No Computer Day.

Simplesparrow

Blogging is kind of relentless isn't it? You post one item, only to feel a desperate urge to tell the world something else. Then you want to see what the world has got to say about it. And what that wonderful little boutique on Etsy is selling today and what  your list of  favorite bloggers have been doing over the weekend, and  what ludicrous antics the celebs have been up to. And thats before you have checked your emails, perused your bank statement, ordered your groceries  and neglected your children...

It's too, too much. For all  of us.

It fills our heads with stuff that isn't real and seven days a week it simply isn't healthy  to  have that quiet nagging sense of "I'll just do this" before we turn our minds to real life...

And so that eminently sensible and ever talented lady, Toni at Simple Sparrow has joined her friend Blair  (don't miss her gorgeous Japanese Craft Book Library) in a weekly "No-Computer Day"  and to me it seem's like the perfect way to enjoy the emptiness of nothing long enough to turn our minds to more creative endeavours...

And so I'm in.

And in the meantime I am going to spend my morning organising my blogging life so that it doesn't eat into every hour of every day...

1. Use Bloglines. Open an account, then type in the addresses of your favorite blogs and voila everytime those bloggers update their blogs you will be the first to know and you won't have to waste time flicking backwards and forwards through other peoples sites...

2. Use a blog editor like Rocket Post, or  Ecto, to schedule your blog posts, which not only means that you can work offline, but also means that you can do all your blogging while the kids are at school and have it magically appear whenever you want it to: great for when you are on holiday, or indeed for "No Computer Day"...

 

3. Change your browser. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that FireFox has changed my life. I work faster, and in a more focused manner and it allows me to integrate a lot of the tools I use for blogging (ie Del.icio.us, Google and Flickr) right into my toolbar: which means no more flicking windows for me. Try it- it is ludicrously easy to do and it really does make a difference.

4. Allocate specific time for blogging and switch your computer OFF when you have finished. There is hardly an email in the world so urgent it cannot wait till the morning.

Ok? Now there is time to craft,  knit, bake, read and do all the other things that make Vintage HouseKeepers, Vintage HouseKeepers. Technology is intrusive and we shouldn't allow it to dictate the way we run our days...

We just needed Toni and Blair to remind us.