After sharing this blog and first entry with friends, I got a positive response, but also skepticism as to whether or not I was on the right path. A few friends pointed to the blog or iPad ideas as antithetical. Fair points.
But, to clarify, I am not anti-technology or anti-internet. This blog and iPad plan present no philosophical conflict for me whatsoever. What I’m rejecting is the 100+ micro-distractions that various pings, notices, buzzes, and compulsive check-ins cause for me per day and the mental/emotional tangents they send me on.
With no computer at home and a business that requires email correspondence, a lot of typing, and web access (public relations and business development for our branding/design work), I will need some sort of computational device. We run our own business and have a child with diabetes, so I am not in my office or at my computer 9-5 or even the minimum number of hours needed to do my regular work. Since I am getting rid of my smart phone, I really do need something to send the 75-100 emails per day for client and media correspondence and to write press releases, etc. Right now, the iPad makes the most sense in terms of configuration time, size/cost, distractions, and the ability to be out in the world. But I am totally open to other suggestions.
As for this blog, I think documenting my effort and experience is worthwhile—as is sharing it and hearing critical feedback. So, that’s where I’m at.