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May 02, 2005
Tyranny of the laptop
Is the person who posted this picture (on Flickr) enjoying breakfast in San Diego? Or is that laptop linking him to work? A thought that comes to mind after my first weekend blogging. In one sense, it brings lots of freedom. But if you ask my family about it, I had this laptop out on the dining room table and was doing something for much of the weekend that looked a lot like work.
As blogging spreads into mainstream work, many of us are going to have to work hard to set limits and protect our free time.
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Blogging and/or working on the weekend is a pretty regular thing these days. That's a pretty amazing looking waffle by the way. I can see why they wanted to take a picture of it.
Posted by: Greg at May 2, 2005 09:11 AM
Stephen :: As someone who employs himself, I'm used to working all hours anyway. The laptop certainly facilitates that. Blogging is just another thing to do in a long trail (tail?) of other things to do.
If employees find themselves blogging for the comany in their own time, they should look at their contracts again.
Posted by: John Evans at May 2, 2005 09:50 AM
Nah. You're problem is that blogging is part of your job. My main challenge is not wasting too much time at work on my blog.
However, I do not dispute the addictive quality of the blog -- especially ones with good readerships and quick feedback. It's like being one of the rats in the experiments. Doing a certain action (posting something interesting) gets you a reward (people commenting). You have to control yourself not to be pressing that little button all the time. Or at least, I do.
Posted by: Oriana at May 2, 2005 10:31 AM
You might want to check into the book: Turn it Off -- http://www.turnitoff.com. And Turn off the PC Week is coming up soon -- http://www.pcturnoff.org.
Posted by: Ken Leebow at May 2, 2005 02:32 PM
Someone with a laptop isn't necessarily "working" (at a paying job). I've had a blog on community planning issues for over a year now, that has nothing to do with my "real" job. It's a hobby. I also sometimes travel with my laptop specifically so I can download and save vacation digital photos (one card glitch, and there go all my precious images), without necessarily doing "work."
That said, though, it's still a wise thing to set aside blocks of time when you're not "connected," whether you're online for business OR pleasure. It's important to make time to *experience* your life as well as report on it (or read reports about other people's experiences), no matter how much you enjoy tech toys.
Posted by: Sharon Gartenberg at May 2, 2005 03:40 PM
These comments make me think of the commercial that have morticians thanking the working public for working themselves to death...
Go out and do some interesting non-work, non-blog related activities. Otherwise, there won't be anything to blog about!
Posted by: Beau at May 2, 2005 04:30 PM