So, This Is What Happened.

I took a trip overseas for a couple of weeks. The first week, I was dedicated to daily posting. Because this blog is dedicated to literary topics – I struggled a bit. I struggled because I was out of my routine. I wasn’t keeping up with my reading. I wasn’t keeping up with my writing. The second week, well, I went to Munich. And I know it’s completely understandable that one might get a bit sidetracked while walking the streets of Munich. But then an unexpected thing happened. I become unplugged. Rather than checking my email, my facebook, my blog stats, I was outside walking, exploring, taking pictures and sitting in the park.

I’ll admit. It was a little uncomfortable at first. My attention span has apparently shrunk to next to nothing. And that, I have to say, is more than a little disturbing.

You see, I’ve always been the girl who could sit still. The girl who could spend hours watching people or birds or cloud formations. It’s true that an online presence is important for a writer. And it’s true that a successful online presence requires work. But there’s a line. Or, at least, there should be. I don’t know where that line is. And that’s a problem. The fact is, I’ve had a hard time plugging myself back in to the online world since my trip. I’ve found there are other things I’d rather be doing. And that has resulted in a virtual two week silence. But that is a swing in the other direction that has gone, I believe, a bit too far. Somewhere in there is a happy, healthy balance.

How do you balance real life with an online one?

2 thoughts on “So, This Is What Happened.

  1. I find there are different ways of disconnecting. As a person in a large city, in which I walk almost everywhere I go, it’s a pretty normal thing to walk to the grocery store or the university, etc. It’s nice to get out and do that. I’m not necessarily disturbed by anyone too much while I’m doing this because most people around my neighborhood don’t have that much language in common with me.

    On the other hand, the only way to keep in contact with all those people I love on the other side of the world and keep my nearly structureless life in order is to go on the internet and keep in contact and blog and give myself a schedule to write and complete research, etc.

    I keep a firmly happy middle ground by not owning a phone. That’s probably not the answer you were looking for – but I’m so happy not owning a phone. I get my messages through email and I can regulate myself to twice a day, so I’m not constantly answering texts or phone calls or changing what I’m doing (so I don’t become more and more ADD). Instead, I can sit and have a real conversation with someone.

    It’s a hard thing. I think you’ve got to set aside time (I tend to prefer morning time for writing) and then let yourself get away for the rest of the day. Go back to being a real human being that encounters species of animal other than yourself and the pigeons on the windowsill. I would make myself get at least 10 minutes of sunshine a day… but I don’t think it gets through the smog.

    Good luck with your search for balance. I believe Chinese women traditionally used jade disks to help them balance in their elaborate dress, but we’ve all gotta find a way.

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