Monday Monthly Mission #18

February 28th, 2011 - filed under: Furthermore » Monday Monthly Mission

Winter in Portland. Image by Kristal Passy.

On the first Monday of every month, we take on a ‘mission’ – a shift or habit or inspiration – to work on together. There’s strength (and support) in numbers! On the last Thursday of the month, we reconvene to see how far we’ve come.


Please don’t hate me.

A Year ago (in 3 days) my son was born (Happy Birthday Waits!!!). I popped in here to introduce him, and then I pretty much disappeared for the rest of March. I needed that time – as a new mama, as a broken body, as I was falling so deeply in love – I needed that time to myself. And I came back from my hiatus refreshed and stronger than ever.

Can you see where this is going?

I need to take a break. I need 30 days completely away from the Internet. Here’s why:

  • I form my thoughts in 140-character blocks. MY OWN PERSONAL THOUGHTS. Seriously.
  • I am midway through birthing a new baby, and I need to give it the attention that it needs right now.
  • I am hopelessly addicted to the Internet. I surf it when I should be working. I surf it when there’s nothing worth surfing. I surf it when I should be playing with my kid.
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Every time I take a break from Bonzai, it breaks my heart and terrifies me. I’m scared that all my traffic will dry up. I’m afraid that all my readers will leave me. I worry about letting people down. BUT. Every time I take a break, I come back so inspired. I’m always beter for it, and Bonzai is better for it, too.

These are just a few of the many reasons for this particular March Mission. I’m both sick with anxiety and soaring with anticipation. What will this month be like without my computer??!

Will I read the mountain of books that taunts me from atop the dresser? Will I pound out essay after essay for my freelance work? Will I become a better mother? A better wife?

Will I be bored?

I’m allowing myself email, twice a day. Otherwise the computer stays closed. Now, I know that this isn’t feasible for everyone – maybe anyone – else. But, you can easily modify this mission into something that challenges your own relationship with media. Maybe you quit Facebook for a month? Or log out of your Google reader? Maybe you could cut your web surfing down to 1/2 an hour a day. Maybe you should only check Twitter once per hour. It’s all up to you and suited to your own comfort level. But I hear it over and over, from readers here on Bonzai to friends in person – it seems like everybody is unhappy with the time they spend online.

So let’s do something about it.

Starting tomorrow. 30 days. I’ll miss you so much!

So what do you think? Do you accept this mission? And how do you plan to make it work uniquely for you?

  • RK

    Has it been 30 days yet!? I miss your posts! And that about sums up how my MMM #18 is going.

  • Moira

    Yea I’ll admit it. I couldn’t resist the temptation of my usual e-distractions while working on the computer all day. I suppose I needed my regular BA community to keep me in check ;)

  • erosan

    @meghan: I don’t think I would’ve noticed it were it not for your comment. Totally unobtrusive! nice!

  • saundra

    so this month i have done horrible on my mission lol but i didn’t get on at all yesterday except fb once. but i was gone all day that day too so that may have something to do with it lol

  • Kathryn

    I ran across your site last week so I have not noticed your 30 days away. But I do have to say that I’m really enjoying the information that you provide and can’t wait for your return! I hope that you have enjoyed the past 30 days!

  • http://none Michelle

    It’s March 29th. Come back now please. kthanksbye

  • TeniseRae

    Three more days….just three more days. LOL. Can you tell that I didn’t really take on this monthly mission? Bah. I love the interwebs (and you) TOO much. *sigh. Hehehe.

  • SJ Smith

    Haha, obviously you are love my friend! I keep checking, hope you are back up, even tho I know it won’t be till the 1st!

  • Kim

    Hope everything is okay!

  • Melissa L.

    Cue drum roll…..Start the count down clocks..T-minus…

    Sayward, no pressure, just wanted you to know that you are missed and I hope that you will feel the freedom to blog as life allows when your hiatus is over. And I hope that you are having an amazing time and that life is divine.

  • RawJoy

    One More Day!

    I don’t comment much, but I do read everything you write. Just wanted you to kno.

  • TeniseRae

    I hope there’s not an April Fools Day joke planned for this first post back. And it’s Friday too… Friday Feedback Forum and then another weekend break. AAAAHHHHHHhhhhhhh……..

  • HeatherG

    TAPS FOOT…It’s April 1st….Sayward, come out and plaaayyyy. WE MISSED YOU!!!

  • hitomi

    Hey again, I have been absent for a long long time now! :) So , I really like this challenge! I have been without the Internet for a couple of months before now, my computer was broken, and it wasn’t really that bad. Now, I feel I am spending too much time online and I have to reduce it. I wrote about it on my blog. I have made a list of objective that I wanted to achieve this year, and I don’t think I can achieve any of I don’t cut down my internet hours!