Monday, 28 February 2011

52in52: Internet free weekend

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I am taking a leaf out of Kelly's book and setting myself something new to do each week in 2011. I am going to post about it each week on Saturday. I won't be doing this in any particular order, and will add the link to the post when it is complete. If I don't manage to acheive everything on the list, (highly likely) I will donate $5 for everything I missed to Oxfam for all the amazing work they do. So here goes...


 
I've lost my mojo a bit with the whole blogging thing of late. I am getting sporadic with my posts and can't seem to find the time to read as many posts as I would like. As I should.

 
I decided to use this as a opportunity to tick another thing off my 52in52 list. I have been internet free for the past 5 days. It has been quite liberating really.

 
Instead of blogging and commenting and googling and surfing I have:

  • Spent extra time with my husband and the kids.
  • Returned to some regular viewing on the TV and delved into the world of hospitals, polygamy, and other people's families.
  • Finished my third book for the year (Andre Agassi's "Open" and started my fourth ("Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall).
  • Contended with the piles of washing. My concerted effort to keep the household tidier and more organised means I can't seem to ignore them like I used to.
  • Exercised more. My weight loss efforts compell me to spend more time pounding the pavement but I have actually returned to my bike this week too. It brings back fond memories. Big Ride Al? 
All in all, less blogging has been a pretty great thing for me. I found that when the withdrawal wore off a bit, the pull back into the blogosphere got weaker.

You ought to try it some time.

10 comments:

Jacki said...

I did a similar thing last week (though not for as long) and you're right, it makes a big difference!

therhythmmethod said...

I hear ya! When I started blogging, I envisaged piles of washing all over the country as mums and dads headed to the blogosphere to unwind and not do stuff that they probably should be doing. But once you're here, you so easily get sucked in to the fast paced, 24/7 web stream.
I think there is a balance there somewhere, but I am yet to find it. I used to walk everyday and watch a little bit of TV at night with hubby. That was just what we did - now I am on the computer and some nights we barely talk. Sad. Not good enough. I have decided I am not going to blog hop for a whole month just so I can have weekends to ourselves again, and moderate the time spent on the web.
Sorry for the essay. You always have such good topics. :)

Lucy said...

Hence I blog in the early hours. And comment as I cook the dinner....

Miss Pink said...

I easily can divulge into less internet time, thing is i enjoy it and instead of taking a break to find my rythm i struggle to get back into it! :X

Posie Patchwork said...

Ah, see my trick to blogging with 4 children & 6 lives to live each day . . . i don't have to be a wife (except when my husband calls & seeing he's training or on exercise lately, very few phone calls coming in) so i blog as a way for my husband to keep up to date with us, thus compelling me to do so regularly. Sure i'd rather have my husband around, but since he moved interstate over a year ago (2 years to go) it's my fun adult time at night, keeping in touch with my crafty mummy world. Sounds like you enjoyed a mini break.
Oh, like the new picture of you, looking relaxed, aces!! Enjoy your books, love Posie

Tat said...

I've managed to cut down on a few hours here and there, but a whole weekend? Very impressive!

Maxabella said...

I try to take regular breaks (I set my posts up to 'automatically' publish). I get tired of being on the computer all the time. x

Alice Becomes said...

totally agree

on our blogging break i really wondered if i would come back...the longer the break lasted the less I though about it

It is liberating to take a break

But it is nice to be back, isn't it?

Gill xo

Anonymous said...

I wondered where you'd been!
Kath xx

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I'm getting better at it. I'm with @maxabella - the computer just gets tiring. And yes, I'm back on my bike too...

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