At first I thought it was mainly Internet/social networking fatigue (and no doubt I am suffering from a bit of that), but my time and interest in all things blog/Facebook/Twitter has seriously dwindled of late.
Three main causes:
1) Work -- 'nuff said I reckon...
2) The kids - Jamie is doing some amazing things with his artwork and bilingualism, holding me enthralled, and little Hannah -- not far out from her second birthday -- has veritably exploded into talk. There's nothing on the Internet or anywhere else in any multiverse that can drag me away from those two at the moment!
3) My new Sony eReader Touch Edition (pictured above -- I have the leather cover and light, but I think my version is a slightly different edition -- it's silver and only has one plug in at the bottom).
The eReader has transformed me. It's simply amazing. I got it last month for my birthday from my dear wife, and it has sort of already paid for itself. By that I mean, by getting access to a lot of books at anywhere from half to a third of the price of regular paperback versions, the money saved has already eclipsed the cost of the actual device.
And the access to so many more books than I'll ever find in any physical bookshop... delightful!
The display is super-friendly on the eyes, the touch technology wonderful for turning pages with a minimum of effort. And the built in light makes it perfect for reading at night without disturbing whichever family member I happen to be bunked down with at any given moment. It's also got superb battery life (so far I've only needed to recharge it about once a week, and that's a simple matter of plugging it into my computer's USB port).
After reading stories to the kids, I used to get really active on the Internet.
Now, more often than not, I read myself to sleep!
It has certainly transformed and enlivened my reading habits, that's for sure.
Now I'm looking into the skill sets I need to work documents into eReader friendly (with reflow) texts. The capacity to self-publish and distribute with eBooks looks both astoundingly simple and genuinely exciting.
So if you don't see me about much these days, blame it on Sony and eBooks!