Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Hey, I Take Sabbaticals! I Sleep!
L.L. Barkat over at The High Calling posted a kind of challenge the other day. Actually, she didn’t exactly write it as a challenge, but more of question: do you give technology a rest?
I consider that a challenge. Not as in, I’ll take that one up. But more as in, whaddya mean take a sabbatical – that’s down right un-American. And I x-ed out of the blog post muttering something about finding communists everywhere.
Actually, it’s a good question. And it’s a good question for me to ponder, and deeply. Ask my wife. She thinks I’ve become a cyborg.
My work has everything to do with online media. My team is responsible for the corporate web site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, some international sites, a few other web sites and some associated social media stuff that goes with those sites. And the corporate blog. Everything we do has to do with technology and online communications.
Then, there’s my personal life, which includes a blog, a Facebook page, two Twitter accounts (although I only use one), occasional writing for two online sites and guest posts every so often. And what I consider my own writing. I’m online a lot. (And I can hear this voice in the background: “And don’t forget Precious,” aka the BlackBerry.)
I can provide all kinds of rationales, but the fact is I spend too much time online.
My name is Glynn, and I’m a technoholic.
So, I’m going to take some small steps. Like weekends. I can reduce my online time on weekends. My target will be to start with being online once on Saturday and once on Sunday, no more than 30 minutes each time. That includes Precious, I mean the BlackBerry.
I’ll let you know how it goes, he says, as he breaks out in a cold sweat.
Photograph: Tree by Bobby Mikul via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.