Penny Is Taking An Extended Technology Hiatus. (Get Ready For Bigger Doses Of Rich!)

Dear Rich,

I mentioned in my latest Happiness Report that I’ve been getting a bit fed up with technology lately. I’ve had to be on call for this birth I’m going to photograph, and it I don’t like it one bit (the being on call part, not the photographing a birth part). I’m not the type of person who carries my phone with me everywhere I go. Mainly, I just leave it at home and use it as a landline. We would get a landline altogether if it wasn’t for the fact that this Republic Wireless cell phone plan (only $12.50/month)  that we have is less expensive than any landline phone plan we can find…

But now I have to have it with me everywhere I go. I have to check it constantly just in case I missed something. Plus, since it’s a smartphone, I find that I get to checking other things constantly, like my email and facebook, that I really don’t need to. So, anyway, yeah… I’m getting tired of it. Spending this much time with technology has got me wanting a bit of a break from it.

So, without further ado, after I’m done photographing this birth, I’m going to take a bit of a break from technology for the rest of the summer. What will this mean for www.pennyandrich.com, you may ask? We can’t just make it into www.richandrich.com, can we? Well, no, of course not. That would defeat the original purpose and intent of this blog. So, for the remainder of this summer, I will strike a bit of a balance with technology. I will check my email once a week (you know, in case anything important comes up), and I will write both my Money and Happiness Reports for the month. See, you won’t actually miss me that much.

What I will be taking a break from is watching programs, checking Facebook, reading online articles, and other various technology related stuff.

My husband and I raise our kids to have very little media use. I have a 14, 11, 7, and 1 year old. None of them have their own devices. (For an example of how I feel about cell phone use, listen to what a wise philosopher by the name of Louis CK has to say about it.) I want to set an example for my kids and curb my technology use a bit more. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t really use it that much to begin with, but now, I am feeling called to step away from it even more. I don’t know what it is, but the more I live, the more I feel like pulling away from it all.

This comes after a time where I had thought of marketing some previous endeavors a bit more, and of marketing this blog on pinterest and facebook a bit more, and doing other time-consuming technology related stuff. Turns out, this online marketing stuff is a lot of (easy, yet time-sucking) work, and I don’t really enjoy doing any of it, so I’m going to forget about it.

That being said, a couple of months ago, I submitted an article for a guest post to be published on the very successful Making Sense of Cents blog. It is finally going to be posted on July 14. So, I will be online all day to answer comments on that blog post because, as she said, “Guests posts on my site tend to go viral,” so I want to be ready for that. Please help me answer the comments because, although I’m excited about the response, I’m a little afraid of what they’re going to do to me. You know my situation. Some people could have a lot of negative things to say about it. (This goes to other people reading this blog too. Please help!)

Okay, I guess that’s it. Wish me luck. I’ll keep you updated in my Happiness Reports.

Bye,

Penny

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