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Living Off the Grid…an (unintentional, short-term) experiment

1 Mar

I haven’t written a blog post in the last 10 days because 1) I moved so I was busy packing, schlepping, unpacking, organizing, living amongst boxes, etc., and 2) I don’t have internet set up yet in my new apartment. I haven’t been without internet in…well, since I first had AOL dial-up. I only turned on my computer to play iTunes. I didn’t hear about the earthquake in Chile until late on Saturday. I haven’t read the news, or been able to get any real work done. Needless to say, I feel disconnected. Behind. Out of the loop. What’s going on? Where am I? Help!

Granted, I have internet and email on my phone, so I haven’t exactly been out of touch. However, this short amount of time without true connectivity makes me realize how much I rely on my computer for, well, just about everything. While the functionality of my Droid phone is great for basic browsing and email, it doesn’t replace the ease of having a real keyboard, the ability to open multiple tabs, use Flash and read sites. Is this when I decide to invest in an iPad or some other large-scale wireless device?

Or in the bigger picture, what would it mean to truly experience life off the grid? It would be an interesting experiment to go offline for a period of time. Certainly it would feel anachronistic — I envision it like living in the wild west, with horses, cowboys and tumbleweeds — but what would being offline mean we miss out on? Or what, if anything, would we gain? Would we be able to enhance our face-to-face relationships or are we so reliant on the web to interact that people would forget about us? These are just theoretical questions, but interesting to consider when thinking about the notion of building communities. Clearly, we are all exploring social media platforms, networking applications, and best practices for implementing these tools. But it’s important not to discount offline marketing components such as meet ups or events. These are important to consider especially with peer review sites such as Yelp — having the opportunity to meet other reviewers face-to-face helps to increase their individual credibility, as well as the site’s ability to promote authenticity. In other words, online and offline communities can help to build and grow each other.

My internet is being installed in a couple days…so look forward to a deluge of blogging, networking, interacting, and updating in the weeks to come. I understand and appreciate the sense of freedom that comes from being temporarily disconnected, but it’s not my M.O. And I’m probably not going to buy an iPad…not a first generation, anyway.

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