Sunlit Water

January 3, 2008

Simplify

Filed under: Blogs,Personal — by teofilo @ 5:04 pm

My recent time of involuntary separation from the internet has made me realize that I really don’t miss reading blogs that much when I go without them for a while.  This is a realization that I have every time I go through a period like this, but this time it seems strengthened a bit by the fact that I also just met a bunch of blog people, which was very nice but really reinforced for me the fact that I don’t actually have a whole lot in common with most of the other people who comment on the blogs where I comment and that, much as I do like them, they’re not going to be able to provide for me what I really want and need in terms of social interaction.

I just took a look at Unfogged, and six of the eight most recent posts were political in nature, all with dozens of comments.  For the past few months I’ve had a general policy of not reading Unfogged political threads, since all they do is upset me, and if there are going to be that many of them (as there often are), there’s not much point in me spending as much time there as I have been recently.  I doubt I’ll stop reading entirely, at least as long as I have a job that involves sitting at a desk for hours at a time waiting for the phone to ring, but I suspect my involvement at Unfogged will decline a bit in the near future.

I still don’t want to give up on Unfogged entirely, since when it’s good it’s still a lot of fun, but I’ve been finding the general tone there increasingly uncomfortable and it’s just not as fun as it used to be.  I’ll still post here, of course (and, indeed, my posting frequency may increase, though I make no promises), so if anyone wants to get in touch with me, the best ways are probably to comment here or send me an e-mail.

Despite all this, I really did enjoy meeting some of you this past weekend, and I do hope to keep in touch with you virtually.  You’re always welcome here.

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5 Comments »

  1. There are times I feel that way about friends & family. It’s good to unplug,

    Comment by Carrie K — January 3, 2008 @ 9:08 pm |Reply

  2. I’m mostly a lurker over at unfogged, but I always like your comments, and I’ll miss them. But I’ll still read you over here, of course.

    Comment by jms — January 5, 2008 @ 12:26 pm |Reply

  3. Aw, thanks, jms. I like your comments too.

    Comment by teofilo — January 5, 2008 @ 1:26 pm |Reply

  4. It was very good to meet you in DC, teo (and thanks for your linguistic knowledge on the matter of inflection in non alphabet-based languages!). And I too enjoy your presence at Unfogged, but there’s nothing wrong with scaling back involvement or going without for a while or forever. You’ll get fewer of the jokes and references when and if you do go back, but absent a fellowship, Unfogged is just too damn big now anyway to really keep up with as in olden days of yore. So enjoy your time away but keep in touch from time to time.

    Comment by M/tch M/lls — January 19, 2008 @ 9:29 pm |Reply

  5. Thanks, M/tch. It was nice to meet you too. The fact that Unfogged is so damn big these days is certainly reason enough to not worry about keeping up with it, and in fact I haven’t been reading all the threads for several months now. What I realized a while ago is that reading the political threads just isn’t enjoyable at all for me, so I stopped, and I haven’t missed them. My current scaling back has been helped out enormously by the fact that it’s primary season and as a result more of the threads are political, so reading less Unfogged comes more or less effortlessly. The main change is that now I’m not reading most of the threads that have hundreds of comments when I first see them even if they aren’t political (unless the subject matter is of particular interest to me). I’ll definitely be around, though, so no need to worry about losing touch with me.

    Comment by teofilo — January 19, 2008 @ 9:36 pm |Reply


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