Blog more, reddit less.

It’s been a while since I’ve written.

Work and learning have taken higher priorities over online activity. However, over the next month I intend to write short, little blog entries. I have three prompts so far and will try to develop a few more. The first week may be slow since my academic calendar is wrapping up.

I have a habit I need to change. It will be a tough undertaking; I enjoy the habit. The habit is reddit, dubbed “The Front Page of the Internet”. Reddit is an incredible site, featuring communities of virtually any interest. A few of the sub-reddits I frequent include r/dataisbeautiful, r/chicago, r/learnprogramming, r/math, r/news, and of course, r/aww for some puppy therapy. It’s a place where I’ve found information, inspiration, encouragement, and much humor.

This reddit habit must change because it has created unnecessary needs. I frequent the site and consume the click bait daily. The content (for the most part) contains things that do not impact my life directly. It’s great to be informed, but my need to be informed is impacting the work that I do. It impedes your path to the goals I am trying to achieve.

It’s not an impossible thing. I just finished a “no-reddit-November” in place of attempting to grow an obnoxious beard. I still catch myself often when typing in the URL of the site.

We know that we do not create new habits; instead, we replace old ones with new ones. And so I will continue to consume, but it will be a purposeful consumption. A plethora of blogs exist out there that have relevant content that I would be better for reading and applying to my life, relationships, and work. And this blog presents myriad opportunities for me to reflect, share, and actively think about what I come across.

There is so much to learn about my industry, programming, purposeful living, and developing mindfulness. And it shouldn’t take a backseat to a desire to have distractions from reality.

Hopefully I’ll be back sooner than later.