Last week I gave myself a bit of a birthday present. Initially I just thought that I would skip blogging for the day on Thursday. Then I thought eh, Friday is close to the weekend and I normally don’t do too much blogging on the weekend. I also extended the effort to limited commenting and emailing. Initially this was all unintended, I just felt a bit glutinous that day or maybe a bit too busy enjoying myself that I didn’t have much time to log on and live my electronic life.
At first I missed logging on as it has become part of my daily routine. However, after a day or two of it, it felt like a nice vacation, somewhat liberating. I started to think about how the internet has become an integral part of my life over a period of about ten years, but taking on more of an addictive role about four years ago. It’s something that I was aware of, that e-mails and sites like Facebook had allowed me to keep in contact with people (most of my pals live very far away from me :|), but justified it as part of the world we live in. Alas, I fear that I am becoming lazy in my face-to-face relationships, or perhaps as I am changing as my priorities are changing. I’ve given up cable and barely watch TV, a lot of times I will be working on something, while online shopping and watching some program on my computer (God bless the dual core processor). Additionally, I find it so easy to get things done from home, which means my outings seem to have decreased. This made me think more and more about how my lifestyle had morphed, and wasn’t into something that I necessarily liked. So as an experiment I continued to boycott the log on life for a week, after a while I naturally started turning my computer off rather than putting it to sleep. I found my little self out and about more enjoying the day. I walked around in a carefree way and chatted with strangers. It was all very lovely.
I went on expeditions, and found new and exciting little places. For instance I found a fabulous Cuban bakery which had the best French Bread, Empanadas, Potato Balls and Pastries. Thankfully, it’s not so close and there is a huge line a lot of times, so I can forego the possibility of it being habit-forming. There were also many a time when I wish I had a camera to take some pictures to share my little findings and new friends. Just yesterday, whilst in search of food in this crazy little Asian strip mall (I love crazy Asian strip malls by the way), I met this cute chill little pug. He was tied to a chair and I was going back and forth to a few different stores to compile something which resembled a meal. The little fella just looked at me while I went back and forth, effectively he watched me as I watched him. I waved and could have sworn the little dude was smiling back. I wish I had a camera to capture the moment, but I am down one, and it seems it will be so for a bit longer. That’s when I thought I miss blogging and posting this sort of moment.
I think that it could be so easy to stop blogging, it could just be one of those things that gets put on the back burner till you forget about it entirely, and when you do remember it, you can’t remember why you did it in the first place. I guess that’s how it happens with a lot of people. I think a lot of people start blogging and phase it out of their lives very quickly. It is after all a hobby for most, as it is for myself. And I think someone can let it get stressful if becomes more than something fun to do and share with the world. Allowing the numbers and the desire to be popular to take precedence makes it a lot less fun and make blogging seem like more of a chore of maintenance. And really who needs that as a hobby? I think what my experimental ban has taught me that I just need to be better at balancing my tech life with my real life. I am getting better and shutting my iMac down and going out for a bit of play. Now all I have to do is get a new camera.
Does anybody else feel a little too wired?