So, I’m about a day late on this, but better late than never, right?

I’ve decided I’m going to disconnect from all of my online connections during the 40 days known as Lent (today, February 17 through Easter, April 4). I wanted to walk through my reasons here (more so I know them) and to fill you in on what you can expect if you’re inclined to follow my online exploits.

I won’t be blogging. This isn’t that big a deal for me. I can go months without blogging. Just look at the dates on my posts. I won’t be here to check comments or stats, but feel free to leave some if you’d like.

I won’t use Twitter or Facebook. I won’t be tweeting or checking tweets. I won’t update my status on Facebook, nor will I post cute photos of my kids.

I will stay away from Flickr. Besides Twitter and Facebook, I connect with the rest of my online friends through Flickr groups. I worked hard to bust out my final art for the Easter series this morning, so I don’t need the peer review.

I will still be producing my daily365s, but I won’t be posting them anywhere. It’s been a challenge to do these lately (and I’ve missed a few days lately), but I always find myself producing stuff for an audience. It’s the same issue with the iPhone Pic of the Day. I always consider what you will think when I make them. I need these project to be about me and what I want do and discover. This will give me the opportunity to produce for me. I haven’t decided if I’ll post the results or not.

This isn’t a knee-jerk, trendy reaction for me. I’ve been planning for over a month. This post is just a bit last minute. I’ve been considering and planning this break for some time, and the 40-days of Lent offers me a well-defined start and end point.

I’m hoping I can build some new real life relationships (an area that’s been severely lacking for a while). It will hopefully help me be more present with my family. It will cut down significantly on the voices in my life, even if just for a brief time. I’m sure that will allow me to discover something new about myself.

Though I’m not doing this as a spiritual exercise (Lent is a very spiritual time for some people), I’m sure I will see some spiritual benefits as I restrain myself from something I really enjoy. I need to do something with all the time I’m not spending with my online friends, so meditation and creation will be wonderful outlets.


~ by mitchbolton on February 17, 2010.

2 Responses to “Silence”

  1. very nice I like how you think

  2. Good for you Mitch!

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