As those who know me are all too well aware, I harbor a number of variously morbid notions about work, the worst one being that I feel obliged to do it all the time. A blog is a dangerously efficient way to feed these notions, which is why I finally came to my senses and decided to stop posting on weekends. That, however, was only a start. On Wednesday night, I began Phase Two of my personal program of blog-related mental hygeine: I shut off my computer at 10:45 and didn’t turn it on again until Thursday morning. I’ve learned from experience that when I come home from a performance and go straight to my iBook, I invariably end up blogging, surfing, and e-mailing until two or three in the morning, a habit incompatible with long life. So I went cold turkey on Wednesday, and I’m doing the same thing today. The postings you’re reading now were written late Thursday afternoon and stored for publication on Friday. From now on, this computer is going to sleep no later than eleven o’clock each night, followed by its owner.
Needless to say, this may mean…oh, hell, I don’t have to explain myself, right? Repeat after me: The computer is my enemy. That’s my new mantra. Most likely I’ll post something or other every weekday, but it may not be waiting for you first thing in the morning. Instead, I’m going to blog when I blog, and you’ll read it when you read it, and we’ll both be happier. Cool?