The final link is here [thanks Valerie].
Actually, my computer is still in the repair shop, so I've been offline at home for over two weeks now. Have I accomplished more? Have I read any more books? I don't think so. I did try to tidy my desk and Olle's bedroom, though I finished neither task. I've probably watched more television than I usually do (I tend to go online at night while co-parent watches tv. She often complains about this, but says that she hasn't noticed any difference recently!) And we've been very busy socially on both of the past two weekends, so I wouldn't have had time to use the computer at home even if it were there.
On some level I've enjoyed not having a computer at home. When I first connected to the Internet, in 1996, with a dial-up connection, I would go online once a day, for an hour at most. I belonged to a couple of email discussion lists. I'd download my emails, surf around a bit, then close the connection. I'd write my considered replies to emails offline, then send them the next day. How quaint that seems now!
It wasn't long before the time spent online escalated. I started working in online media. I joined more email lists. I made more e-friendships, which had to be maintained with more emails. More of my real life friends came online, newspapers came online (there was so much less to read on the WWW back when I first discovered it, although it was already enormous) and so on. I started blogging, relatively late in the day. I got wireless broadband at home. The connection can be literally constant, limitless.
And that's a problem, in a way. It's hard to put my own limits around this thing. Hard to make it a task which has a beginning, middle and end each day.
Severeal weeks ago [no time to go and find the exact link], Jeanne d'Arc mentioned that her daily routine is to get up at 5am, read the papers online and write her blog posts for the day, before her child gets up. The implication was that she only blogs early in the morning and spends the rest of her days and nights busy with 'real life'. That got my attention. I think I need to routinise my home computer use too. Though if I were to get going early (6.30's about the earliest I'd stretch to), it would be for the purpose of taking the dog for a walk (no more running, alas, due to still-swollen knee...). After that comes making lunches for work and school, supervising homework and reading while eating breakfast, walking to school and work ... in other words, early morning blogging is not an option. Which leaves late-night blogging, which is generally when I do it, though I've also developed the tendency of checking email two or three times a day. That, at least, has to stop.
Later: I just discovered that Jeanne posted on this very subject this week.