Withdrawing From The Echo Chamber, 2 Weeks Later

It’s been 2 weeks since I decided to delete all my bookmarks, un-subscribe from all my feeds, stop reading blogs, and generally disconnect from the entire blogosphere.  How is it working out for me?

It’s wonderful.

Now, I’ve had a few lapses, mainly because people keep eMailing me links to blog posts and saying “come on, you HAVE to read this one.”  So, in the past two weeks I’ve faltered on these occasions:

  • I posted a few comments on Ian Landsman’s blog.  Ian is a friend, so I felt compelled to check out his latest stuff when someone suggested it.
  • I posted a comment on Scoble’s blog, again after being eMailed a link suggesting a particular post was worth checking out.
  • I read Mike Gunderloy’s criticism of my dis-connecting over at Web Worker Daily.
  • I peeked at both Joel on Software and Signal v. Noise.

That’s pretty good, I think.  Total time spent on all that was less than 20 minutes; I used to spend more than that per day when I was subscribed to 100 different feeds and trying to stay on top of everything, all the time.  Now, I figure that if something important to my business pops up, it will make itself known to me organically.

I’ve also had a few bookmarks organically work their way into my routine over the last 2 weeks: one for Cubespace, a co-working facility in Portland, OR, where I’ll be spending a week later this month (I’ll be renting a slot at Cubespace to work at that week), and one to a ZenCart customization tutorial (I’m doing my first ZenCart project this month).  What makes these bookmarks acceptable is that they each pertain to work, both have a finite context, and both can (and will!) be deleted once they have served their purpose.

OK, OK, that’s all well & good.  But part of my reason for disconnecting was to improve mental bandwidth and just feel better about my informational diet.  How are things going on that front?  Again, wonderful.

I no longer feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders with regard to having to know everything that’s going on in the industry all the time.  Why did I feel like that in the first place, I wonder?  The answer is, who cares?  I’m on my way to being free of it.  My eyes are open and I’m dedicated to cherry-picking my informational interruptions from amongst the things that actually benefit me professionally.

Is anyone picking up that 30-day disconnect challenge I issued?  If so, I’d like to hear from you.