Saturday, April 24, 2010

No neenin

Allie and I call the Internet the neenernet and we call surfing neening.

I've just imposed a rule of not neenin' before noon each day. Not even checking email is allowed.

I just decided enough is enough. Every freaking day I get on just to check for messages and I wind up getting sucked in, looking around for something interesting, not finding anything, and, worst of all, not writing. So no more.

Now when I wake up the first thing I do is turn on Freedom and set it so I can't get online until lunch time.

It's amazing how much it clears my mind and allows me to focus on what's really important.


Applecart T. said...

agreed. the one day i didn't have a computer b/c i was getting a new hard drive b/c it died (may 6), i felt both incredibly free but also very lost.

and of course, there were other computers i could use; a bit like being in a foreign country … your interface is all gone and you have to use weird keyboards = cultural disturbance.

being an online publisher = way too much "always on" time. i remember choosing this job b/c i was tired of the weekly deadline. monthly was heaven. then, bam, it's worse than ever / more frequent than a daily deadline. never ever wanted to be in daily news.

info-world 2010 is too intense. have resisted iPhones and 3G things so far. only a matter of time?

my cousin who just graduated from the art institute has a "i will never text" policy. he receives them, but will not send. it's working so far, even though it makes his friends cranky.

unfortunately, i can't write / work without going on the internet. fact-checking and posting = being online. rats.

you know, of course that CJ is leaving her post. someone suggested i apply. i pretty much laughed so hard (internally) that, if i had been drinking milk, it would have been spewed to the next neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Hey how are you doing, I'm also in KC and ran across your blog today. Nice to meet you (virtually) and congrats on the book! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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