Plugged + Unplugged


A little while ago I read this piece on Erin’s blog.

When I am feeling a bit like there is WAY too much out there on the internet, I circle back to the blogs I have read for a very, very long time. There’s a comfort in returning to the places I like the best, especially when the whole world seems to be an expert-in-400-words now. I like to shut out the noise and listen to the people who are familiar and have always been interesting to me. It helps me to find my feet again.

So. I was reading Erin’s blog, and she was talking about how the online/offline juggle works for her. And I thought it was such a good topic to slow down and really consider. So I am going to write about it too. Plugged + Unplugged. In solidarity. And in thanks (to Erin, for not cluttering up the internet -as many do – with faux-expert posts on rubbish-y things – but rather doing her thing, writing something personal and doing it from the heart!)

(Some of my friends and Blog With Pip students are going to write on this topic too – with thanks to Erin – over the next couple of days! They’ll add links to their views in the comments section below, in case you want to see how others are feeling about being connected!)




Plugged + Unplugged

On the weekend I was hardly online. I was busy doing other things – hanging out at a garage sale, talking to friends, making things, watching DVDs. It felt light and good.

My brain was thanking me for concentrating on just one thing at a time. My body was thanking me for slowing things down, avoiding the tension that too much brain clutter can bring. My eyes were thanking me for not making them all squinty. I was pretty much thanking myself for just letting life happen, for not chopping and changing and bookmarking all the bits and pieces. For returning to a simpler default.



I love the internet.

I could not wait to jump back in!

Here’s why:

+ I can dig deeper into my great grandfather’s writing and feel ace about the way it matches up to my own feelings about life. “Like bees in amber, the thoughts, feelings and impressions of Today are made available to the eyes of Tomorrow” FW Boreham writes about keeping a blog… I mean a diary in 1961.

+ I can read an update from Amanda Palmer and feel glad that we are all basically making stuff up as we go along and that some people aren’t afraid to admit that. “It’s important to be reminded that you can do anything you want.” Amanda Palmer

+ I can hang out with my little blogging gang and see them all helping each other out and being so freaking friendly it would make your heart soar. “Just popping in to say I love you guys. I freakin love you!!! That is all.” An Ace Person In That Gang (speaking to the other members of the group!)

+ I can read about a writer I really like arriving in Bali, ready to hunker down on a writing retreat and finish her book.

+ I can find ways to do things that are way more important than me

+ I can see a view and share experiences that I may never otherwise see. (Hello! Rhyme!)

And I get to meet people like you. Which really may never have happened if it weren’t for this online part of life. (Not to mention all the opportunities and life-long friendships that being connected has unlocked for me!)

So yes, I’m really happy to have those times when I let my brain hang loose and I don’t keep furtively, constantly, addicted-ly checking in on technology. I really am. I want to do that more often. But I would not like to be without the digitally connected bits of life at all. Those parts help me work out where I fit in and show me all kinds of ways to be even more like myself.

Because, as AP says…

“It’s important to be reminded that you can do anything you want”!

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NB: If you write about Plugged + Unplugged add your link in the comments too! Or just share your view there!

PS: Thanks Erin for the inspiration!



  1. Pip! You have long been such an inspiration to me for the way you shape a community and encourage voices to band together. Thank you for that! It’s been such a joy reading so many different perspectives written in such life-giving ways. Thank you for including me!!!!!!!!! Love love love learning from you, friend.

    Big hugs,

  2. The advent of technology and it’s impact on our lives – stretches back to the Industrial Revolution – and we are still looking for that balance of working ‘with’ it and not ‘against’ it. Here’s what I think:

  3. I do love my new “plugged in” life but of course there are some pitfalls I have been known to fall into. Thanks for starting this conversation Pip and Erin, it sure has made for some interesting reading and thinking! Here’s my blog post about it….

  4. Thanks Pip, you inspired me to write my first post in more than 2 months!
    I’ve been mostly unplugged since August, and while I have absolutely loved it, there are things I’ve missed too. I think I’m more an unplugged than plugged kind of gal, but then again I’d be unemployed without it.

  5. Finally! Got inspired, got it all together, the stars aligned and I wrote my first post (and actually published it!), here are my thoughts on plugged/unplugged

  6. Oh, I need to do a bit more of the unplugged thing for a bit. That it’s a bit difficult for me at the moment to put down the devices and walk away tells me that. But I do so love the internet, particularly all of the crafty corners and awesome sauce people that I find.

  7. What a wonderful gathering of ideas and posts! Thanks for hosting Pip, I try to keep a balance and wrote about that here

  8. The balance is a tricky one, hey? I can certainly empathise – I like to take a break every now and then but I am often in awe of how wonderful this tech bizzo really is.

  9. I’m moving house and won’t have internet for 17 days. At first I was horrified, but now i’m looking forward to it. I can spend time learning the noises of my new house, and setting the tone of what i want that space to mean. When you go online, you are letting the world into your most personal space, for good, or for bad!

  10. A lovely post, Pip, and I feel like you can see into my living room. I’m unplugged today (or I was), sitting here with bare feet, eating a packet of chips. I’ve done useful household chores and hung out with the chooks on this beautiful sunny day. Re-charging. Sometimes being too plugged-in makes me feel a bit psycho. I worry about my children.

  11. This has really got me thinking. My thoughts on the question of to plug or unplug are here:
    It’s fascinating reading all these posts. Thanks for the great idea of a group project Pip x

  12. My ramblings about using and not using technology are here It was harder to write than I thought it would be, but I’ve loved reading everyone else’s posts!

  13. What a lovely post! Yes, I hang in the middle of my on and off line life, and love both. But maybe my unplugged life I love just a bit more 🙂

  14. I find this a tricky one but I am definitely a plugged in kinda girl. Here is why.

  15. Gorgeous post Pip. I love the way being plugged in connects us to so many, and the way it teaches us about issues bigger than us, as you say.
    Here’s my post.

  16. You always cover a topic so well Pip, and here you’ve highlighted the great sides of both being plugged AND unplugged. It’s definitely about balance, about each individual. I LOVE days away from the internet and my laptop, but I also love the buzz of updating my blog, of connecting with like-minded people. Here’s my thoughts on this debate: 🙂

  17. I found myself craving the unplugged life since our “off the grid” holiday. Link:

  18. It’s dizzying how quickly technology is changing our lives…but it’s mostly good I think and up to us to use it in ways that feeds rather than depletes our energies. Here’s my post…

    Such a great theme to reflect on, thanks Erin and Pip!

  19. There’s such tension between the genuinely useful and the noise isn’t there? The internet is insanely great and insanely difficult at the same time. Here are my thoughts on the matter:

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