Offline Until March 31 – But Content Will Continue

My 2-week-long Internet vacation has begun. You can find most of the details here, but here is a brief recap of what my Internet vacation means for you:

  • Very little: I have one new post scheduled for every day of my vacation so folks who come here looking for something to read should find it.
  • The posts cover the usual gamut: technology, writing, science fiction, etc.
  • I am very pleased to have my friend, and fellow Analog writer, Juliette Wade guest posts during my vacation. She’s written a really terrific post. Those who want to see it will want to be sure to check back here on Monday, March 25.
  • My weekly Going Paperless posts will continue on their regular schedule during the two Tuesdays that I am on my vacation.

Here are few things that will be a little different while I am away from the Internet:

  • I won’t be checking my email with any regularity. Certain freelancing commitments requirement to check it periodically, but I’ve implemented a filter that moves all but specially identified messages into a holding folder. So even when I do check, I’ll only see messages that make it through that filter.
  • You may see email messages from me. In nearly every case, they have been pre-scheduled using Boomerang. When these messages go out, I’ve tried to indicate this in the signature.
  • I won’t be actively tweeting or updating Facebook. Any tweets or Facebook updates you see from me over the next two weeks are either automated (as when a scheduled blog post goes online) or are pre-scheduled using Buffer.
  • I won’t be replying to blog comments during my vacation. I will reply to them when I return from my vacation. I have adjusted the comment workflow so that anything that seems to be a legitimate comment will be automatically approved.

I won’t be 100% offline. I might go online to do research for a story, or to make a purchase, or something like that. But it will be only for short, specified tasks and certainly not any social media-related stuff.

What will I be doing? Writing, reading, hanging out with the family, working the day job, taking a mental break and otherwise going about my usual business. In the meantime, you should have plenty to keep you busy here.

I’ll see you on March 31, with a full report of how my Internet vacation went. Until then, have fun!

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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