What I did immediately after the National Day of Unplugging

The past 24 hours, I observed the National Day of Unplugging.

This is not a report on what I learned during that experience. I will be working on that report, which will probably be spread out over multiple posts.

This is a report of what I did, “plugged in”, right after the event ended.

What I immediately did after finishing the National Day of Unplugging

Emails I missed


OK, so it took about 15 minutes to catch up on browsing Facebook. That’s actually longer than I expected. Typically I check Facebook once or twice a day, and I’ve imagined that I don’t spend more than 5 minutes a day on Facebook, but apparently I’m wrong. Interesting.

I believe I should spend less time on Facebook, because in reality, most of what I see there is not really necessary for me to see; it’s just idle people-watching for me, and the value of that is unclear to me.


I’ll be honest: I spend very little time on Google+. It’s just not where most people I know (as in “non-geeks”) are.

RSS feeds

Lots of articles to sort through. For fun, as I go through them to save those I cannot just skim in 15 seconds, but want to read in depth later, I am listing the topics of the saved ones here:

Saturday is a slow day. On a weekday I typically find more new stuff to read.


Finally, I hit Twitter, to scroll down and see what I missed. I get tremendous value from Twitter, actually, that I cannot get from other sources. Perhaps that is the subject for a future blog post.

My new smartphone

I still need to get going on setting up and really using my new smartphone. This task may need to wait until Monday or Tuesday, since I have a lot of stuff I need to get done tonight and tomorrow.


I’ve talked about the first things I’ve done after getting back online. I’ll continue monitoring my online activities as they happen. One thing “unplugging” has done for me is give me (at least temporarily) a more conscious than usual awareness of what I do online. This will be a step toward streamlining my online activities.

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