Last year I took a personal digital hiatus better known as Belshaw Black Ops. I got plenty of stuff done, really appreciating the time out of the constant digital attention stream.
This year I’m planning to do the same for the month of December. It’s slightly difficult given my role at JISC infoNet, but here’s what I’ll be doing (and not doing):
- Spending time with family.
- Not responding to email. If you email my personal email address you’ll get an auto-response. Other than work-related emails on my JISC accounts, the only other way to contact me is my mobile number. Ask for it if you need it.
- Avoiding social networks. Yes, even Twitter. And Google+, Facebook. The lot.
- Not blogging. Or moderating comments.
- Collating and curating. Change doesn’t come through one person having a good idea. Change comes through ideas being packaged in such a way that they become memes and alter the status quo. I’ll be going back through what I’ve written and created over the past year and thinking through how it connects with other stuff.
- Playing Battlefield 3. What an epic game!
- Migrating web hosts. I’m sick to death of Bluehost. They used to be great, but now they’re slow and unreliable.
- Researching ancient monuments. Visiting Ggantija Temples and Hagar Qim on Malta has rekindled my interest!
Depending on when I have to defend my thesis, I may also need to spend time making clarifications and changes to that. All in all, if you need to contact me, ask my advice, or invite me to speak somewhere, you’ve got four weeks before 2012 to do so… 🙂
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