I’m starting to listen to that voice in the back of my head. The one that’s always whispering about how much time I’m spending surfing around sites like Facebook, signing up for sites like Twitter and Goodreads, or copying and pasting blog entries to sites like Red Room Books or even my Amazon.com profile page.

That voice is saying: Knock it off, dude!

Elizabeth and I were discussing these things on our drive back from my parents, after a nice visit with Mom and Dad and my brother and his family. It sort of hit me that we’ve been really anti-social lately, in the past year or so especially, and I think I’ve been keeping up with people online as a way of compensating. But it’s also a way of avoiding actual “real-world” interaction.

It’s easy to get caught up in the dramas of people’s blogs or online discussions, or catching up with high school classmates, or looking at the latest videos or photos on people’s social networking page. You get sort of numb to reality. And for me,Ā  I start feeling stretched too thin, trying to keep up with everyone in the virtual world.

So I’ve started disconnecting. Decluttering. I’ve already dropped my Twitter account (again, and for the last time — no need to write updates about every little thing I’ve been doing in a typical day) and my Goodreads page (I think I’ve spend more time organizing books virtually on that site than I have spent actually reading books!), and I’ll be dropping more.

At some point I’ll probably zap my LiveJournal site, since I’m doing all my “blogging” here now, but I can’t quite bring myself to do that yet. Same goes for Facebook — this all started when they came out with their new Terms of Services a few weeks back, where they more or less said that “whatever you post here is ours, ha ha.” I prefer owning all my content, thanks.

So I’m going to keep this here site of mine going, and forget about all the rest. I’ve got enough distractions in my life without trying to keep up with all these various sites.

I feel much better about it already. Now, to get back to work. See ya!

8 thoughts on “Disconnecting

  1. Thanks, Mahesh! Great line, by the way. šŸ™‚

    I’m starting to feel less connected — getting rid of my LiveJournal friends list helped. I’m finding I don’t like reading journals and blogs via RSS feeds — I like going to the actual sites and clicking around. Feels less like random surfing, and it’s more colorful, too.


  2. I totally know what you mean. As an added note, I finally (!!) got my review of your novel up on my blog. I hope it’s selling like hotcakes!


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