I Think I Have An Addiction Issue
Well, that was unpleasant. No website for a week, and it taught me a lot. First, that we as a household have an addiction issue. If it wasn’t for our plethora of little screens it would look like we’ve been burgled – we own nothing, none of the junk they advertise on TV, just the bare minimum we need – and we need those screens.
They have become our default mode. We haven’t watched regular TV, the live-broadcast stuff with adverts in, for several years now. Everything is spotified, stored, streamed, hidden in the Cloud. I keep hard copies of music and some films because OSs change and things randomly vanish. My bookshelves are emptying as more and more volumes are transferred to my Kindles. I’m a Luddite’s worst nightmare, the not-quite-silver Silver Surfer who lives online, who’ll walk down the street staring at Google Maps rather than asking someone where to go.
My Christmas trip to France was spoiled because their broadband speed was slow. I love Eastern Europe because their internet connections are faster than the UK’s. The USA has some of the slowest broadband speeds on earth (although I imagine it’s not bad in Google HQ). This is because countries who came online later have faster speeds. In Britain we’re still using copper cable, for God’s sake.
Oh, you’re asleep, I’m sorry.
So a perfect storm brought down my site. The end of a ten-year domain licence, change of address, change of email, change of credit card, all meant that I couldn’t get hold of the licence holder. Was there an upside to the sudden blackout?
My God, yes. I got an extra two hours’ work a day done, at least. I felt more energised. But here’s the biggest thing; after four days I no longer cared that I was offline. Okay, not offline, without a site. I can’t actually imaging being totally offline, that would be like saying we went on holiday and there was nowhere to wash. And now I’m back and the yoke has been refastened around my neck, and I’ve made my choice between being happy and being free. And I’m happy.