(Photo courtesy of Dane Shitagi, The Ballerina Project.)
So, as I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm finding it really difficult to refrain from posting anything at all political, as promised in my New Year's Resolution. Maybe this says something about me, maybe it says something about the world I live in. I write about my garden and it's political. I write about air travel and it's political. I write about my daughter's genetic condition and it's political. I write about overthrowing the state through crypto-currency and it's political. There's no winning. So I'm revising my resolution a little, so I don't have to completely gag myself.
First though, I want to give myself a big pat on the back for mostly sticking to my resolution. I have a) stopped reading the news; b) stopped surfing the Internet (except a little on weekends); c) only gone on social networks on the weekend; d) refrained from commenting on political posts; and e) refrained from getting into political debates. This last one in particular I think should garner me some extra special recognition. I was thinking a parade. And it's all made a huge difference in my Getting Things Done.
So the one revision I'm going to make is this: I DO get to post - on my blog - things that are political in nature, as long as they are somehow related to the projects I am working on or researching (many of which are political - I'm casting myself a very wide net here.) I will also add that I can surf the Internet on weenends, since that kind of goes along with being on social networks. However I will still not be writing "political" articles (with the possible exception of the two I mentioned back in January that I had already started), and I will stick to the rest of my resolutions:
1) To not read the news;
2) To not surf the Internet (except on weekends);
3) To only be on social networks on the weekend;
4) To not comment on political posts or get into any political debates;
5) To not share political posts (except my own blog posts, as described above);
6) To not write "political" articles (with the exception of those mentioned above).
And for anyone who's keeping tabs on me: If you see posts from me on FaceBook or Twitter, etc. during the week, it's because anything I post on my blog automatically gets posted to Twitter and FB. I don't even have to be logged on. I did log on to FB this morning, in order to retrieve the photo above, and I'll allow myself little log-ons like that for a specific purpose as long as I don't read anything or post anything. ...just for those of you keeping tabs.
The picture, by the way, is from one of my favorite photographers: Dane Shitagi. I have several prints from his Ballerina Project, which you can also see here and on Facebook and Twitter. If you love ballet or New York City - or better yet, if you love both - then I really recommend checking him out.
Anyway, thanks for listening, and (some of you) for being my own personal AA of the InterWebs.