guy you work with.
There was one with an image of a nose to warn readers about the dangers of nostril cam. And lots on the hilarity that ensues when mute is on or off when it shouldn’t be or when your spouse walks through the picture in various stages of undress or in a Cowboy costume or something else ridiculous.
Too much. The workplace blog version of the America’s Home Videos “Dad being hit in his groin while playing ball with his kid” clip. Tiresome AF.
With the world being devastated by COVID-19, the gruesome George Floyd killing and insane aftermath, these articles are unoriginal and off-key. It feels as if all these writers are looking for something to say and have found the easiest, laziest thing to comment on and recomment on.
I understand it. Finding compelling subjects to write about is hard. But not every thought is a gem. Sometimes, I think, nothing is fine.
What should folks who think on leadership in workplace write about then? I’m thinking about it.
In the meantime, stay safe.
While you’re here, why not check out: Six Ways to Accelerate a Transition to Remote Work or Remote Working Has Deepened Workplace Connections?