ack!! I get on blogger and they changed it on me. I will get used to it but oy not what I wanted to deal with at the moment. I digress. So I have started a fast. not a food fast. I am doing an unnecessary Internet fast. Let me say the Internet is a good thing. It has been wonderful and made lives easier for information and communication. For me, however, in some areas, it has become a hindrance and a sinful behavior. (no I am not looking at "dirty things" to clear up that because most people associate sinful Internet behavior with porn) I would fast completely from the Internet but there are a few things I need the Internet for. So I will list what I am allowing myself to use and what I am not.
school: I need the Internet to turn in my assignments. this can not be avoided. The class makes me want to poke forks in my eyes however, it is all online so I can't avoid that.
Pinterest-Yes I need Pinterest. This is where i "pin" my recipes. For some reason my husband and children insist upon eating so I must resign to cook for them. I kid. Pinterest makes me actually enjoy cooking. there are also cool ideas for school for my children, things that I find amusing, and things that inspire me. This is not a problem or addiction for me so I don't feel convicted on not using it
Homeschool: I need to get on everyday to print off worksheets for various children for different subjects.
email: I will check my email, once a day. twice if I am waiting for a response to something important ( such as the president coming to town and possibly getting to hear him speak. that is not an opportunity you get everyday ya know) but twice is my limit. I also need it for coupons, communication with those that I don't talk to on the phone, and my crochet business. People place orders with me through that at Kennedy Createables ( yes that is a plug but whatever helps)
news and weather: GA weather has a bit of a bipolar disorder. It can't at the moment decided if it will be hot, warm, mild, or freezing. I need to make sure I dress appropriately for running and my baby for going outside. I scan headlines and read what is going on in the world.
Blogs: I will read blogs I am subscribed to. They encourage me. I need to be encouraged. :)
what is not allowed:
Facebook: this has become quite the issue with me. I am constantly on it., constantly seeing what is going on with people. constantly looking at pages to see stupid arguments. constantly looking to see peoples responses to comments I have made, being a stalker on peoples pages to see what is happening with them when I really should not be so nosy. So I got very convicted and decided enough was enough and will not be on it for 30 days. there is one exception. I will post pictures to website mentioned above for items available for sale. there is no perusing. post a picture and done. There is a disclaimer for people to order to email me directly right on there.
mindless searching: this means entertainment stories, YouTube, games, etc etc etc. If there is no purpose I will not do it
So that is the rules for the next 29 days. This started yesterday. Tomorrow I will blog on what I will be doing to fill the space that I used for "mindless Internet". Also if you are reading this from Facebook and wondering how you are able to read it if I am not on it. There is a nifty little share button and I don't even need to "get on" to post. It is a neat thing. same thing with Pinterest :)