Day 4 of refined digital life

10:03. For the past three and a half days, I have refined my online input/social-feeds to positive content (edit: and/or necessary content — I occasionally check major news sites, but mostly headlines — and I turn off notifications), and/or mutually-interactive/honest/supportive online friendships only. This has had a very positive effect on my general inner well-being.

I still very much appreciate (and support, to the best of my ability, which actually takes hours of reading and commenting each day) the creative/artistic community, here on WP, partly because it feels good and right to do so (if I read, I like to acknowledge), but also because engaging in positive online interactions plays a key factor in my sustained sobriety.

I have been somewhat monitoring my time, just non-judgementally, across various WP networks — and it is a LOT (I hardly ever use any other form of entertainment/socializing) — and believe me I know that there are many of you out there with the same artist-supporting philosophic bent/intent — thank you, truly for all you do. My three WP blogs still exist because of you.

I think supporting fellow creatives, especially ones who aim to change the world for the better, through education/truthful shared experience, beauty/inspiration and/or insightful entertainment, is such important, unpaid, unsung work. This is what I have set out to do ever since first coming online, even before I started venturing my own work out there, on various previous platforms also. Thanks for those who do the same, and/or recognize and/or pay it forward. It makes the world a better place.

I have still not read further in the Cal Newport book (Digital Minimalism). TBH the opening pages said so much I had long felt and understood and studied, that it felt more like confirmation from a very wise and organized and hard-working imagined friend, than any new epiphany. But I do intend to finish it, just as I finished his other one, way back when (the book called Deep Work).

I did knit about 10 rows of the sobriety shawl though. ๐ŸŽ‰

Last night I remained technology-free from around dinnertime onwards. It makes for a very restful sleep. And the night sky, which I’d gone out to view all too little, through the cold evenings of winter, was truly magnificent. ๐ŸŒŒ๐Ÿ’™โœจ

Now here, it is morning; the birds are chirping, and spring is on its way. Thanks, friends, for all the amazing works… and for like-starring my day. ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ซ



11 months + 23 days sustained sobriety (alcohol, but no other drugs other than caffeine, either) 2 years + 13 days smoke-free, and 3.5 days of selective/reduced digital input.

13 thoughts on “Day 4 of refined digital life

  1. Iโ€™m looking forward to supporting artists via Bandcamp on Friday. ๐Ÿ™‚ That scarf is looking good too, Nads. Great idea, having a project. Might be time I started a quilt.

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      1. Milk! Records is on there and comprises half my playlist. Iโ€™ve added a load to my Wishlist in preparation. Nice to have little things to look forward to. Also hope to get in a quick swim in a quiet time of day, before the pool closes. But back to artists, yes! They supported so many here during our extended fire season. Time for me/us to return the favour.

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        1. Awesome recommend (Milk! Records) – favourite song titles?
          I love your idea of a swim and have been craving that myself. Determined to herd the cats to the (deserted) lake, for a hopeful dip, “Illegally” or not. The weather is wonderful here, which is a true blessing. Very glad that the Aussy fires were contained. Was it with that mid-Feb rain? Hugs for now xoxoxo

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  2. I also turned my phone off last night for a few hours. Plus the news etc. I needed to recharge and build up resilience to keep going again today.
    I sat and did ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿงต (๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†) for the evening. I did turn my phone back on and unfortunately couldnโ€™t sleep. So, I am going to set aside time some evenings where I switch off the digital and go to bed after an hour or two digital free!!! Xxx

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    1. “I sat and did ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿงต (๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†)”
      Made me smile very big. Thanks so much for that. Cheers and stitches for both us bitches. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„ And I will try again for offline evening again tonight, like you. (Eeeek! My time is running out! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿต

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      1. I know!!!
        I want to do a post so I might have a go at that first and then switch off!!
        I do love my friends on here though so I never see that addiction as a bad thing really โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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        1. I have to agree with you – but now I MUST get dinner going dammit!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚so byyyyyyyyeeeeee. ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜‰And I will read yours upon the morn, if I manage to hold off tonight. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Not only on it’s way, spring is here! Since I started blogging I’ve harbored the same feeling that we are selflessly beautifying the world. I try to comment on the blogs I read because someone took the time to write, edit and post their thoughts. They deserve an exchange with another human. You do a great job of keeping track of the changes in your life. I don’t have a sobriety date because two or three weeks later, I couldn’t remember if it had been tow or three weeks. Ultimately it no longer matters because I’ve stopped missing alcohol and I really need to work to remember how many years it has been. Hopefully in a few years, you’ll be in a similar place (or not if that’s not what you’re looking for).

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    1. Well, today it is spring, yes! And I am so happy for it. Thank you so much Jeff. I don’t purposely do a great job, it’s just habit or compulsion… my dad did the same. Some habits are better than others though! ;)))


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