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How Information Overload Turns Into Writer’s Block

My morning ritual is pretty consistent. I hop up out my bed, turn my swag on, I look myself in the mirror and say “what’s up!?”. Every morning. That is followed by my morning constitutional where I catch up on the news.

And there is always news. In fact there is so much news nowadays that it is overwhelming. And I’m not an overwhelmed kind of cat. My resting bitch face has been known to give off “not whelmed at all.” But right now? There is literally too much news and information. And in the space that I live in – the writerly one – it’s created an interesting problem: I literally want to write about everything making it hard to write about any of it.

Just today, scrolling through Facebook, the following stories are worthy of note: the acquittal of the cop who killed Sylville Smith in Wisconsin, Trump’s fuckery of any sort, the Philando Castille video, North Carolina having a law on the books that states that once sex has started a woman cannot legally stop it (that’s real), the fact that so many men are really fucking rapey and how scary that shit is, Queen Sugar’s return to the OWN Network, that Zadie Smith piece, the Senate health care plan,  Al Sharpton’s selfies, Phil Jackson attempting to ruin his entire legacy, etc.

All and each of those things is important in it’s own right. There is no shortage of words that can be expended on each topic and all of them would likely spur a conversation that needs to happen. There are a million conversations that we’re all waiting to have on any number of things that matter to the community in this fight for liberation and other words that sociologists use. That’s another thing I’d like to write about, Black Liberation lexicography, which may or may not be the right word but I’m going to use it anyway. And I want to write about that because I feel like I let the community down sometimes because I don’t know all the proper words to use and when to use them. I JUST got up on properly using “the fallacy of reality” in my not-quite-poems poetry and now I be fucking up the struggle terminology. Again, I’d like to write about that, because like soul music, language is life.

One of my go-tos when I can’t think of anything to write or I can’t siphon my thoughts into a cogent address, is music. Typically, I can write about music all day, every day, any damn day. It is another sphere where there’s no shortage of information and material. Yet, even there, in my happy-and-not-sunken-place, becomes overwhelming because I consume so much music and people send me so much music to consume and within the music world are shenanigans aplenty as well. And shenanigans are my oyster.

But again, there’s so much shenanigans, which is just ratchet information. So, so much. If you were to look at the drafts folder in my Gmail inbox, it’s LITTERED with drafts of pieces I started or of one-sentence ideas that I need to get off the ground rooted in some news article or some conversation I heard or was part of. Seriously, I have ideas in there (same with my phone) from 2015 that I STILL want to write about but can’t get going because all of this NEW stuff is sitting there, asking for some lettering.

I realize I’m neither unique or special in that regard. For every piece that makes it up somewhere, there are hundreds of unfinished or unwritten pieces languishing in the hallways of the mind. Some of it is being plugged up with real world obligations tied to current employment. And if you knew what I did then you’d be like, okay, that makes sense and in fact how are you able to do any of this. Busy times, my friend. Stay thirsty.

But the desire to write something, anything, is always there and I feel like it sits there for most of us who write. Especially those of us who are cultural writers or archivists or whatever fun term I’m going to call myself over time to make myself sound awesome to my children. This is why they say you just have to keep writing. Everything won’t be award-worthy. Some shit you write gets you from dope drop to dope drop. And also, it’s impossible to NOT stay up on news; Facebook makes that almost impossible.

I don’t see the information overload ending any time soon either. We live in a time when information is being disseminated in every way possible. Even the least woke individual is up on something going on in the world. So pushing through is the only order of the day. Like a shooter in a slump, you have to keep shooting to get yourself out of it. And that’s what we have to do in this information overload vortex as writers; write it out, bitch. But it is important to acknowledge the effects of information overload.

So I ask you, how does information overload, of which I’m sure most people deal with nowadays, affect you and your connection with the world?

Inquiring minds would like to know.

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at panamadjackson@gmail.com.

  • cyanic

    Two things: one when writing my book it frustrates me that it’ll be a digest size hardcover (5.5 x 8.375) instead of the tall (5.5 x 9.25) or the roomier (5.625 x 9.25) because trim size is determined by word count. And my writing stays with the low attention span length hence my hey day as a poet. Two unable to write anything directly to an audience to convey anything like everyone else seems to. My craft is wholly in the literary fiction department.

  • Rewind4ThatBehind

    I just typed today that I had writer’s block for the past two months.

    I know what you’re saying P, because everyone else says it; “you have to write even you don’t have anything to write”. I keep thinking being an overzealous perfectionist is just my problem but I realize it’s the problem of any creator or artist, as we all want our s h i t to be a hit out the gate. So it’s something to keep working on.

    But the mental overload is at an all time high and focusing on anything literally can drive anyone insane. There are times when I’m so bad at focusing, that I literally am in pain. My frustration physically manifests itself, so I don’t even know how you do it.

    I can barely think of what to write on my own and I just realized this morning, I joined two news organizations as a freelancer as well as became an editor for a new website, and I DON’T FUCKING KNOW WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT AT ALL.

    But aye…….like you said, a shooter has to shoot. Even if it’s 99 bricks, one basket means the magic is in there somewhere.

    • cyanic

      Do you know I love what you have to say and how you say it?

    • Diego Duarte
      • cyanic

        This is so true.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        I have literally had this conversation in my head every night when I’m on my PS4.

        • Diego Duarte

          I take it the article will be next month then :)?

          • Rewind4ThatBehind

            The one about dating?

            i’ll finish it by next week. I just finished a personal article this morning and sent it out. I needed to get that one off my chest because I think it was a matter that was holding me back unconsciously.

            • AzucarNegra

              Great

            • Hadassah

              I’m so tired of this dating article of yours. Just write it.

              • Rewind4ThatBehind

                lmao leave me alone!

    • Val

      “I joined two news organizations as a freelancer as well as became an editor for a new website…”

      You buried the headline, Rewind! Congratulations, Man!

      *eHUG*

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        ahaha…I keep thinking of it like it will be a good thing once I produce some work, but I have to remind myself to appreciate the small blessings.

        *big hug*

        Thank you madam.

    • Congrats on the writing gigs. Best of luck!

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        Thanks man.

        The anxiety I’m feeling has got me in panic mode but I’m just going to take your compliment and remember it will be alright.

        • AzucarNegra

          Exactly. Why are you doubting yourself man ?

          • Rewind4ThatBehind

            That’s my life story Tam.

            The issue with combating depression is I got 20+ years of experience being beaten by it, so it still takes a minute every now and then to remind myself it will take time to move past it completely, but I know I can do it.

            • AzucarNegra

              Oh honey. You can do it

              • Rewind4ThatBehind

                Thank you love.

    • Hadassah

      Congrats!!!!!!????

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        Thank you hun!

        Gotta make yall proud.

    • Brown Rose

      Congrats. You seem really creative. The ideas will come.

    • Kas

      Look at you. Congrats on the new gigs. Condolences for the additional stress.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        hahahaaha Kas, never change. We need more people like you.

    • Simms~

      Congrats mi amigo *throws confetti and sparklers in your honor*

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        *dances in your confetti*

        Thank you mira, you can’t be the only one doing 100 things at once.

    • esa

      ~ I know what you’re saying P, because everyone else says it; “you have to write even you don’t have anything to write”.

      strongly disagree. that sounds irrational at best, but mostly destructive and unhealthy. i could go on, but Daniel Jose Older says it much better than me:

      http://sevenscribes.com/writing-begins-with-forgiveness-why-one-of-the-most-common-pieces-of-writing-advice-is-wrong/

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        Hmmmm.

        I see Daniel’s point. It is maddening Esa. I know you know it.

        Perhaps on my end, it’s because I’m not even that busy, but something Daniel’s wife said clicked “f you’re writing for the sake of writing and not listening to the moments when your mind and body call out for you to take a break, walk away and then return to the drawing board with new eyes, you’re doing yourself a disservice.”

        I know I need to follow this. I’ve been living life, which is probably why I didn’t have what I needed to write before.

        • esa

          There is a Thoreau quote that goes something to the effect that a man should not sit down to write if he has not stood up to live.

          For me, writing is too significant to treat casually or brutally. I refuse to torture myself in my relationship to it. Which is not to say it comes easy but rather I respect the form enough to develop a deep and honest relationship with it. It’s a path to salvation and I honor all the challenges it consistently presents.

          Let yourself breathe. Be kind and gentle in your practice of self mastery ~*~

          • Rewind4ThatBehind

            I shall take all of this into consideration because I see your point.

            When inspiration hits me, I do my best work. So I’ll take my time. My anxiety comes from other sources, which is perhaps why I keep thinking writing is an alternative to save me.

            • esa

              i hear you ~*~ i highly recommend journaling to sort through the morass of physiological stress that occurs as a result of destructive patterns of thought (ie. anxiety). i find it’s very helpful to get thoughts out of my head and reflect on them with only myself as witness and guide. it also alleviates the belief that writing is supposed to be shared/published, or that it needs to be this perfectly actualized thing to have value.

              the first thing i did when i decided to commit to writing was write about writing, about the nature of words, thought, syntax, language, and alla that, and it really demystified things and made me much more cognizant of the manipulative nature of the medium. i think what i am trying to say is that you can respect writing without exalting it.

  • Brooklyn_Bruin

    Big fan of writing prompts on Reddit.
    I rarely finish them, but it definitely gets me writing.

    • Darkchloe144

      I just started looking into those. Folks come up with juicy ones.

  • At some point my brain decides to stop caring about all of it. I read all the stories but like a kid skimming for a book report, it just bounces right on off the memory banks. Then I go back to picking music. It’s just a defense mechanism that certainly plays against your willingness to write.

    • Kas

      Speaking of which, can we get something new on the blog?

  • I’ve never felt overloaded from information. I have a bad habit of sticking with information I don’t need. Like I’m not even a big NBA fan but I’m wasting hours reading and consuming basketball debates I’m not even passionate about rather than finally sitting with the things that are naturing for me.

    • Rewind4ThatBehind

      I love being a bastion of useless information.

    • Kas

      I get this.

    • Val

      Kind of like when I watch Love & Hip Hop. Lol

  • Diego Duarte

    Whelp, there’s no such thing as “disconnecting” oneself from the world. People who dislike politics are far too naïve if they think that burying your head in the sand will prevent things from affecting you. That being said there’s so much sh*t going on that it invariably angers me that nothing is getting done to prevent further damage.

    On the plus side the information overload also helps you gain insight into the way other people think and it prepares you to offer well analyzed rebuttals of what some people say. However this has its own limitations on other people’s biases, so it might even out.

    Other than I don’t suffer from writers block but from “procrastinators block”. I want to write sh*t down but I can’t physically bring myself to sit down and do so. Probably because I already type most of the day.

    • Rewind4ThatBehind

      Too much of anything can destroy everything.

      If our minds are like 10 terabyte internal hard drive, then limiting information is like trying to delete pics off your 32 gig Iphone because you never have space. Ever.

      The information keeps coming at historical paces and we can’t consume all of it. So burying our heads in the sand won’t help but there has to be a better way to filter what is useful and what isn’t to our progression as a society.

    • esa

      ~ I don’t suffer from writers block but from “procrastinators block”

      you just reminded me of the Tao verse, “Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?”

      i’m of the mind that just because one has an idea doesn’t imply the idea needs to take form. the best things i’ve ever written came loooong after i wanted to write them, and all the things i really wanna write are marinating ~*~

      i hate waiting because i’m ambitious AF but i also hate bad writing when my name is signed to it ..

  • I understand because I do a lot of writing for my job. The upshot is that not only does it have to be compelling and informative, but it sometimes has to make scientific sense. What I’ve gotten in the habit of is carrying a notebook and paper for a project and just jotting ideas down. Then it’s best to just start walking around and living, because it’ll hit you like a bolt of lightning.

    For example, I was struggling to get this project off the ground related to this new increment of technology. Perchance I was at the Chemical Heritage Museum in Philadelphia. (And to the science geeks there, wear absorbent, durable underwear. Seriously.) I saw some ideas that circled around in my mind. Thanks to my wonderful phone, I ended up with some dead time in a T-Mobile store trying to get my phone back right. (Shouts to the Chinatown T-Mobile store! I LOVE YOU!) Next thing you know, the words just started flowing on the page.

    That’s an example of what can be done, and it’ll help. One day, you need to do a straight dump of the G-Mail account. I’m curious as to what’s in it.

    • Val

      Yeah, I usually carry a little Moleskin with me, it’s amazing the ideas you get while on public transportation.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        Agreed.

        I keep having to remind myself when ideas randomly come, to just type them down. My phone is for more than videos and dirty texts.

  • Darkchloe144

    How do I deal with information overload? I don’t (send help).

    Seriously, tho, I (try to) avoid news in general accept for the start and end of my day. As much as I’d like to get caught up in real time stories, follow things as they happen like I’m a journalist or something, most likely I’ll be the first of the last to know, lol.
    And there are so many things out here to care about, even so far as to write about them. Each day, maybe each week, I force myself to choose and pay most of my attention to one or two stories, topics, events, etc. Philando trial was it all week. Another week, the death of a Chicago associate judge I knew.

    Sure, we can read about everything and toss headlines at each other in conversation, but in regards to focusing on something long enough to digest and write about it, well, you have no choice but to force yourself to pick something in order to get going, I imagine.

    • Brown Rose

      That’s better then what I do. I think you have the focus down because you look at one subject not several.

      The Internet really messed up my ability to focus and concentrate. am darting all over the place. It was nothing for me to read 2-3 books a week. now I am lucky if I can get through one book in a month. I know I read a lot on the internet, but its so different to read and savor real books.

      • Darkchloe144

        Right I agree. I haven’t read a straight up book in awhile tho I’ve blown through article after article online. Reading was life, tho mostly fiction, now its more difficult.

        • Brown Rose

          Yeah. I am really frustrated by this development. That I can barely focus like I used to. I have been trying meditation to see if I can get back my old reading habits. I think what has made it harder to turn off the internet is I really dislike my job. Its horribly tedious.

          • Darkchloe144

            Makes sense to me.

          • Kas

            I hope I never experience that. I read infrequently because I struggle with putting books down before I finish them. But when I travel, I’m imediately back int eh groove.

            • Brown Rose

              That’s good problem to have.

        • I miss it. Where i was going thru two books a week. I’m lucky if I do one a month :(

          • KeciB

            I don’t think i could survive without being able to read books on a daily. Thankfully I have my commute to read and it’s the last thing I do before bed.

    • Val

      I’ve been limiting my news intake too. Partly because the media is obsessed with talking about Trump even when nothing is really happening. And partly because the media has such a White-centric focus that I feel most of the news isn’t even for me, so why pay attention?

  • Rewind4ThatBehind

    Also I must say….VSB is the biggest time sink I have in my life.

    More than eating, video games, and traveling.

    This site could be the death of me.

    • Diego Duarte

      I can relate. I can’t remember when I began reading and posting but I can’t bring myself not to check out the threads and conversations even one day.

      • I tried to go cold turkey once. By midnight, i had eye strain trying to catch up.

        • Rewind4ThatBehind

          I usually have to stop during the weekends. Because at that point, I’m already brain dead from everything else I’ve done during the week.

          Pop, maybe we should create VSB Patches to help people slowly withdraw from here.

          • As fleeting as the topics are in here, I hate to go without at LEAST peeking in.
            I do find often, the fact that we live in soooo many different areas, we’ve gotten the scoop before most of the country, lol.

        • cyanic

          Damn your still standing face melon! Dead.

        • Kas

          A classmate of mine whose husband retired from being a correctional officer (i.e., prison guard) shared this. Made me think of you and your friend.
          https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/14/new-emphasis-mental-health-cops-other-officers/102677982/

          • I could see how COs have it worse than policemen.

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            Wait you a degree of separation from Rick Ross?

            • Kas

              I can do you one better. My uncle got killed trying to become a drug kingpin after retiring on medical disability from the Sheriff’s office.

        • Janelle Doe

          Haha

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        It’s the community vibe.

        We all get along for the most part, can crack jokes, have fun, talk about serious topics and have discussions that feel worth while, etc.

        That’s hard to find across these innanetz.

        • Val

          Very hard to find.

        • Looking4Treble

          You hit it right on the head. VSBs & VSSs are my extended family. I learn so much here, come here to laugh, cry, vent, and to stay up with the movement of my peoples. It’s part of my every day routine.

          • Rewind4ThatBehind

            I totally understand.

            I have bared my soul on this site in ways I cannot do with trusted individuals. At times I regret making this place so personal to me but it can’t be helped…it is a family.

    • It makes my job bearable. Thanks to the layout, I’m by myself for long stretches, and I have to be around to monitor equipment and do other stuff. When I get a more interesting job, I’ll be on here less.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        Same here. If it weren’t for this site, I am absolutely sure last year when I had an incident at work, I would have lost my fucking mind and committed a felony.

        I just get scared that I am on here too much and that is a reason I don’t use my time wisely to find a new job or write.

        • esa

          psst ~ use your time wisely on here and you may discover your comments become notes you can use to write longer essays.

          if you read thru your history and you’ll find you have tons of material to get started ~*~

          • Rewind4ThatBehind

            You are too good for this world, I swear.

      • cyanic

        No. Unless you’re going to document some of the highlights for me.

        • My job sucks. I work in a lab where the resources are from the Clinton Adminstration, we’re viciously understaffed, and the only thing keeping my section afloat is my MacGuyver-like ability to use scientific principles to get out of jams. If it wasn’t for my side hustle, I’d look for another line of work. My side hustle is where I get my joy from work.

          • cyanic

            Come to LA for a new life as a friend of Ron’s.

            • What does that mean? LOL

              • cyanic

                Hightower or Jeremy. Take your pick.

                • That reminds me of an opportunity I had a year and a half ago. A friend of mine started dating this transwoman who has lots of pr0n star friends. I mean Names You Would Know in candids that made it clear that these weren’t internet pics and their numbers under their government names. Oh, and it’s clear that they were both giving them that WORK. Like if I didn’t know those ladies from around, I would assume that they were full of it.

                  I decided to pass because I couldn’t live that life. That first day where my daughter got on my nerves running late getting up, traffic sucks, and the chick is busted, I couldn’t mentally get there. Even if I could physically do it, the mental cost would destroy me. Nope.

                  • cyanic

                    Did you just out people in your first paragraph? Sure no names were said but basically most of the studs dabble with trans women (men) on the low low.

                    Well there are other ways to make money as a performer. You can do private shows in-house as a stud. Strip and lick and stick. But they’re only paying you for the strip so it’s nice and legal. And for the g-boys you should allow us a gay peek fee so I can quiet my imagination on you.

                    • OK, let me clarify. Everyone referenced in the first paragraph, besides the obvious, is a cisgendered woman. That’s the interesting part. I’m not saying any details because 10 minutes on Google would out them all.

                    • cyanic

                      What about my idea for your new house business?

                    • Val

                      Welp, that was an interesting little thread.

                    • Kat

                      I’m honestly lost…

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      I been trying to wean myself from it, but I can’t seem to quit y’all

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        I feel like you’re very much a behind the scenes type of cat.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if you juggle multiple projects at the same time.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          Mos def. I’ve got my job, a few side hustles, a social life, and trying to get into a new field (day job) Plus I write. I got commercial stuff, non fiction, and fiction projects. I wish I could clone my brain and just let it go write up everything I’ve started, and another set of brains to edit.

          It’s funny how much I like to write because deep down I’m a math guy

          I think everyone looks for full mental engagement, focus all your power on something.

          • Hadassah

            I think I’m bout to shift my focus from him to you, but I can’t deal with rejection. So therefore I’m your sidebae.

          • Rewind4ThatBehind

            Maaaaaaaaaaaaan……teach me your ways.

            I need to be this busy, I’m just scared to make the moves. You’re speaking in a manner I always envisioned a hustler to be like.

            • Brooklyn_Bruin

              I’d probably make more if I just did one thing to be honest.

      • Kas

        I stopped trying.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          Right!!! Between the posts and the curated black and black adjacent news in the comments, it’s one of the more addictive sites I’ve been on.

    • Val

      Since I work from home VSSs and VSBs are my workmates!

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        No wonder you’re on all the time.

        But wait…what is it that you do Val?

        • Val

          I work for a social service organization.

          • Jae Starz

            I’m jealous. I do too and working from home is soooo not a thing around here.

            • Val

              Back during the economic slowdown they decided to try it to save money and stuck with it.

          • Rewind4ThatBehind

            ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

            Oh cool, I can use you as a business reference then.

            • Val

              Doesn’t seem like you need me as a reference. You are doing big thangs! :-)

    • Kas

      Yeah. VSB is my safe place.

      • AzucarNegra

        Since I found this site I can’t seem to quit

    • I legit didn’t realize that avi was you. Thought it was one of those stock photo Black man with a tie photos.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        lmaoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

        I legit laughed. It’s worse because you are one of the few people who’s seen me in person more than once.

      • Hadassah

        Wassup. We still eating clean?

        • Just ate 4 Maple Honey Turkey Pinwheels from Boar’s Head. Bout to eat a pint of some mango ice cream

          • KMN

            Mango ice cream sounds so good…I took MiniMe to the store with me and she requested old trashass Neapolitan ice cream like girl why lmao…

            • Brooklyn_Bruin

              Mango chunks or nah?

              • KMN

                Yes…with chunks…

            • Kas

              Let’s blame her dad. We know you have better taste than that

              • KMN

                yeah he is an aintshitass kneegrow…
                But she’s been on that steak and lobster tip since she got teeth…so I wonder about her…

                • Kas

                  I can’t knock a love for steak and lobster, but I can’t square that circle with her liking neapolitan.

                  • KMN

                    Listen I can’t even argue with you on that…I just…BabyGirl Why!!! I taught you so much better than that…I’d rather her go hipster and eat goth ice cream than trashass Neapolitan lmao

          • Hadassah

            Good nite.

            • where you going

              • Hadassah

                On a date.

                • Kas

                  Pulls up a seat to wait for the Friday morning kiss and tell.

                  • Hadassah

                    You like gossip like an old woman

                    • Kas

                      You have no idea. As a child, I would sit and listen to my mom, grandma and cousins gossip for hours. Ultimately getting kicked out the room when I asked them to repeat something I had missed.

                    • Hadassah

                      And with that, goodnight.

                    • Kas

                      Until tomorrow for the debrief where we discuss the date and decide if he is worth another. I can’t wait.

    • Jae Starz

      I was always a procrastinator. This only adds to it.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        It’s in our DNA beloved.

        • Jae Starz

          It’s nice to be amongst my kind. Lol.

      • Kas

        Same

        • Jae Starz

          I have something I should be working on now buuuut there’s only 35 minutes left in my work day aaaand I don’t wanna.

          • Kas

            I told a potential client some very conservative terms so she would go elsewhere. I’ve more than doubled my goal for the year and I don’t get paid commission. Im trying to enjoy my summer.

          • Looking4Treble

            “aaaand I don’t wanna.”

            I laughed out loud for real when I read that, because I feel that way at least once a week, and use VSB for my excuse.

            • Jae Starz

              As I’ve gotten older I have allowed myself to use “I don’t want to” as an acceptable reason.

    • BM, President of Fuckery

      I just trolled and got banned in order to break away from my last time sink. It had to be done.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        You know……sometimes I can see how that tactic works.

        Very clever.

    • Darkchloe144

      When I found myself riveted by RubyWoWho and that hotep dude’s conversation, I wondered if I had a problem. Then I spent about an hour arguing over chocolate bars and KNEW I had a problem, lol.

      • Val

        Our Ruby?

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        buhahahaaha those were some hall of fame conversations right there

        • Darkchloe144

          I know, right? Great stuff.

      • Kas

        If you can’t doesn’t an hour arguing over some inane topic, you aren’t built for this comment section.

        • Darkchloe144

          I’m learning as I go, teehee.

    • Simms~

      You ain’t neva lied. I have 3 grant progress reports due to the feds by the end of this month and yet here I am commenting. Sigh.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        You never hit me up for help woman!

        We live in the same borough. Quit ducking me and let me fix your life.

        Mostly because I’m bored.

        • Simms~

          Thanks Iyanla.

          Finishing up with this final class and these grant submissions and then my calendar should look crystal clear.

    • Zil Nabu

      VSB is the debil and I love it so. Still these comments move so fast that trying to keep up is a full time job in and of itself. Alas it doesn’t pay enough to cover this mortgage and these student loans.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        ahahaha.

        It is a full time job to keep up with the comments which is why I don’t keep up with them. It pays more to just jump in when you feel like it and leave it at that.

    • grownandsexy2

      I even check out VSB while on vacation.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        Oh that’s deadly.

        I’ve done it too and I felt ashamed of myself.

        • grownandsexy2

          I was not ashamed.

    • MsSula

      It ebbs and flows for me. Then again, I have been around here since 2008… near close to a decade so yeah, I have earned the right to take some VSB breaks here and there. Lol.

      • Rewind4ThatBehind

        Same here. I think that’s what trips me out….I found this site randomly through FB when I was a college aide at my old job. That was literally the tail end of 2008. We have one more year to go and that officially makes it 10 years!

  • Hadassah

    Information overload affects me in that, I just look for the MAIN point. If I can’t find it within 5 minutes of scheming, I move on, and assume the writer likes to hear themselves talk.

    Hello everybody, particularly @Rewind. I missed you for some reason.

    • Do you feel you have a “direct” personality?

      • Hadassah

        I am straightforward.

        • Val

          Understatement. Lol

          • Hadassah

            Woi.

            • Val

              Woi?

              • Hadassah

                I don’t know how to explain it but it’s just an expression kinda like shrugging shoulders. It can mean different things depending on context.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      I always keep that in mind when right for something actionable.

    • AzucarNegra

      Hey Mrs BT

      • Hadassah

        Sup sis!!!

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