Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Time off

I've just taken several much-needed days away from the internet.

They have shown me that I need to spend more time offline. With others. Or working. Or walking. Or meditating. Or chilling out like these two in the photo.

I'm not going to stop blogging altogether - the creativity and the online friendships are just too precious - but I will be pulling back and aiming to have a few days a week as non-internet days. So I will probably be visiting my favourite blogs a little less frequently.

My creative juices seem to have dried up too so there may be longer gaps between posts anyway. Or not. I've said this before and immediately had ideas for half a dozen different topics to write about ....


Blogger Brenda said...

I keep thinking that I could, or really should do that from time to time too, only I can't. Most people take weekends off, and that's often when I do most of my writing. Somewhere along the way I decided not to make it an issue, the internet & blogging are in my life to stay. But still when I read about how you took a few days off, oh, it sounds healthy, refreshing, free and quite divine... xo

2:29 pm  
Blogger Mary said...

Hi Brenda. Thanks for the comment. And yes, I'm still here!

I know exactly what you mean about not taking weekends off. I can't normally blog when I am working on my temp assignments.

I am going to try and take at least one day in the week and possibly one day at weekends as internet-free days ... even if I write on the weekend day I will try not to do it online, just word processing.

I know, the internet and blogging are in my life to stay as well. And I only took these 3 days off because I was getting very stressed through too much internet use.

I find when I am on line for too long I start feeling drained, energetically. So I am going to have to be vigilant ..

Thanks so much for your support xoxo.

2:37 pm  
Blogger Sky said...

It is so easy to be an "observer" of life instead of "living" life if we are online too much. And, isn't it so addictive? I think because it does become an easier way to "live" - requiring less energy from us - certainly less commitment to the real deal.

That said, GOOD FOR YOU - summer is calling and ohhhh to be outside dallying in the sun's glow.

3:22 pm  
Blogger MB said...

Sky is right β€” this is the season, if any, to be taking time outdoors, away from the computer!

I've found blogging has taught me much about the rhythms of my life, my emotions, my thinking, my spirit. It's important to acknowledge those rhythms. For me, the regular writing is healthy. The rest of itβ€” visiting others' blogs, etc.β€” is of course tied to my blog and has wonderful rewards, but anyone tracking my commenting activity will notice regular lulls. I tend to back off on weekends because that works for my schedule... but each finds her own way. I agree with you that time away is important.

Having said that, of course you know that your posts and comments are valued highly!

4:23 pm  
Blogger Endment said...

How wise you are! As our lives ebb and flow around us - we need to be able to have permission (from ourselves ;-) to follow or move as needed. You are valued and will be missed --- perhaps your visite will be even more treasured!

4:42 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

It is the space between the notes that make the music.
Your Time Your Space will only enhance the words that you know and I know will come forth. Enjoy your repose and when the feelings hits write us we will welcome your words.

5:22 pm  
Blogger LJ said...

I second Dave, especially.
We'll all be here after your time off.

10:48 pm  
Blogger rdl said...

I know what you mean Mary. I have you blogrolled so i will know when you do post - Whenever and whatever is fineby me and stop by whenever you are around and feel like it. :D

11:14 pm  
Blogger leslee said...

Ach, I get so addicted to being on, even when I'm not feeling clear or creative or attentive. It's good to take breaks, and come back with fresh perspective.

2:53 am  
Anonymous Tania from Germany said...


5:00 am  
Anonymous pohanginapete said...

I know the feeling, Mary. Hope you get to relax with real, living creatures; become absorbed in whatever you're doing right then; be entranced by the present.

9:07 am  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Have good blog break.

2:28 pm  
Blogger Mary said...

Thank you all.

Sky: I have been sliding into online life too much instead of living my real one. And yes, it is addictive!

MB: Absolutely right. A question of finding one's own rhythm. Not as easy as I might think ..

Endment: Giving oneself permission to do this is the hardest part ..

Dave: Good to see you here again. Thank you.

LJ: Thank you xoxo

Rdl: I'll be back :-)

Tania: Hi, thanks.

Leslee: thanks for the understanding....

Pete: You've been really helpful on this subject over the past months. Much appreciated.

Herhimbryn: I am, thank you.

5:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never knew there was a rule about blogging every day. I do more on the weekends, when I gather my thoughts and enjoy a morning to rest and think.

Here I am on a Sunday at work, and I so want to get a posting up. Ain't happening this week. Likewise, I prefer to comment from home, so I don't have to remember passwords and suchlike.


1:47 pm  

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