Monday, April 29, 2013

Blog on Life Support


            This is the week—I think this is the week— that Dr. Lisa Marotta challenged us to take a technology time out. No, we don’t have to go cold turkey, completely giving up all of our little techie devices we’ve grown to depend on and love. But in taking the pledge for “screen free week,” we were to strive for balance. Try “talking” to someone on the phone rather than texting. Maybe engaging in face-to-face dialogue rather than "facebooking." Or reading a book rather than watching TV or playing a video game or...blogging.

 Uh oh.
Big lesson I've learned about blogging: If I
don't write, readers won't come!
            As you can see from the date of this post, it’s only two days into screen free week, and already I’ve fallen off the wagon. But I’ve got a good excuse. I really, really do. I’ve spent the past ten days either visiting family or having family visit me, so screen free week began early and was more or less forced upon me. Not that I’m complaining. I had a great time, and it was truly liberating not to feel compelled to drag out my laptop or phone at every unoccupied second. But I’m afraid what breathed new life into me dealt a death blow to my blog. It has been over two weeks since my last post, and my stats have all but flatlined. Five hits a day—three of which are mine—are barely keeping it alive.
            So in a desperate attempt to resuscitate my blog and remain true to the spirit of screen free week, I’m resorting to cheating—uh, I mean, borrowing. And in blog-speak “borrowing” means providing a link. If you’ve not already read Lisa’s blog, hop on over there and see what she has to say about taking time out from technology and tuning in to life. There’s so much wisdom in what she has to say, you’ll probably want to take the pledge yourself.
            Next week, I’ll let you know how my tech time out went.

           

3 comments:

  1. Can totally relate, Dee Dee - I just got back from an extended weekend w/tech-free family members and only had my phone for technology. Other than responding to urgent work-related emails, I took a (forced) break - which was actually somewhat relaxing. But that also means it has been 11 days since my last blog post - I'm afraid to look at my own stats. Is it possible to go negative?

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    1. Must not be possible, Shel, or surely mine would have gone there!

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  2. Thanks Dee Dee for sending readers my way and also for even attempting to limit your technology for the week. I am back from my self-imposed time out! As for your blog- if you write it they will come. You are THAT funny!

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