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!
+ 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”!
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!