But do you have to do it so…noisily? I mean, there are plenty of people who never use the internet at all. My coworker Frank - he with the cell phone that doesn’t even have text messaging on it - does not use the internet at all. There are people without computers or smartphones or tablets that get by every day without ever accessing the internet. Imagine! People without blogs! Without twitter! Without a space in which to shout to the world that they are not using the internet!
What I really love about this, Paul, is how you are using the internet to tell everyone you are leaving the internet, and how your handwritten diaries of how you are existing without the internet will be posted…on the internet! It’s so clever how you are using the very medium you are “abandoning” to further your career in that medium! Imagine the page views those diaries will create! Imagine how many more readers you have just gained with this publicity stunt - yes, I said stunt - who will now click on to your tech site just to read the digital version of your pen and ink diary of your life without the internet which is being sustained by being paid to write stuff which will appear on the internet.
This is so interesting! So riveting! LOOK, PAUL IS READING A NEWSPAPER. OMG PAUL IS READING A HARDCOVER BOOK. HOLY CRAP PAUL JUST GOT HIS DAILY DOSE OF NEWS FROM A TELEVISION SET. AND THEN HE BOUGHT STUFF FROM A REAL STORE INSTEAD OF SHOPPING ONLINE. Holy crap, this is amazing.
Oh wait, no it’s not. It’s not amazing at all. It’s not even interesting. It’s not even newsworthy. So yea, you’re giving up the thing that a lot of us are more or less addicted to in some form, the thing most of us have learned how to intertwine with our lives instead of taking over our lives. Perhaps you feel as if your dependency on the internet is causing you to lack other things in your life and your time away will allow you to fill that void in your soul. People do shit like that every day, Paul. They give up drinking and gambling and heroin. They give up eating sugar and watching porn. They quit their jobs. They leave their husbands. They give away their worldly possessions and backpack across Europe. They don’t make multi media presentations about it. They don’t expect the world to play along with them. They just put on their big boy pants and do what needs to be done to get their lives in order.
Of course, those people aren’t tech bloggers who are looking for that big hook, that thing that will get them on the Today show, get them a book deal and make them famous. Because you know those things are coming, Paul. Come on. We’re not stupid.
Anway, enjoy your time away from the internet. I hope it all works out for you. Oh, that’s right, I’ll know all about it. Because it will be posted on the internet.