Saturday, July 19, 2008

Is there life without the internet?

I've been struggling with finding the time to blog lately. And struggling with some new mixed feelings about my life + internet, too. When I posted about our cabin vacation a few weeks ago, I didn't mention how absolutely eye-openingly lovely it was to be without internet access or television for that week. Do any of you remember life before the internet? It's a distant dream, isn't it? I had forgotten how my days could be filled with real activities if I didn't have a computer doing it's daily time suck thing. I could read! I could sew! I could pay attention to the hilarious things my children come up with! I could think long thoughts! In short, I could have a REAL life and not some shadow life where I was just reading about what others are doing with their time, y'know? It made me want to go back to my pen and paper journal and just board up my little on-line cave here. Horribly luddite of me, I know.

But here's where those of you who know about Spoonflower, our (ahem) internet-based business, will start to think the obvious: "Um, you know you can't chuck that computer out the window if you've got help emails to answer and craft blog posts to write and all, right...?" Sigh. I DO know that. And I have no intention of avoiding that part of my new job description of stay-at-home, work-from-home mama.

I'm still trying to decide how to keep that feeling I had at the cabin, though, of remembering REAL ways to spend my time and energy. I'm a things-in-front-of-me kind of girl all the way, I guess.

5 comments:

Beth said...

ok, you're scaring the heck outta me! You're not quiting your blog are you??? Cuz GIRL....You better not!!!!

Suburban Gorgon said...

I struggle with this too. I don't know, Sugar - maybe set times for activities? I blog between the hours of such and such, on these days? Ditto with email? I say this like the computer isn't on all. day. long in my house....

Joan said...

First of all - you are an integral part of the business. I'm glad you are giving yourself credit.
I understand where you are coming from. I'm quick to blame blogging but the actual time I spend blogging is small compared to all my other computer time. I start wandering on the Internet looking at other things. I'm been cutting back, sticking to time limits,and really working on things about the house. It's been great. Do what's best for you. Keep in touch if you lay off blogging.

Bina said...

I've had the same problem lately. I just do NOT have the time to blog. I LOVE doing it, so I read other's, comment, but I haven't posted! And I haven't blogged at home in so many months. I just CAN'T, so I do it at work, between trying to work, and well, you know all too well what I mean.

oonaballoona said...

the truth is out!!!

same as everyone, i've got time issues... i try to get up early enough to spend a set amount of time online. but from your latest post, it sounds like staying up is not a problem... :(

i can't remember life without cellphones, much less the net, but sometimes i wish i could. remember when there wasn't even such a thing as "call waiting"? now people just hang up and try on of the bazillion other numbers attached to your name...