I’m back from my little internet break. I was talking to a friend just the other day who had no idea I was even gone because he reads the site in his feed reader. I had briefly considered putting up an actual post back in September for that very reason but never got around to it, so I apologize for that.

In case you never saw it, on about September 14 I had placed a notice at the top of the page that said:

I’m going cold turkey from the Internet (other than for work, school, and FellowSites). I’ll be back on November 1. Cheers!

Sorry I didn’t say more about my break, but I really needed to just quit everything and didn’t have time to explain. The scientific community is still up in the air about whether Internet Addiction is actually a classifiable disorder, but if anyone has it, I believe I do. It got so bad a couple months ago that I needed some intervention.

So I did what I had to do. As I said in my site notice, I still used the internet for work, school, and FellowSites. Everything else, though, including my feed reader and all my social networks, I really did quit cold turkey. I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t an occasional visit to Wikipedia or, but for the most part I stayed away from everything else and didn’t touch my feed reader once during the six weeks I was “offline”.

So, here we are in the first week of November, and, as promised, I’ve cautiously returned to the interwebs. I’ve finally approved the handful of MySpace, Facebook, and LinkedIn friend requests I received during the break (thanks everyone for your patience) and caught up on reading all my close friends’ and family members’ blogs. As soon as I can figure out why Trillian is acting funny I’ll be signing back on to the major instant messaging networks. I’ve set up my feed reader again, but kept it pretty lean this go around. I don’t intend for things to get as bad as they were ever again.

When I was thinking about taking the break, a friend remarked that it can take six weeks to form a new habit. I think I succeeded in developing some new behavior patterns and intend to continue practicing them. In other words, I think my break was successful.

One thing I did miss quite a bit during my break was blogging and sharing things with all of you. I read a few good books and had a few noteworthy experiences during the break, so you can definitely look forward to more updates here in the coming days and weeks. End mark

  • Oooh, so that’s why you’ve been so quiet lately. I, too, read via feed. Congrats on your ability to quit cold turkey, and welcome back. :)

  • Debi

    Good luck keeping that addiction in check. I know
    how hard that can be. But, I know you can do it.
    love you.

  • Tom

    I don’t read you via feed.

    To me, you’ve been eating beef jerky for almost two months. How was that stuff?

  • You should try Miranda, if Trillian is giving you problems (at least if you use Windows). It’s a lot faster, anyway, and is very configurable (although you might want to look it over some before really trying to use it, as it’s not as intuitive):

  • There is also Pidgin.

  • Joey

    Funny you should mention Pidgin. I’d used it (when it was called GAIM) extensively on Ubuntu, but had only briefly tinkered with it on Windows, prior to about a week after I wrote the blog post above, when I switched to it as my primary IM client and I’ve been using it ever since. I don’t absolutely love it like I used to love Trillian, but it seems to Just Work™, so it’s gained my trust and loyalty and I personally recommend it to anyone.