Of late, I have been trying to break myself out of being too much of an internet junky. I find myself mindlessly zoning out and scrolling through reddit and fark links without truly consuming what’s being presented. Once upon a time I would read through scientific papers published on line, and now I skim a paragraph or two before moving on. This is not good.
So what’s the plan? Give up my favorite websites? I don’t think it’s gotten to that point yet. Mostly, I need to get back into creative mode. If you aren't creating, you are consuming and giving nothing back. Even if I’m just giving back terrible rehashes and blatant rip offs of bad science fiction, I am creating. I’ve had a book in my brain for years (As does any person who has ever fancied themselves a writer) and I have this blog.
Some things I am doing better. I’ve been reading the Lord of the Rings for the first time since my teen years and really enjoying it, which tells me I haven’t lost my ability to read and comprehend complicated text. And while it helps to have watched the movies, the way I see much of the scenery from the text is different than how Peter Jackson portrayed it.
But I can be using my time better. I’m using my spare time to study for my N+ networking certification and want to stop using my laptop while watching TV shows I care about (you really don’t have to pay attention to Pawn Stars like you do True Blood).
I’m sure I will also be posting about things I hate when it comes to the internet in coming weeks to keep me on my path, but it’s a little at a time.