As I expect is true of many of us working on the web today, social media is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, we get immediate access to news, enjoyment and our peers. On the other, it is a constant source of distraction.
Being fed up with the latter, I decided to make a change. December is a busy month. One filled with friends, family, and the elusive never-finished “Winter Project.” What role do sites like Hacker News, Reddit and Facebook fill in the holiday void? None, really. They’re just a way to kill time.
There is family unvisited, books unread, projects unstarted, photographs untaken, and wood unworked–all of which are inhibited by killing time on the web. To fix this, I’ve decided to make my holiday season a “write-only” month.
If you read this blog or follow me on Twitter, you’ll continue to see updates from me. I’ll even respond to comments and replies. What I won’t be doing, however, is spending any time reading timelines and the like (well, I’m blocking myself from them, actually…).
And that’s it, much ado about nothing. The only other thing I’ll say, is maybe you should consider a write-only month too. While it might feel like you’ll miss something important, let’s be honest, you probably won’t.