Anyone who knows me knows I spend too much time lurking on the Internet whether it’s Facebook, working on this blog, Flickr, or any of the other dozen or more sites I browse on occasion. When my friend Jia posted her own One Week Without the Internet challenge, I became inspired and wanted to attempt the challenge for myself.
I should note that Jia and I are similar in many ways, which I’ve bullet-pointed for easier reading:
- We’re both stay at home wives who spend ridiculous amounts of time online
- Want our own children but have struggled to conceive
- Issues with self-esteem, body image, and weight
- Snarky, sarcastic, and have the occasional potty mouth
- And the most obvious: We’re both bloggers/writers
If we lived in the same city and within a few miles of one another I suspect we’d be BFFs or damn close to it. Her sense of humor along with her intelligence not only makes me laugh, it inspires me, hence the one week without the Internet challenge.
Can you really go one week without the Internet?
I don’t know but I’m certainly going to try. I have two books I need to read for class (one I’m about halfway done with reading) so attempting to force myself off the computer seems like a good idea. Plus the furnace is finally cooling off here in Vegas so it’ll do me some good to get outdoors.
Okay. But what about homework, your new weekly feature, and social media?
No worries mi amigos! Thankfully I don’t have a lot of online research to do, if any right now for either of my classes. Since homework is something I have to do I will make an exception and use the Internet if necessary. As for the weekly feature, I’ll read the newspaper (shocking, I know) and take notes on what I read then use those notes on Thursday night (another exception to the challenge) to write that post.
As for social media, if something needs to be posted to Facebook on the fan page I’ll probably enlist my hubby’s help. He’s great at being supportive of the things I do no matter how oddball they may be at times. That’s one of the many things I love about him.
What do you hope to learn or accomplish?
Right now, my main goal is to simply step away from the computer for a change. I’ve become complacent and I’m convinced my frequent usage is what has made me tired, cranky, and even a bit of a sissy when it comes to doing something new. The Internet has become a crutch rather than a tool. It’s time for me to do something about it.
So…when does this challenge start?
Today! I wrote this post the day before it was published so I wouldn’t be cheating only a few hours into the challenge. It will end on Saturday night when I go to bed.
Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Oh, wait. I forgot to mention that the challenge also extends to my phone. I am going to allow myself to check Facebook and Flickr here and there during the week but ONLY on my phone. Part of this challenge will also mean not checking Facebook incessantly. I do that way too often unfortunately.
If you are [hopefully] kind enough to leave a thoughtful, encouraging comment (please do), keep in mind that I will not be responding to comments this week. Regardless, your support and time spent commenting is very much appreciated.
Wish me luck!