It felt good--really good--to step away from Ye Olde Blogge for awhile. Most of what I wrote the previous week was pre-posted, so I was actually mostly blog-free for about a week and a half. And in the intense immediacy of blog years, that's, like, 73 days.
I desperately needed a tweaking of my perspective on the cyber-world. If you've been blogging yourself for a while, you know that there is a (perhaps false) sense of urgency to it. I think all bloggers occasionally get so plugged into their cyber-lives that they lose sight of the real life they're supposed to be living. It doesn't help that this is the most "connected" generation in history. We write on our blogs while Facebooking and Twittering and listening to a podcast and receiving our messages (text and voice mail and instant).
And I wonder sometimes, were we really created to be this plugged in? Are we so connected that we're getting...well, disconnected?
I know. There are some really fine uses of technology out there. I love my cell phone and my Facebook and my e-mail as much as the next person. I don't plan to chuck it all anytime soon. I think that it is what it is, and whether we like it or not, we've found ourselves living smack dab in the middle of the Tech Revolution.
And that's okay. We'll work with it. We'll grow and learn and adapt and be thankful for the convenience and enjoy the entertainment.
But let's not forget (and I'm preaching to myself, here) that the real meat of life, the stuff that really matters, the part that makes it beautiful to be human--well, none of that stuff has a USB port. You can't really Twitter the music of a child's laugh, and no Facebook page will replace the beauty of taking a casserole to a sick friend.
So blog life, Twitter it, IM it, podcast it...and do it well.