I loved Elder Ballard’s talk on Sunday afternoon. Indeed it was the cherry on top of an already amazing conference weekend. I found myself tearful and grateful, turning to my husband to see his reaction, turning to my kids with a half-holler: “are you guys listening to this?!”
I was feeling very virtuous and appreciated till he got to one part. You know the part: that itsy bitsy mention of the Internet. He said, “Don’t allow yourself to be caught up in the time-wasting, mind-numbing things like”¦ surfing the Internet.”
Hm. How do intelligent, internet-saavy readers of blogs and Segullah reconcile this statement? I do think that Segullah is the opposite of mind-numbing—in fact, I love the things I’m forced to consider and question as I read so many lovely, thought-provoking things. But sometimes”¦ I find that I have stumbled unwittingly onto a blog who’s author and family I don’t even know. And sometimes”¦ I find myself reading about these strangers for embarrassingly large amounts of time.
It’s true I’ve made my kids play outside while I have computer time; right now they’re watching cartoons so that I can write this. What is the balance of this? I feel I’m doing a service by “scrapbooking” our life and “filling my well” with writing, but how much is too much?
How do we reconcile our blogs and our life?