Oh, hello there, deadline. You are a lot closer than I thought you would be. I can see that I'm not nearly as close to meeting you as I thought I would be at this point in the year, either.

So starting tomorrow, I am going to be on complete social media lockdown -- no LJ, no Twitter, no Facebook or Google Reader, and only the most urgent e-mails -- every day until at least 4 p.m. EST. And if I haven't made my minimum daily wordcount by then, I won't be online after 4 p.m. either.

I still intend to meet all my existing commitments, so if I've agreed to do something for you then you needn't worry that I'm going to drop you like the proverbial hot potato. I'm just having to be really tough with myself when it comes to non-writing distractions, and try to make the absolute best use of my daily writing time that I can.

I hope this is going to turn out to be a positive thing. It's going to be really tough to resist the impulse to check my e-mail and Twitter replies several times a day as I've become accustomed to doing, but I suspect I'm going to have no regrets once I get into the rhythm of it.

Oh, and if you see me online when I'm not supposed to be? Please feel free to call me on it. Not that I expect you all to become my personal Jiminy Crickets, but if you happen to notice I'm falling off the wagon, accountability is good too.

Bye, everybody! See you on the other side!

GIP!

Nov. 29th, 2003 08:39 pm
rj_anderson: (Internet node map from opte.org)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] abates for drawing my attention to this mega-cool graphical representation of the Internet. Here's a news article; more details and bigger maps are available at the The Opte Project.




Wow, how'd they know I used to run a BBS? (It was called Revelation, by the way, and since I was running it off a single phone line and computer, it was only open for a couple of hours every evening. Of course, since people were calling in at 300 baud, and everybody was used to endless busy signals, this was not a problem -- I still had about fifteen regular users. Ah, the nostalgia.)

But seriously, the above really is how I feel sometimes about how the online scene has changed over the past fifteen years... net.curmudgeon, that's me. :) Read the FAQ, people! Learn some netiquette! Get with the program!


Are you Addicted to the Internet?

60%


Average@Internet-User.com (41% - 60%)
You seem to have a healthy balance in your life when it comes to the internet and life away from the computer. You know enough to do what you want online without looking like an idiot (most of the time). You even have your own Yahoo club or online journal! But you enjoy seeing your friends and going out to enjoy life away from your computer.




The Are you Addicted to the Internet? Quiz at Stvlive.com!




Hmm. Actually, I think I am a bit more addicted than this, but having a child does tend to limit one's computer time.

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