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Come to the first Digital Wellbeing Retreat- “NOT a Digital Detox: How to feel better without logging off”

Join me at a weekend retreat by the sea this coming May!

I’m really pleased to have been invited to design and run “NOT a Digital Detox: How to feel better without logging off”,  a chance to reflect on our online lives and our place in nature. It takes place at the wonderful Othona Community in West Dorset, UK over the weekend of Fri 11 May – Sun 13 May 2018.  £140 for two nights full board. Bursaries available. See the website for full information.

I attended a retreat at Othona a couple of years ago and really enjoyed my stay there.  It’s friendly, secluded, and just a short walk from the sea.  It has a long tradition of being a contemplative space and is the perfect place to gather and think together about how to live with the digital today.  Find out more about Othona.

This retreat also, it seems, mirrors the current zeitgeist! Some time after we had completed our planning, the New York Times ran a piece about the West Coast Esalen Community taking a similar approach. I’ve visited Esalen several times and always loved it, but it did occasionally come over as  fairly anti-technology. However, it now has a new approach and is working directly with Silicon Valley to address the challenges of the digital life.  The winds are changing, friends!

Please note that you will not be asked to leave your kit at home because this isn’t a detox. It’s more like a balancing.

I’d be very grateful if you would share this announcement with your friends and colleagues to help spread the word.

Check out these photos of Othona and read on for the Catalogue entry.

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Start the New Year the right way – stop using the word ‘blog’ incorrectly!

Arg! Please pay attention! When you say ‘I wrote a blog today’ you are almost certainly using the term incorrectly. If you’re referring to having written all the content on a blogging website, that’s ok. But if you’re talking about writing a single post (entry) on a blogging website, you’re not using the word properly.

So please,  add this to your list of 2017 New Year’s Resolutions:

“In 2017 I will write a post, not a blog, on my blog.”

Post! The term is POST! Not blog! Aaarrgg!

This is why. The term ‘blog’ refers to a style of web design which allows authors to write smallish chunks of text with attachments if they wish, such as images, videos, audio etc,  and upload them to a website.  It comes from ‘weblog’, i.e. a log or list of entries placed online. That individual item is called a post  and the act of writing and uploading it is called posting. (Sometimes  the act is also called blogging, though that can also refer to the ongoing process of maintaining a blog e.g. “I have been blogging at www.suethomas.net since 2007″.

How did this misconception spread? My belief is that it was started in the early days by media outlets who didn’t really understand what blogs were. Even today you still often hear the BBC, for example, talk about an ‘online blog’, as if there were such a thing as an offline blog! Now we’re at the point where more people use the term wrongly than those who get it right.

So, okay, I admit that this is my petty grumpiness, and it’s probably already gone too far to stop it, but please can you just try to use it correctly so my blood pressure stops rising ?

Any of the following will do:

  • I wrote a blogpost
  • I posted
  • I wrote a post
  • I read a post
  • even ‘I blogged’ is ok
  • but NOT ‘I wrote a blog’ or ‘I read a blog’ (unless it was the whole blog). Please, please, stop it before I go insane!

And if you don’t believe me, check out the Wikipedia definition, which begins:

A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog)[1] is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual[citation needed], occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic. In the 2010s, “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and sometimes professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the news media. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

Remember, it’s never too late to change a bad habit :)

So, Happy New Year! And I hope you have enjoyed reading this POST!


8 Naturetastic Christmas Gifts For Kids

Will it snow this Christmas Day? Probably not, according to most forecasters. So why not join us at The Kids’ Nature Shop and plan a Green Christmas instead?

We dipped into our website and pulled out 8 perfect presents for kids who love nature.  There’s a range of ages and gifts are suitable for either indoors, outdoors or both. (But do hang onto that sled just in case…)

Check out our 8 Naturetastic Christmas Gifts For Kids!