April 16th, 2005
How Do You Spend Your Weekends?

I went over to Romancing the Blog and read Alison’s post about surfing, web use, and information overload. I actually think she has a good point this time. I used to read only a few blogs when I first started blogging. That number has grown exponentially. It now takes me well over an hour to get through(I’m a VERY slow reader.) all of the blogs I follow.

How do I know this? I just spent the last two hours catching up on friend’s and writer info blogs. (Yes, that’s how I’m spending my weekend.) I do plan to write a bit since I won’t get the chance to once I leave for the Romantic Times Convention on Friday. I’d like to at least hit the halfway point in Atlantean’s Quest Book Four: The Return. My plan is to have the manuscript finished my the end of next month.

That won’t happen if I continue to spend so much time surfing. Patrice purchased a Dana, so she could write away from home. I’d considered it before, but decided against it because I didn’t think I’d use it enough to justify the cost. She said something that has actually changed my mind. She mentioned on her blog how she didn’t use it when she first bought it, UNTIL she took it out one day and discovered how productive she could be. Seeing how much she’d written away from home showed her how much time she’d been wasting online. We’re talking triple productivity here people. :-O

I know that writing on paper helps me at times to get the creative ball rolling, but I’m not super productive doing that because you’re limited to how fast you can write longhand. Just like you’re limited to how fast you can write based on your typing speed. My typing speed is a smidgen faster than my writing speed. I truly need to work on it.

All I know is that I have to do something to curtail this loss of time. I don’t want to spend every weekend playing catch up. Weekends are for movies, snuggling, and going out to dinner, not surfing (unless you’re on an ocean) and working.

21 comments to “How Do You Spend Your Weekends?”

  1. An hour is nothing. Seriously. It would take me 2-3 hours to read all the blogs (follow some links) and check in on the message board, plus reply to emails. And that was every day. 😛 I’ve cut down drastically on my online time. I’m reading a lot, watching more tv and movies, spending more time with friends/family, excercising and cooking more, doing the laundry/housework more regularly, and thinking about my craft more. I have a Quickpad (different brand from Alphasmart) and when I do spend time on it, I write, which is still more than I can say about being on the desktop. Eventually, I’ll break the habit of checking online everytime I turn on the pc, and I’ll just open up the doc and get to work. At the moment i’m pretty much back down the the handful of blogs (including yours) that I originally hung out on when I stumbled upon the blogosphere.

  2. I have no idea how long it would take for me because I don’t read all the blogs listen along RTB. I get loopy about the amount of time it WOULD take to read them just looking at the long, long, long list. On the time thing via Alphasmart: I can’t get one. It seems way too small for me. Which is why I am getting a laptop. Without internet connection on it. I only surf blogs I’ve been going to for a while, with casual forays into new blogs my regular bloggers link to. Email is next to nil after I rid myself of yahoogroups who weren’t helping my productivity. Not to mention staying far, far away from Market News. But as to how do I spend my weekends? WORKING in Re-Hell-Tail. 🙁

  3. I go through jags. I’ll spend a couple of weeks keeping up with onlines stuff, blogs, email, etc., and then I’ll realize I need time to write, so I’ll cut back for a couple of weeks. Right now I’m needing to cut back! LOL

  4. Jaq, That’s pretty much what I’m looking at doing. I went through my blogs and figured out which ones I visited in the beginning. I’m also trying to spend more time reading and less time watching TV, although I don’t do a lot of the latter. I don’t have the willpower yet to sit next to the computer and NOT check emails. That’s why I’m considering the Dana. If the computer isn’t on or if I can work somewhere else that might help.

  5. Evangeline, Good for you! I wish I had the ‘strength’ to just say no to the lists and the blogger sites.

    As for the AlphaSmart, the screen is much smaller, but the typing space isn’t too bad. A friend let me try hers at a local RWA meeting. It would take a little getting used to since I have a split keyboard. I do have a laptop, but it weighs too much to hall around. Good luck with whatever you decide to use. 😀

  6. LOL Larissa! I hear you on the cutting back. If I want to finish this book by the end of next month, I’m going to have to cut WAY back. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done.

  7. nice to knwo it’s not just me! LOl I recently bought a Neo Jordan, and love it. I used ot work off my latop all the time and itdied. Then I tried on the desktop and got sucked into surfing way too much. Now I edit on the desktop, but write on the Neo. And my productivity is back up! For those of us that don’t have a lot of willpower when it come sto ignoring the online possiblitlies when connected to the internet, a way to write away from it is a blessing.

    It’s way to easy to procrastinate by bloghopping than wrie! LOl Although, I too, check in on the original ones that got me hooked, (You, Cece, Jaq, Larissa, Sylvia) almost every day.

  8. You won’t regret getting a Neo or Dana, Jordan. The other factor to consider is something I realized the other day when I took my laptop to the library to do edits. I was SO paranoid I’d drop it and lose my hard drive (and hence that mammoth book I just finished. LOL!) that I was way more tense than I needed to be. But with the Dana,I only have my most recent stuff on there that I transfer to my laptop so I feel less stressed taking it away from the house with me. 🙂 And yes, I do back up my hard drive, but there’s so much on my laptop I don’t want to have to reconfigure…LOL! Keeping it at home works best for me.

  9. If you find the magic to the curtailing time loss, I want to buy it.

  10. I vote for the NEO….less temptation and a bit cheaper. I took my Alphie outside today adn got six pages done plus a lot of just note taking for my wip =)

  11. Sasha, I’m glad to hear that your NEO is working well. I’ve only heard one negative comment pertaining to the AlphaSmarts. I think someone bought one of the newer ones and didn’t like it as much as the older model. Not bad at all.

    I’m back to checking the original sites too. Anything more, and the time hoovers away.

  12. Patrice, I never thought about that, although I’m fairly paranoid about theft. I want something light that I can knock around. I’ve heard these things are ‘kid’ tested, which is always a good sign. 🙂 I work on my PC at home, not my laptop. (Which is why I surf, surf, surf.) In fact, I’m going to have to toss my laptop because the battery no longer holds a charge.

  13. Jill, I’ll let you know what I discover. 😉

  14. Cece, I actually want whichever one has the most screen space and best lighting. I know the Dana can pick up emails (or am I confusing it with the Neo?), but I doubt I’d surf on it. I don’t want to mess with the wireless networks outside of my home.

  15. I think it’s a matter of making priorities. I love to keep up with friends. I prioritize blogs by the ones that have a positive impact on my life.

  16. JOrdan i wish I’d waited six months and gotten the one with the bigger screen but I’m perfectly happy with mine (a 3000). I think it was Monica who got a Dana right after it came out and has had problems with it. They have a great message board BTW for alpha smart users.

  17. Suzanne, I hadn’t consciously thought about blogs that way, but on a deeper level I must be doing exactly what you’re talking about.

  18. Cece, Have you heard of people having problems with the Dana now? Also, where’s the message board…asks the person who’s trying to cut her online time, while at the same time creating a sink hole? LOL!

  19. The Dana has internet but the Neo doesn’t. Although the Neo has a bigger screen. I’ve only had it about a month or so now, but no problems yet!

  20. I love my Neo (the younger cousin to Dana :-). Absolutely love it when I’m writing new manuscripts. It keeps me from self-editing myself and lets me just free-flow. I had an Alpha Smart before the Neo, but my kids us it to do their reports on. When my oldest had shoulder surgery, he used it to take notes in class–was easier for him to use than writing left handed. LOL. It’s also so light and portable you can take it absolutely anywhere. I love mine!

  21. Thanks Sasha & Chey! I always LOVE hearing personal recommendations. 😀 Maybe they got the bugs in the system worked out. I’m not going to do anything until I find out how much we owe on taxes and I’ve returned from RT. I don’t plan to write while I’m at the latter, only take notes. See you in a few, Chey. 🙂