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here I am

 

For the past month or so, I’ve been engaged in a sort of self-inflicted blogging sabbatical. It all started when I was completely internet-less for about two weeks in early January.

Let me first explain to you that I’m not your everyday Facebook obsessed 21 year old college student who checks his twitter feed every five seconds. I pride myself on striving to lead a balanced social, spiritual, secular, and fun filled life. I’m far to busy to sit on my computer all day, and I even refuse to open a Facebook account (imagine!!! ).  So in theory that relatively short period of wifi-less isolation shouldn’t have presented that terrifying of a challenge right?

Wrong. You see, I’m convinced that my generation has an emotional connection to the internet. I’m sure lots of people will disagree with me, at least in my age bracket but!!! I really think its true. The thought of not being connected to the outside world seriously gave me a strange sense of emotion that I really couldn’t pinpoint completely. It was somewhere between anxiety and discomfort. . . which i must say scared me to death!!! AND! Judging by the online behavior manifest by most in this tech-controlled world, I assume that most would face similar symptoms if placed in my position. Mind you, my opinion means next to nothing. . .

However!!!! Contemplating all of this the first couple days of this digital confinement, I began to realize something.

It wasn’t that bad! In fact, I found that despite not having access to the internet’s productive tools, I actually became more productive! By the end of the two weeks I actually felt an almost eerie sense of freeness.

I came to the conclusion that if I limited my internet access when in the real world, in theory my productivity would increase as a result. This is the long and possibly ridiculous explanation for my absence on this blog. I haven’t left. . . I’ve just decided to only post when I have something that I really really really want to share with you.

Up until now, I didn’t.  So therefore . . .I didn’t.

photo by bradley sorenson

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6 responses

  1. i love the sentiment, and I agree whole-heartedly. One of my favorite things to do is take a so-called “digital sabbatical,” shutting off my phone and computer for an entire die. I might spend the time writing, reading, running, or lost in the woods somewhere, but I’m entirely disconnected, and it’s amazing.

    In fact, as soon as the weather warms ups up in the next few months, I’m planning a solo camping trip armed with nothing some notebooks, pencils, and a stack of fiction novels.

    February 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm

  2. bring a phone tho man lol, so that if a tornado comes like last time and u get thrown into a tree, I can drive up and pull u out

    February 10, 2011 at 7:02 am

  3. I’ve started feeling like a borg…. connected to the system, and if you unplug me am not sure what you’ll find. Am not so much of a social being online… I just try to satisfy my hunger for knowledge (used to do it with books in the good old days).
    But I think for the sake of my wellbeing I should go off it a little… And see what happens!
    Anyways,hope you’ll post once in a while cause I realized now I need to find another smart and unpretentious art blog now… and this is NO easy task!:-)

    M

    February 11, 2011 at 3:47 am

  4. ha ha I’ll post once in awhile, Only when I have something I really really want to share

    February 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

  5. I like it. That happened to me. I couldn’t explain it in so many words but in reading this I finally understand it… hahaha. Good for you though.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:23 am

  6. thanks 🙂 hows colorado man?

    February 15, 2011 at 7:19 am

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