My hub gets on to me time and time again for glueing my eyeballs to the laptop screen too much -- I just can't seem to get enough. From researching & preparing blog posts, reading the mound of blogs I'm subscribed to, catching up on the latest facebook gossip, or simply browsing my bookmarks, I admit, I spend a good part of my day on the computer. When I was at my last office job I would work all day on the computer then come home and jump right back on to pick back up with the blog -- that's a lot of screen time!
I'm completely fascinated with the internet because of the endless sources of inspiration -- from tumblr and flickr to magazines and blogs, I could sit down at my desk and 5 million clicks later, still not have seen a fraction of it. There is so much to draw from creatively and having the access to see what people are up to from all over the world is an amazing experience. It's easy to get lost in a sea of eye candy.
I also hate the internet because of the endless sources of inspiration. I often become desensitized to the world around me and seem to only focus on the screen in front of me. Blog after blog, etsy seller after etsy seller -- it's so easy to become lost.
So what's the compromise? How do I stay connected to the online community while maintaining a somewhat unplugged lifestyle? Thankfully I have hobbies I can escape to like sewing and photography -- but what about the dull moments where there is nothing to do but just be? It would probably be best to create some type of schedule where I force myself away from checking the latest updates but loose enough that I can still maintain some type of spontaneity which is such a huge part of my blogging style.
How do you deal? Are you a blogger who can't seem to break away from researching new posts or a faithful reader who constantly checks for the latest updates? And how does that type of computer use relate to your more business/formal time at the screen? How much time do you allow yourself on the computer each day?
Images are from a recent trip to the flea market -- an attempt to get outside and away from the computer :)