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How Connected Is Your Life?

Well, the internet failed me again this weekend! I went away and had a great plan to read some books, spend some time on the beach and write some great content for LewisEmpire.com.

Stage 1 (reading some books). I blazed through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows then continued to read Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson and busted through another chapter of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. All together, a great weekend of relaxation.

Stage 2 (spend some time on the beach) was also very successful. The town was packed with tourists so I wanted to get as far away from them as possible. I jumped in the boat and went across the lake into a secluded bay and spent a great number of hours in the sun.

Stage 3 (write some great content) was a little less successful. On Friday night I managed to login to my account and get some articles written. As I mentioned in a previous posting, since updating to WordPress 2.2.1 I have been unable to use the Timestamped posting feature, so I wrote the postings and closed the laptop. That was the last time I was able to connect for the whole weekend! My laptop could not get access Saturday or Sunday night!

As you can imagine, I felt totally disconnected from the world and felt horrible for people reading my blog! Not only that, I think I learned how closely tied my life is to the internet and needing access to it. During this weekend I was unable to do the following daily (yet important tasks):

  1. Pay off some credit card balances
  2. Access my blog admin
  3. Check my personal/business email
  4. Figure out if and when my Monday Night Soccer Game was
  5. Submit my updated information for my mortgage renewal
  6. Register my team for the fall soccer league
  7. Find out where my Europe-trotting brother was today

In an increasingly accessible world how much do you rely on having internet access available to you? Even counting out the necessity of posting on my blog, keeping in contact with friends and family revolves around using email or social networking sites. All my banking, mortgage and credit card information is updated and transfered online. Although I love the accessibility of everything through the web AND doing business via email, I can see that I need to make some changes in order to be more organized and prepare for the eventuality of losing a connection from time to time.

Does this sound familiar? How strong is your love-hate relationship?