I'm here to say that overall I'm doing very well on my digital fast. It's now noon here in Texas. I've had breakfast, watered the plants and cleaned up the patio. I've straightened the house, read the newspaper and part of the new Stuart Woods novel. I've played with the dogs, straightened up the sewing room, and done plenty of other things. It's amazing how much one can get done this way! There certainly have been some backslides, mainly because two of my college courses were online. School is finished however, and frankly, I'm finding this level of computer use to make life much more enjoyable. I'm especially enjoying my complete lack of Internet use one day a week. That day is completely committed to personal time and family time and nothing is allowed to interfere. (If we've agreed to try and Skype, on occasion I will leave the laptop on at certain times in the evening so that I can "answer a call" from family far away.
I do think for the foreseeable future (and perhaps longer) I've reached my comfort level of computer use. One of the things I have been doing is researching ways to both widen the readership of this blog a bit and advertise my little business. After some consideration, I've decided not to join the twitter crowd. There has to be a limit, and this is mine. What's more, I'm rarely using my personal Facebook page (although I do use my business page). Being off line, doing "real things" with "real" (as in face to face people) is something I consider valuable. This doesn't mean I will not be writing and posting here-on the contrary, now that school is finished I expect to post much more often. I just feel that I am in control of the time, and that my readers will understand if their comments appear after a couple hours instead of immediately. And the world will not end if I limit my online time to the afternoon, on the weekdays.
Now, having said all that, I still find the Internet extremely valuable in terms of both communication, enjoyment and especially saving money. I still go online daily, just not all day long. One of the things I do during my time online is to check for deals, steals, coupons, and group buying offers that may interest me. As those of you who do this type of thing know, this can be feast or famine in terms of results. Some days there may be absolutely nothing of use or interest. On occasion, I go days without seeing anything "worthwhile". On the other hand, if I did not spend this short time daily, I would never know what I had missed. I have found ways to cut down on the time spent, but going to sites that list coupons and deals rather than searching them out on my own.
When it comes to group buying sites, new ones are popping up daily. I could spend a significant amount of time looking for these offers. Instead, I go to a site that lists ALL of the various group buying options for my city. Deal Radar is an invaluable resource for finding the good stuff in a short time.
Occasionally, at certain times of the year (or just when the moon is full) it seems that there are bunches of good deals being offered at the same time. It's times like these that make my group buying searches and finds worthwhile. Perhaps it's mother's day, but in the past week or so I have gotten three really good restaurant deals, forty dollars worth of quilting fabric for $20, a manicure and pedicure at a discount, and discount tickets to the Texas Rangers and a concert. It's times like these that make my extreme coupon searches online worth while.
As long as the computer continues to serve me and not the other way around!