Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down

For the first time in my life, I will be observing Lent. I have chosen to fast for the next 46 days—I'm not cutting out a specific food or drink, but instead will be eliminating the Internet from my daily diet.

Prior to starting my blog last spring, I hardly ever sat down at the computer. I didn't spend any time on the Internet, other than occasionally to Google a topic or check e-mail once or twice a month. If you would have suggested to me one year ago that I would now be signing on almost every day and spending hours posting, responding to comments, visiting new blogs, and checking favorite sites, I would have told you to go take a nap, you're delirious.

Blogging is a fun, creative outlet for me. It also takes up a lot of my time and mental energy. Activities like scrapping, reading, and praying have decreased in direct proportion to the increase in my time on the computer. I feel the need to re-focus and re-prioritize. So I'll be missing in action for the next month and a half, as I prepare my heart for Easter and seek answers to life's burning questions. 

Did you hear that? A chorus of Meh!s and Whatever!s just rang throughout the blogosphere, as you all simultaneously shrugged your shoulders and poised your fingers over the delete button. My proud nature prevents me from begging, but I do hope you'll leave me on your reading list.

See you after Easter.



Dinner last night: big green salad with shrimp



14 comments:

Lana said...

Of course we'll still be here!!
46 days? Wow!! You can do it. no peeking now! ☺ ☺
See you when you get back.

Helene said...

I'll still be here!! I'm one of your loyal fans!!

Anonymous said...

I totally understand why you want to do this. See you when you get back!

twinmama said...

I admire you for making the decision to fast. Blogging is fun and I enjoy it, but the internet as a whole tends to be a time sucking black hole.

I am looking forward to catching up with you again soon!

The Shultzs said...

I totally can relate to what you said.
I may just follow you, but I'll still be here after Easter.
Have a blessed Easter.

Dianna said...

Go girl! I'll be anxiously awaiting your return! This will give me a chance to go back read some of your older posts.

God Bless, and have a wonderful Lenten season, and Happy Easter!!

glitzen said...

oh NO! I am one of your biggest fans...I bet! I will really miss you. How will we know when you come back?? How how how? Yes, I'm pouting.
I totally get it though. I will miss your comments on my blog, but I really see how you can get caught up in internet-life. I'm a bit addicted myself.
Do you have my email addy? Let me know if you need contact info, so you can tell us when the blog lives again.
Best wishes!

MoziEsmé said...

Wow! You are brave... Hope you have a blessed rest.

Helene said...

Hey Kim, just stopping by to say that I was thinking about you and hope you're doing well!

Scribbit said...

See you after Lent!

Dianna said...

You're almost there, girl! Plus, you are doing so much better than me on the Lenten goals.

Sigh!

See you after Easter!

NISHANT NISCHAL said...

Hello... Just found your lovely blog while surfing through profiles. I hope you are having a good without the internet. I wanted to ask this, what's behind '46' ?

Michele said...

I'm so proud of you, Kim! I hope it was an enriching experience!

Kim said...

Wow! Thanks for all the warm wishes, guys! The break was really easy for the first 2 weeks, and then it got hard. Especially the "not looking" part of it all . . . I didn't realize that I use blog-reading as a stress relief. It surprised me to discover that when I was feeling stressed out, I wanted to "escape" into my virtual world.

I am looking forward to the next couple of days as I visit each of your blogs and catch up on what's been happening in your lives over the last many weeks!