I’m not sure when it was exactly that I stopped reading blogs. It might have been around the time that I was feeling really overwhelmed by my final semester of grad school, but maybe it was earlier. Maybe that thing that so many articles talk about (attention spans decreasing with the constant use of digital technology) has happened to me. Certainly it must have happened around the same time that the gaps between my own posts got longer and longer.
Last week I realized that I have a stack of 6 or 7 books that I am currently reading. I never did this before. Before a few months ago, I almost never had more than one book going at a time. I wonder if I am allowing myself to be too easily distracted. The allure of seeing what other news articles have shown up in my news app before I finish reading this long New York Times or The Atlantic piece can prove too great sometimes.
While I stopped reading blogs, I kept using Pinterest and Instagram. It’s so much more simple to digest a photo and maybe give a click of appreciation than to read to the end of a story, antidote or article. I want to adjust how much of my time I spend looking for the next thing and try to focus on finishing what I begin. We’ll see how it goes!