Longtime Blogger Ignores the News

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Longtime Blogger Ignores the News

by baldilocks

Red Pill – sort of

Since mak­ing a pub­lic New Year’s Res­o­lu­tion to min­i­mize my time on Face­book and Twit­ter in order to fin­ish my sec­ond novel, Arlen’s Harem, by Feb­ru­ary 1st, I’ve had min­i­mize my time online in general.

The result is that I don’t really know what’s going on in the news right now, and it feels kind of good – I’m old enough to recall when the news cycle was a cou­ple of weeks, rather than a cou­ple of minutes.

Gen­er­ally, I take two days off per week from the Inter­net Race-​to-​Comment, any­way, and when I come back, I have to spend an hour or two get­ting back in the loop. Three days of sep­a­ra­tion from the news-​cycle fix nearly puts a news junkie in Low Infor­ma­tion Voter (LIV) ter­ri­tory. But now, I don’t won­der why LIVs often seem calmer and hap­pier: they don’t know that the sky is falling and, some­times, it bet­ter not to know. Igno­rance, bliss, you know.

The com­men­tary race often gets blog­gers in trou­ble any­way — if one is the slight­est bit con­cerned about accu­racy and about being orig­i­nal. That last con­cern is why I don’t com­ment on some top­ics and events — I have noth­ing new to say about them.

Stay­ing away from shorter com­mu­ni­ca­tions also has a pos­i­tive effect on my abil­ity to build a nar­ra­tive. When I com­posed the bulk of Tale of the Tigers, I spent much of my non-​typing work on it spin­ning yarns in my mind and con­nect­ing them to other parts of the novel. A handy, pre-​smartphone tool was an mp3 player in which I could speak my story ideas with­out writ­ing them down or hav­ing to remem­ber them. (I made the griev­ous mis­take of think­ing through a story with­out out writ­ing it down or record­ing it once…and only once.)

I’ve been semi-​newsfree since about the 31st. Obvi­ously, I’m going to have to watch the news a bit in order to post here and at my own blog. But, it feels good to know that I can still spit out 300 or 30K words with­out being fed by the Matrix.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on Feb­ru­ary 1, 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

baldilocks

by baldilocks

Red Pill–sort of

Since making a public New Year’s Resolution to minimize my time on Facebook and Twitter in order to finish my second novel, Arlen’s Harem, by February 1st, I’ve had minimize my time online in general.

The result is that I don’t really know what’s going on in the news right now, and it feels kind of good–I’m old enough to recall when the news cycle was a couple of weeks, rather than a couple of minutes.

Generally, I take two days off per week from the Internet Race-to-Comment, anyway, and when I come back, I have to spend an hour or two getting back in the loop. Three days of separation from the news-cycle fix nearly puts a news junkie in Low Information Voter (LIV) territory. But now, I don’t wonder why LIVs often seem calmer and happier: they don’t know that the sky is falling and, sometimes, it better not to know. Ignorance, bliss, you know.

The commentary race often gets bloggers in trouble anyway—if one is the slightest bit concerned about accuracy and about being original. That last concern is why I don’t comment on some topics and events—I have nothing new to say about them.

Staying away from shorter communications also has a positive effect on my ability to build a narrative. When I composed the bulk of Tale of the Tigers, I spent much of my non-typing work on it spinning yarns in my mind and connecting them to other parts of the novel. A handy, pre-smartphone tool was an mp3 player in which I could speak my story ideas without writing them down or having to remember them. (I made the grievous mistake of thinking through a story without out writing it down or recording it once…and only once.)

I’ve been semi-newsfree since about the 31st. Obviously, I’m going to have to watch the news a bit in order to post here and at my own blog. But, it feels good to know that I can still spit out 300 or 30K words without being fed by the Matrix.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on February 1, 2017! Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

baldilocks