This is my first legitimate post for The Sunday Salon since I used to post something every Monday. Allow me to say something about it.
I didn’t have an Internet connection at the old place that I lived in. I didn’t think that there was a need to have one installed because our office does not have strict Internet policies. I am allowed to surf any website, as long as it is not pornographic and as long as it does not eat a lot of bandwidth. This allows me to blog using my office computer, which I do at the office first thing in the morning.
Recently, I moved to a new place with a new set of housemates. They found it necessary to be connected online 24/7, and since they couldn’t be made to think otherwise, I agreed to share for the Internet expenses. It’s actually the first thing that we had installed in our new house (aside from fixtures such as extra locks, curtain rods, et al). And now, here I am, whiling away the Sunday afternoon, typing this post.
This is very convenient. If we get hungry at the middle of the night, we go online and check out restaurants that are open late and that offer delivery. We get to do our work remotely, particularly if the weather is harshly uncooperative. We get to surf whatever sites, allowing us to ward off boredom. There’s a lot more that one can do, and I’m pretty sure that you have your own set of benefits from having a strong Internet connection at home, so what’s my problem with it?
It’s a major distraction in my reading. I always find myself staring at the monitor for hours, hours which could have been spent better lying down and reading a book than waiting for the latest posts from blogs that I follow or reading tweets from my friends. Those hours could have been more fruitful had I started catching up on my huge backlog of book write-ups.
So you see, the Internet has counterproductive effects on me as far as reading and book blogging are concerned. So here are what I resolve to do:
- Check my social networks twice: first thing when I get connected from home and last thing before shutting down.
- Catch up on my backlog; one book write-up is enough on weekdays. Posts such as this do not count.
- Finish those books on my hypothetical bedside table, which can be done if I spend less time online.
And that reminds me, I have to shut this down after posting this. Wait, I’ll take one last look at my Reader and social networks, then I can settle down to read. And what are these books?
- Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal – our book club’s pick for the month. I am eight chapters behind, so I need to catch up. For non-Filipinos out there, this is the Philippines’s greatest novel penned by our national hero. And oh, we are also celebrating the National Language Month (that’s a loose translation).
- Stoner by John Williams – lent to me by Aldrin. We’ll be meeting again next week for the 2nd Filipino Reader Conference, so I have to finish this.
- The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass – my Nobel pick for the month, which also won the polls at the Goodreads Nobel group. Since I nominated the book, I am deeply obliged to read it along with the members.
I also have a little problem with reading books concurrently, but I think that deserves a separate post. This looks like a challenging week, and I can’t wait to get started. Now I’m really motivated.