Tuesday, July 5, 2011


You see, I remember when email was something you only checked once, MAYBE twice per day, because you paid for your internet connection by the minute, and because it was painfully slow.

I used to be able to sit down for hours at a time and just read.  No distractions.  No interruptions.  Just read.

I don't know if I'm just getting older or what, but I find myself utterly distracted by technology.  I'm not some luddite either.  In my day job, I run an IT department.  Computers are my thing.

But they're taking over my life.  Television, computers.  Taking over.

So I'm going to do an experiment.  I'm going to turn my telephone back into a dumb phone.  No more email, no more internet.  I'm going to turn my computer into a glorified typewriter.

For the rest of July, I'm only going to check the Internet one time per day.  I'll have an hour to check emails, reply, do my Facebooking, and check the news.  One hour.  That is all.

I'll let you know how it works out.


  1. Wow. You are my hero. I want to do just this so badly but I don't have the guts. Seriously, I am way too dependent on my stupid phone.

  2. I applaud you, my friend. Will writing in your blog count as part of your hour?

  3. Good luck, man. Although, I hope this doesn't mean your blogging will suffer... Either way, enjoy your new found time.

  4. Cole: LOL. Me too! Luckily I'll still have access to it if the odd emergency arises, like I'm stuck somewhere and need to know who sang that one song...you know...the one that goes, "hmmmm. hmmm unnh, unh uhhhhhh."

    Helen: Blogging will count, but since I'll only be allowed on-line an hour a day, I'll have to write my blogs off-line. I hope that will actually see me take more care in writing them. Instead of just dashing them off in the spare moments between doing other things, I hope to actually take the time to write them and proof them and maybe increase the quality of them. Then I just just upload them during Internet time.

    Jonathon: Thank you! Like with Helen, I actually hope blogging will be better. We'll see!


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