Early Adopter Burnout
Posted in Blog, Current Thought
February 9, 2018

Early Adopter Burnout. Is it real?

I realized that some early adopters (I’m thinking now that it could just be me) burnout then fall out of existence.

A month ago I had splayed out *my then* current thoughts on my online inactivity. Initially, I attributed it to early adopter burnout. Then towards the end of the post I made a bold statement of ” … I’m just waiting for the future to catch up to me.”

I’ll call myself out on such a display of arrogance. I’ll put a label on what some of you may have thought, after reading the post. Do I feel that I made an arrogant statement? I’m not sure. It could be a symptom of early adopter burnout.

Here’s where I veer off on a tangent.

I don’t like arrogance, especially when it’s rooted in a self serving cause. The truth is, the people that I’ve met who have come across as being arrogant, I’ve barely gotten the feeling that they were arrogant in a self serving way. In fact, if I had to dig deep, I’d say that they were simply “over the top” confident. Whether or not they weren’t entirely correct, the mere fact that they believed it to be so, really showed a strong conviction for their beliefs *at that time*.

I always like to give people benefit of the doubt. It usually comes with a 1, 2, 3 you’re out kind of deal. Usually.

End of tangential thought.

I Googled “Early adopter burnout” and I came across this article by Arik Hanson that I find, slightly related to my situation.

Will first gen social media marketers start to burn out in 2015?

The slight relation to my situation is based on the fact that according to my perception and that of a few, I was performing social media activities for companies and brands prior to the concept of getting paid for doing social media on behalf of any company or brand. This was back in 2007 when I was most prolific on Twitter.

When you get excited about something, time does not exist.

It just seemed logical to me to share all the amazing things that startups, companies, and brands were doing, from my perspective. Naturally, this lead me to online work and the ability to work from anywhere. The thing is, I feel that I’ve lost my passion for getting excited about anything much, other than the initiatives that my client’s are doing. That in itself uses most of my bandwidth and leaves me very little for personal online work. I do know from past experience that this has never stopped me before. I’m sure you know what I mean. When you get excited about something, time does not exist.

So, it seems like I’ve figured out the personal reason for my online inactivity – early adopter burnout. That’s what I’m calling it. I’m not sure if other people have or are currently experiencing what I’m experiencing. I really would like to know. It doesn’t seem that they are. The reason why I say this is because the early adopter community that I tweeted with so long ago are still going strong. Does that make we weak?


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