Exactly 2 months ago, I decided to go on an Internet diet. No, not a diet....a fast. I stopped posting on this blog. I stopped reading blogs. I stopped "Twittering". I completely deleted my Facebook profile. I minimized what I received via e-mail (as in, I unsubscribed to a bunch of useless junk) and cut back on how often I checked my e-mail. I was completely amazed at how much "free" time I had. More honestly, I was humbled by how much I was ignoring or not doing because I thought I "didn't have time".
And sometimes it was hard to do. I love to read and I love to "talk" to people, and I missed the interaction of blogging and twittering. I missed my Internet friends. Sometimes I would "cheat" and check Twitter, just to see what everyone was up to. Or I would scan some blogs, just to catch up on things. But just like changing your eating habits when you go on a diet, I began to change my habits. I even had whole days when I forgot to even check my e-mail! Me - the e-mail queen. This is quite a feat considering I have the ultimate Internet and e-mail toy in my daily possession - my iPhone. Checking your mail is as easy as touching a button.
Anyway, after much discussion with my best friends and others, and much reflection, I think I am ready to come back to blogging. I want to be careful - I will not go back to my old habits. The Internet was consuming my family time. Quite frankly, I feel like it was taking over my life. Truth be told, I don't miss Facebook. And I don't really feel the need to Twitter. But I have missed blogging - expressing myself on digital paper, and talking to all of you.
So.....here I am. January 4, 2009. 44 years old. Ready to take on the new year. And right off the bat, I have a request. I have accidentally deleted my blogroll. Help me put you all back on my list.
Happy new year, everyone.