I survived the sharks, the sea turtles, the anemones, and even a major election in Grand Cayman.
But I also survived being (mostly) unconnected and blogless during my scuba vacation.
I did so at the strong encouragement of several of my friends who follow this blog on the Internet Evolution site.
And boy oh boy, did they have some strong feelings about my not blogging during my holiday!
Auntie NoNo observed that "This is VACATION. This is not WORK time. It is meant as a time for bodily and spiritual rejuventation. Commune with the rays, not the hum of a hard drive."
DHCIR piled on, suggesting two blog posts would lead to three, three to four, and so on, and that I should get away from the "addictive" blah-gging.
Being the crowdsourced kinda guy I am, I followed the advice of the crowd and focused most all my attention on vacation and didn't write a single blog post while on holiday (well, not a work-related one, anyhow).
But also in the spirit of crowdsourcing, SteveGNYC remarked on Internet Evolution overnight that he would "love to hear from you upon return," specifically (a) that you did not become snacks for sharks" (we're okay on that front, Steve, unless I were writing this from the stomach of Jaws!), "but more importantly, (b) how did you feel not checking in, tweeting, blogging, calling, texting, etc.
Well, first off, Steve, to be perfectly honest, I didn't completely cut myself off.
Electronic communications are so integrated into my life these days, even though I didn't spend much time focused on work, I still used the digital media throughout my vacation.
My room had a powerful wi-fi connection in Grand Cayman, and it became my daily ritual to post videos I shot on my morning dives of the fishes and turtles up to Facebook.
By mid-afternoon, I'd have a whole peanut gallery full of commentary on my Facebook wall from friends, colleagues, family members, etc.
That was a whole lot of fun -- it was like all my friends were on vacation with me, looking over my shoulder and adding their witticisms via the Facebook comments feature.
Mind you, I'm very much a knowledge worker, but posting a video on Facebook doesn't take an excessive amount of knowledge (in fact, it's probably one of the easiest things one can do on Facebook!), so I didn't feel as though posting videos was treading anywhere close to work territory. And I got a real kick out of hearing from my friends in near real-time.
But Steve, to get more to the point of your question, I also felt just fine about not blogging for the entire week.
Auntie NoNo was absolutely right, vacation is just that.
If I'd have been posting throughout the break, that meant I would have had to have tuned into the blogosphere information flow on all things IT and digital media, which meant I really hadn't cut the umbilical cord.
As the old adage goes, a vacation is what you take when you can't take what you've been taking any longer. It should be just long enough that your boss misses you, and not long enough for him/her to discover how well he/she can get along without you.
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