One of the problems I have when it comes to the world of blogging is choosing a theme. All the marketing classes, blog tips, advice sites, and even cool kids will tell you the most important thing you can do to get people interested in your blog is Choose A Theme.
I can do that to some extent. I have my somewhat abandoned home/crafty blog and my slowly becoming obsolete fitness/food blog. Those are both pretty focused. But what about THIS blog, what’s Sunshine & Vanilla all about?
I guess it’s all about me. Surprise! I wanted a space to dump all my random thoughts. Then, after my last entry, I decided it would be my blog about becoming a less WIRED, more UNPLUGGED, version of myself. It would be my Unplugged Blog, detailing the adventures of a girl trying to give up a little technology every day.
But then what about other things? What other things, you ask? Well, I’ve been tossing around the idea of trying and writing about some of the exercises found in a book I recently purchased called “This Book Will Change Your Life.” Originally I’d hoped to do all of them and blog about each exercise, however, looking through the book, I know I won’t do some and some I wouldn’t blog about *winks.* Then there’s that whole book and music obsession. Concert reviews? Book reviews? General rambling? Where do those go? And what of the introspective side? I’ve been revisiting my gratitude journals and listing things I am grateful for each day. So I thought I could blog five or ten of those things each day, but that doesn’t fit in with the unplugging or the life-changing book. I do list those things on my facebook most days, though, so I guess I’m alright there.
Maybe I should just call this the life blog. The anything and everything blog. Sunshine & Vanilla, Commas & Ampersands. It’s a little bit of everything all tossed into one. I’m throwing caution to the wind and blowing into the universe without a given theme.
Or maybe, just maybe, it’s all tied together and I’m just beginning to connect the dots.
In any event, in true rambling form, I have wandered away from the topic I originally came to discuss which is the idea of unplugging and how difficult it is proving to be. I am slowly coming up with a plan, but have been met with obstacles at every turn.
Mostly in my own mind. Which, let’s face it, is where most of our true obstacles lie.
Step 1: Rather than just up and cancel my phone immediately, I decided baby steps were key. I would delete the Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail apps from the phone. No more pavlovian reaction to the endless notifications of messages and comments and emails. The need to obsessively check these things would be gone. Extinguished. It would be tough, but I could do it!
Or so I thought. I was all set to do it until I realized and subsequently held a massive thirty second pout session with myself: That means I can’t upload cell phone photos anymore…. ……………….. Which severely impacted Step 2 (which was to decrease amount of FaceBooking I do, limiting it to one status update of gratitude and photos only from here on out.)
So now Steps 1 and 2 had a wrench firmly inserted.
Step 3: Cancel the cable when my “bundle pricing” runs out in September. No problem! I can totally do that, I’ve lived without cable before. I’m on it! Only I had to call the horrible cable company from the ninth circle of hell for something else two days ago and, as a consolation prize, they extended my bundle out for another year. Which means if I cancel my cable, the price of everything else goes up.
Thwarted, again! But not defeated!
Step 4 is in the works but requires a bit of fine tuning. I am no longer going to allow myself to utilize my laptop in my den (where the television is). Laptop must be used elsewhere in the house. No more laptopping while watching television/movies/whatever. I have to CHOOSE one electronic device or the other and focus only on that one. But this means I must first make my laptop more easily mobile by purchasing it a new battery so I needn’t always be tethered by the cord as I am at the moment. Step 4 can still be implemented, but not as awesomely as I’d hoped.
So I guess sometime between curling up with my kindle and wrapping up “That’s Alright, Mama,” finishing Alice: Madness Returns on the xbox, watching the 75 episodes of useless crap stored on my DVR, battling it out in a few games of Words with Friends, laughing through a couple games of Draw Something, and wasting 75% of my time on the internet learning more useless crap I never needed to know I’ll regroup. Revisit this idea of unplugging. Regoal, relist, revise.