Ever since reading about Steady Mom’s Thirty-Minute Blog Post Challenge, I’ve been thinking about my Internet use, or misuse. I spend an ungodly amount of time online, even more so since becoming a parent, that isn’t to say that all that time has been wasted, the Internet has been a fabulous resource for me. I found Dr. Jack Newman’s breastfeeding videos via KellyMom, which was the breakthrough in our breastfeeding; during pregnancy and the fourthth tri the online social community I participate in was invaluable; I have developed wonderful friendships that started as virtual connections and have morphed into regular friendships; I participate in craft exchanges, find knitting and sewing patterns and buy gifts online; I have been inspired and informed by other mothers using their online power for good.
In today’s age cutting myself off from the Internet is just not feasible. More than the phone, email, chat and social networking sites are used to connect. As my husband notes with a touch of disgust, our local friends increasingly use Facebook to organize impromptu get-togethers. He has missed more than one happy hour because his Facebook account lies fallow. My work is dependent on the use of a computer, as is my husband’s, but after the little one goes to bed and you’ve done nothing but sit in front of the computer that evening something needs to change, something needs to change for the health of your family.
So how do we find a balance? I’m going to start by pledging to start confining my non-work Internet time including blog posting to an hour a day AND gulp, having one day a week, Saturday, almost Internet free. I know, I know, the ‘almost’ means email, checking map directions, Skyping my distant family (we use Skype for long distance calls, and checking Facebook for event information is okay. Like I said it just isn’t feasible without becoming a hermit to completely cut myself off. With that said, I’ve almost used my thirty minutes for this blog post. If I’m going to do this I might as well start now. I’ll have to post my guidelines tomorrow.
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