Quality Time

I spent most of today off of the internet because the file restore download for my photos was taking forever and slowing everything down to an intolerable speed. It was quite a shock to the system. I usually spend a lot of time online, on twitter, reading blogs and news websites, getting my daily dose of online junk food from the gawker sites, not so much on facebook any more.

And today I did almost none of that. 2 of my 6 email accounts (I know) go to my phone, so I got the important stuff. I peeked in on twitter here and there and got on facebook once in the morning. You know what I didn’t feel today? Outrage. Anger. Annoyance. I didn’t roll my eyes once. (Not even at my husband!) I made turkey stock and fancy salad for dinner. I ran a ton of errands. I rolled yarn balls. It was awesome.

Clearly, I need to rethink my priorities. I need to rethink who I follow on twitter, what blogs I read and I need to back the hell away from twitter when twitstorms are happening. Or learn to control myself and just ignore it. While, social media is often used for good, there is often a cost. And right now part of the cost is my sanity. You might see less of me on twitter – maybe not, we’ll see. What I will be doing more of is the interacting part of social media, answering every @, every email and, what relates the most to here, answering every comment.

This crazy online world with the twitters and the blogs is what you make it. Sometimes I forget that it is opt in. No one is making me read blogs that are boring (not yours), tweets that cause my eyes to roll so hard they bounce in my skull (not yours again) and stupid facebook status updates (I heart the hide button).

That said, I have a new blog in the works. Woohoo! It is debuting next week. It is about food, not babies and is one hundred percent drama free. For now. People have opinions, but I would rather people rage against the mushrooms than wake up to a twitter stream slapping me in the face with pedophilia every two seconds. AND, I might have a giveaway or two or maybe three. I am feeling a little crazy.

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10 Responses to “Quality Time”

  1. Cole says:

    You’re spending too much time online… And you’re starting a new blog? LOL.

    I know what you mean about getting sucked in, though – my Google Reader is overwhelming – it feels like it’s taunting me! So then I don’t wind up having ad much time on Twitter, which is a shame because that’s where I think you can make the most personal connections. And, you know, it’s nice to have some time to enjoy real life, too!

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    Amy Reply:

    I know, it sounds contradictory, but I think it is partially a matter of cutting out come of the things I do online. And the new blog is easy, online at least. The complicated part is in the kitchen. It doesn’t take too long to type up a recipe.

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  2. Suzanne says:

    When I still worked in an office, I spent ALL DAY EVERY DAY on Jezebel. (I don’t need to explain why to you, I know you get it.) I refreshed constantly. I read EVERY comment on EVERY post and knew EVERYONE ELSE who commented.

    Then I had the baby & no one paid me to sit in front of a computer screen all day and I totally forgot to read all the posts and now…I can’t even tell you who the editors are. And my life is SO MUCH BETTER and drama-free. I still have lots of internet friends I met on Jez but not being obsessed with that part of the internets has made me a much much happier person.

    So, yeah, I know what you’re saying.

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    Amy Reply:

    I’m just dumb. And tired this week. I hated high school drama, dorm drama, drunken college drama, work with too many women drama. All which I was stuck with. And now I am letting internet drama upset me when I can just look away.

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    babyinbrooklyn Reply:

    Yo, Suzanne, I feel you. I used to be the same but then stopped fucking around at work so much (oh, and had a baby!). But yeah, sometimes even my facebook account is too much drama for me

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  3. Good luck with your new blog. I can’t believe you have 6 email accounts. I can hardly keep up with two!

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    Amy Reply:

    I have a bad habit of starting new email accounts when the old ones get too spammy. But I still check the old ones. Plus the blog ones. It is really dumb. I should consolidate them all.

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  4. Also, Am y yo have totally inspired me to shave down the peeps I follow on twitter because, yeah, If I’m mostly scrolling through their tweets I don’t need to follow them!

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    Amy Reply:

    Yeah, I’m going to start some serious unfollowing. I follow over 300 people and talk to maybe 25-30 of them. Not worth the drama.

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  5. Nichole says:

    Ohhh…I cannot wait for the new blog. :)
    Yay!

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