Inspired by the Slow Food and more recent Slow Science movements, I decided to go back to what I call Slow Web. Enough of real-time distractions, enough of noisy notifications, enough of crappy web 2.0 "services" telling me intimate things about people I do not even know. Back to real reflexions, interesting discussions and passionate serendipity. In plain old HTML.
I thought about it for a while and my year in Japan will be the perfect timing to switch:
- 8 hours timezone lap with France and US, less real-time distractions ;
- about 2 hours a day of transports to just think, disconnected ;
- back to a salary job with less peripheral concerns.
Here is what I did to slow down my attention and bring back my reflexion. Let me be clear, this is not a guide, just a testimony:
- Deleting all accounts with time consuming notifications. LinkedIn is the perfect example, after a couple of messages I realized that all propositions were just bullshit and that you need to know people to find interesting jobs, not contacts.
- Reopening an aggregating system with few quality blogs remaining after the micro-reflexion crisis. I thought that Twitter, the human sourced aggregator was enough but the signal vs. noise ratio is too bad even with a restrictive follow policy.
- Forcing me to write articles. By forcing I mean taking the time to aggregate some thoughts and links to try to summarize my vision on the topic, not just transmitting/retweeting links without any context nor deep reflexion.
- Finding a good setup. My 11" MacBook Air associated with Sublime Text 2 in Distraction Free Mode looks to be perfect. At the technical level, I just use a repository to store my writings generated in static, portable, almost perennial, troll proof HTML. This will be a one-page blog, be ready to scroll (and to link anchors).
At the end of the day, the quality you produced matters. Be part of that Web and share the love :-).
As a side note, I’m trying to write in English to force me to express myself with that language, please email me if there are mistakes. Same apply for Japanese, if any.
PS: there will be no comments at all on this space but discussions are much more appreciated and manual trackbacks will be added, just find a place to publish. Don’t let me be responsible of your data, please!