Thursday, February 02, 2012

Take the Pledge: Join Me for a Net-Free Month This Summer

I'm feeling sucked dry by the internet again, my creative wells drained and shallow. Anyone want to join me for an experiment this summer?

This June, we'll stay away from the internet and go old school: reading real books, writing longhand in journals, and napping in the sunshine.

Take the pledge to join me by commenting below.  You don't have to go cold turkey like me, but set a goal for some serious withdrawal (weekends are internet-free, evenings after 5, etc.).

14 comments:

Sarah Rettger said...

Hmmm. Not willing to commit to anything yet, but I shall ponder.

Amy Timberlake said...

I love, love, LOVE this idea. What if there was some sort of culminating project to express what we learned afterward . . . I might be up for contributing (if you wanted me) and I'm way into this sort of stuff.

Okay, haven't decided to do it, but I think it could be great for your sanity. I've done residencies where I've been without contact for as long as 3 weeks and it was WONDERFUL. I noticed more in the world, felt more alive. It was great.

Mitali Perkins said...

Amy, great idea. If I can get FIVE writers (including me) to join the experiment, we can write a piece about the experience. What do you think?

Andrea Blythe said...

I love the idea of this. I'm not 100% yet, but I wouldn't mind turning off the internet on the weekends.

Debby Dahl Edwardson said...

I so need to do this. The net is a killer. What if....yes, I could do it. I think.

Kathy H said...

No can do. Impossible to be a social media strategist sans Internet.

Janet AlJunaidi said...

Mitali,
This sounds so appealing, like a retreat! But wonder how I could do research...maybe one day a week could be set aside for that.
I would love to do this!
Janet AlJunaidi

Mitali Perkins said...

How about if we commit to ONE MONTH as our experiment -- June 15 - July 15, no email, social media, internet browsing, etc.? Debbie, Janet, Amy, Sarah, are any of you in? I'm eager to see what happens to my brain and heart and writing, even for one month.

Sophia Chang said...

Oh I'm so in! I ran a few 48 Hour Dark Experiments on my own blog last year and I desperately need to kick the habit.

It's impossible to go cold turkey because I have to work through the internet and sign up for conferences etc., but I'll reduce as much as possible and maybe run some more 48 Hours.

Debby Dahl Edwardson said...

I'm in. I can do a month. I have this growing concern over the way it's affecting my brain--I feel so fractured sometimes, jumping from book to internet and back again at increasingly faster speeds. Of course I could just be getting old, but if feels sometimes like it's altering my brain.

This is a great idea!

I can still compose on laptop though, right?

Mitali Perkins said...

Yay, Debbie, yes, of course you may compose on the laptop. I'm planning on removing my browsers, and at home asking my husband to set the wireless password to something that I will not know. Sophia, that's great, so glad to have you join us. ONE MONTH! We can do it. At the end, I'll ask you to contribute a brief paragraph or two about our experiment as it relates to creativity and writing.

Yael Levy said...

I'm in!

Mitali Perkins said...

Yay, Yael! I'm really starting to look forward to this, and it's always fun to try an experiment in good company.

Mitali Perkins said...

I've decided to do this during the month of June. Best wishes to the rest of you during your grid hiatus. Let me know how it goes.