Through my local public library, I logged into an Infotrac database – General OneFile – to do some research. I stopped before I started, stunned into a case of the vapors by a number I saw: 83,083,630.
“Currently searching General OneFile with 83,083,630 articles…”
83 million articles?! Let me add some more punctuation to illustrate my reaction. ?????!!!!!?????!!!!!
Who wrote all of that? Why should I add to it? Should I add to it? Is there too much written already? Maybe people should stop writing for a while. How can I make my writing noticed in a sea of 83 million+ articles? Do people feel overwhelmed with written word overload? Would more written words be nothing but piling on? Is there anything left that hasn’t already been written? Will the questions generated by this number never end? All of this went through my head in about 10 seconds and then started looping on replay over and over.
On the other hand, if I believe writing and reading are worthy pursuits, can there be too much of either? And, if 83,083,630 articles have already been published, doesn’t that mean there are plenty of markets publishing stuff?
83,083,630. I’m trying to decide if the number is discouraging or encouraging.