14.3.08

UNPLUGGED #1: EASY PEASY

befreeSuccess! Admittedly, I came home from my Swedish class, read a tiny bit of How To Be Free (how apposite!) and fell asleep at 10pm. But still. I did it! I unplugged! And when I woke up this morning, there were only four proper emails in my inbox (alerts from my friend Mr Google on the topics of 'feminism, gays, faghags and crisis of masculinity' are not included in this count), and none of them were more than one-liners or responses to my invite to my Easter tea-party. AMAZINGLY, THE INTERNET KEPT TURNING DESPITE MY ABSENCE. Whatever next?

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13.3.08

FIVE WAYS TO PREPARE FOR UNPLUGGED NIGHT


Planning to unplug for the night? This might help...

1) Clear the decks
Do not owe anybody any articles, features, columns, blog posts or anything that will require you to interact with a screen. You NEED to have ALL your work done and finished and handed in BEFORE unplugged night begins.

2) Activities
Plan an activity that will remove you from temptation's way. (Swedish class for me, followed by a drink with my co-pupils? That ought to do the trick.)

3) Pen and paper
If any idea occurs to you that really *must* be talked about online, scrawl it on with pen and paper for now. If it needs an image? Get thee away from Google Image Search and just *draw* the fucker on a bit of paper. You can even scan the thing in for a purely image-based blog post in the morning - not that accessible, but different.

4) Accentuate the positive
As a commenter on the last Unplugged post pointed out: focus on what you can do on Unplugged night, not what you can't. All the fun things I do that normally get tucked into tiny pockets of spare time (knitting, letter-writing, diary-writing - I tend to do all of these on the tube into work) can be done in comfortable luxury, in a cafe perhaps, or on a comfy sofa, not a horrid jiggly train. Added bonus - you won't get stared at like you do on public transport for daring to do something as OMGZ WAY OUT FREAKY (not) as knitting or writing (with an actual FOUNTAIN PEN - WTF IS THIS ANCIENT OBJECT).

5) Remember: It's not forever
This ain't like quitting smoking. It's ONE NIGHT. You can just go online again in the morning, immediately after waking, just like you normally do. You won't go cold turkey. You won't get DTs. Really important things are not normally conveyed by email anyway, right? Nobody emails going 'HELP I AM STUCK IN A WELL'. So relax; it's nothing permanent. It's just a couple of hours away from things with screens.
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There you go. Admittedly, I have not yet managed to have a successful unplugged night yet, haha, so we'll have to see if my preparation tips actually work. But you know what? I'm feeling good about this one. I think I might actually be able to pull this off....

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11.3.08

UNPLUGGED #1: FAILING AT THE FIRST HURDLE

Shifted it to Tuesday, but. Spoke to sister on mobile phone. And I have to complete something for work before the morning. And so here I am, fucking it off again. Amazing. Tomorrow? No. Can't. Lost night. It involves TV. It's non-negotiable.

Ok. Thursday. That'll work. It's two hours between returning from my Swedish class and going to bed. We'll probably go for a drink anyway. I can do this.

Unplugged #1: This Thursday.
Screenless in Stockholm.
Can it be done?
Tune in to find out!

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10.3.08

UNPLUGGED NIGHT #1

Getting worried about unplugged night. I have a feature to write and I'm waiting for some answers from an interviewee that I NEED to have in order to finish the piece. Can I cheat to check for them? I guess this is because I only decided on unplugged night yesterday, so didn't have time to prepare properly. And because I'm a terrible deadline-surfer so HAVE to have the thing done tonight, rather than being a normal person who can just say 'Well, I have Ten Hundred Thousand Years Till Deadline, Because I Am So Good', and then go and smugly knit instead. O dearie me. Also, I've just remembered that unplugged night is supposed to involve no screens at all, not just a screen in another room that happens not to be connected to the internet. I think I might switch unplugged night to tomorrow, when I already have my Swedish class and don't get home till 9pm. I feel like that's cheating, but technically it is not, since unplugged night is all about connecting with the real world and real people, and learning Swedish is all about connecting with the real world and real people, or at least Sweden and Swedes, which is kind of the same thing, right?

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9.3.08

52 NIGHTS UNPLUGGED



Alright alright alright already. I'm doing it. Quit hassling me. I'M GETTING OFF THE INTERNET. For one night a week. Courtesy of 52 Nights Unplugged. 52 Nights is the brainchild of a chick called Ariel Meadows Stallings, who wrote a book about being an alternative bride, runs the Salon of Shame, where grownups gather to read out extracts of their teenage douchebag diaries, and is blogging about her unplugged escapades on her personal blog Electrolicious. Now she's set up 52 Nights Unplugged so we can all start doing it. Count me in! Mondays will be my night off and I'll be blogging about it here once I'm allowed to suckle mama internet's teats once more.

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