It wasn't a deliberate decision, but I've spent most of the week offline - totally disconnected from the web. I've checked my email only once a day and only replied to urgent messages. I've checked my Facebook page only once during the week.
Every other time I've been offline has been because I've been somewhere with unreliable coverage. It hasn't been my choice, and I've felt disconnected and incomplete. This week was different. This week, I decided I'd become too reliant. It had become a habit that was impacting on my ability to enjoy other things in life, so I deliberately limited myself.
I can't say I miraculously achieved all those things I haven't been doing because I've been trolling through Facebook and other peoples' blogs, but it gave me time to breathe. I feel more connected to me now; more self-reliant; calmer.
I know it wouldn't be a healthy thing for promoting myself and my books, but I'd really like to keep my internet activity limited. I want to keep living my life, rather than spending it sitting in front of a screen, getting RSI from overuse of the mouse.
On that note, I have a vegetable garden in my back yard that is waiting for some soil and fertiliser to be dug into it before I plant the summer crop, and some roses in the front that need a quiet and gentle watering. After that, I'll finish writing the chapter I've been working on this week.
No more time spent online today.
E E Montgomery
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