Archive for the ‘overcoming blog addiction’ Category

Surfing isn’t fun anymore
May 12, 2008

I’ve developed an aversion to the Internet. I guilt of some kind.

I have no problem surfing and wasting my time but every time I succeed in closing my computer, I feel a lot better.


May 11, 2008

Since Tuesday I’ve been trying to restrict the time I spend on line. That’s the reason why I haven’t blogged much recently.

I try to write more. It is good for my brains.

Three weeks without Igoogle
May 5, 2008

I spent two days away from the Internet. While being away, I felt no urge to check blogs or email.

Now while writing this I’ve been six hours on line. This small piece of writing is everything I’ve produced today.

I browsed some blogs with no interest. No topic caught my attention. These six hours have been pure waste of time.

I believe the addiction is now broken. Now I have to create new routines to fill my time. There’s a lot to do, but it seems it is very easy just slip into surfing the Net at mornings.

Two weeks without Igoogle
April 28, 2008

My addiction to certain blogs is practically gone. I still read some of them occasionally because I don’t see any harm in doing so.

Last Monday I started a 30 day challenge about ubiquitous capture but dropped it in a few days. The reason was that it was too effective. I wrote down the three most important problems in my life. I solved one of them very soon and now I’m concentrating in solving the second one.

I don’t think I achieved all this only because I stopped reading blogs but I’m certain that it was of some help.

I began using Windows Live Messenger. I had strong reservations about it. I’ve been addicted to chat programs earlier. However, while I certainly use more time chatting in the net than I should, the conversations have been quite rewarding. That’s because I’ve added only people I meet in real life. I’ve consciously avoided the ones I know only virtually. So all the conversations either support the real life socializing or about the topics they can help me about.

I still check Facebook too often. Maybe I should do something about it.

A week without Igoogle
April 20, 2008

A week ago I stopped using Igoogle. Here are my experiences of the first week without.

How it went

I decided not to read my email very often and log out in between. This worked quite well. During the first days I still typed igoogle occasionally, but since the third day it hasn’t happened any more. Mere email isn’t as addictive as a site equipped with blog feeds.

I began to use Yahoo search as my primary search engine. There’s not much difference with English searches on popular subjects. However, Yahoo is considerably weaker on less common words and topics and on non-English searches. I will still go on using Yahoo but maybe I’ll give a chance to Microsoft’s Live search.

I stopped reading feeds, and I haven’t missed them at all. Occasionally I’ve checked a blog or two I’m interested in. Usually ones written by people I know personally. I think I might even cut that. I haven’t decided yet.

I haven’t used Stumbleupon as much as I planned to do. Of course I fear it might grow as time consuming as blogs used to be but I think I should have something as a substitute. Stumbleupon’s usability has been better than what I expected.

The results

Ditching Igoogle has been a rather positive experience this far. I’m far less addicted to blogs. I get more varied information from the net. I’ve lost almost all of the anxiety the compulsive blog reading gave me. I won’t be going back.

Today I’m too tired to plan anything ahead but I believe I’ll cut other time-consuming and addiction prone web activities. Maybe I’ll stop reading blogs of any kind. Another target might be Facebook. I was very busy today and I didn’t have time to visit Facebook until quite late. And I didn’t miss it for a second.

No more Igoogle
April 13, 2008

Today I’m ditching Igoogle. I’ve had it as my home page for years. About as long as it has been possible.

At first finding all I was surfing for in one page seemed like a good idea. I remember doing my daily reading in a fraction of time I had used before.

Now it has become a burden. There are two reasons. First, I keep constantly being reminded of incoming email. In other words I need an email diet.

Secondly there are few or no blogs I really should read regularly. So I don’t actually need feed reader. Actually, after a while I hardly even read the feeds anyway. They’re just clutter now. The logic behind this is simple: when I need information, I go and find it. There’s virtually nothing in the net I should really keep up with.

My current strategy represented in thee bullett points:

  • I go on using Gmail, but check it only a few times a day and log out in between.
  • I use Yahoo search as my primary search engine and my browser’s home page. Firstly to research its quality and secondly to cut my dependence on Google (to minimize the times I’m tempted to check Gmail).
  • I stop reading subscribed feeds and rely on Stumbleupon in finding new pages (if I really need to find them).

I try this for a while and maybe I’ll report the results here.