Pause

tl;dr — I’m taking a break from my online presence

Here’s why.

I registered my first domain name in February of 1999. (It was spinhead.com, the one I use for my web design company and my primary email.) I’d already been designing websites for 4 years prior, and working with computers since I first went to work with my Dad sometime in 1976 or so.

For the past 20 years I’ve spent more and more time online.

And less and less time in the real world.

I’m trading the deceptive ease of online relationships for the messy complications of infinitely more satisfying connections in real life.

More time out in nature.

More time playing music.

More time with Best Beloved and our Little One.

More time sharing meals with friends. And taking my cooking from good cook to creative chef.

More time writing and studying the craft of writing, novels and music.

More time out in it and less time in my head.

Some Things to Note

If you know me in real life, you know how to get in touch. Do so, or wait till you see me later in the week.

Otherwise contact Sue (Sue@Spinhead.com or 715.296.0347) and she’ll know what to do.

Here’s what this is not about:

  • Nothing is wrong. Honest.
  • This is not a reaction, it’s an action. A choice based on deep thinking, meditation, and conversation with those I trust most.
  • It’s not about you. You didn’t offend or hurt me. Not now, probably not ever.
  • I’ll still be writing. A lot.
  • I don’t know when, or if, I’ll resume my previous online shenanigans, meaning posting everywhere, emailing like a dervish, living in social media. But don’t hold your breath.

P.S. from Sue – I fully support Joel in this decision. As his Chief Social Media Officer however, you’ll note that I’ll be managing his social media accounts on his behalf. So if you see his tweets or posts on his Facebook Author page, that’s me behind the scenes. ;)

Why I’m Losing Weight (and Why I Never Could Before)

I’ve been overweight for 15 years or more. I know how I got this way, but I tried and tried and tried to change it and never did.

Weight loss is fairly simple: eat fewer calories than you burn. Or, conversely, burn more calories than you eat. Say it either way, weight loss is inevitable. (Talking about weight loss, not health. Health is obviously about more than counting calories.) It’s not rocket science (which, itself, ain’t so complex.) There’s an epic chasm between simple and easy. Weight loss is not easy.

Many things aren’t easy — especially if you lie to yourself about why you’re doing them.

Why would we lie to ourselves? Health is, literally, vital. Wouldn’t I be honest, at least with myself, about my reason for losing weight?

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