Back to blogging

I’d been blogging like a fiend for about six weeks, then suddenly nothing, until this post. I didn’t realized how much my blogging depended on my smartphone until my smartphone began to die, a few weeks back. At first I thought it was the battery, because the power would drain fast and take a long time to charge. So, new battery. When that didn’t work I ended up getting a new phone, well, new for me. I picked up a refurbished version of the phone I have been using for a few years, the ole Samsung Note 3.

The Samsung Note 3 was the phone that everyone started calling a “phablet” a few years back. (Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? It’s both!) Big phones are the norm now, but a few years back the Note 3 looked and felt like way too much, so people would send them back, and because there were so many models sent back, I picked up a refurbished model of the Note 3, for cheap.

Now that I’ve been reconnected to the virtual world, I can blog again, but without the smartphone, it just doesn’t happen. Blogging just becomes another writing exercise where I stare at the blank page and blink and find myself thinking of a half-dozen things that I’d rather be doing.

For me, regular blogging seems dependent on the smartphone, beginning with saving ideas for posts. I use the phablet to jot down ideas when I’m out and about, then when I sit down at a respectable keyboard, I only have to polish them up for the blog. I usually have as many as a dozen thoughts in the que that I can use for blogging, so that when I actually get to a proper keyboard to peck them out, it usually goes pretty fast.

Generating the ideas is a big part of it, but equally as important is that these days I use my phone as a hotspot for most of my Internetting. So, no phone, no internet. No internet, no blogging. Using my data as a hotspot has worked well in this part of Alaska where Internet isn’t so easy to come by. Most other forms of connectivity or wireless phones are pretty sketchy, but Verizon is remarkably reliable, the best for Internetting in this area. So, I do my part to keep feeding the corporate beast, but it keeps me blogging.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

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