There’s a real irony to today’s blog post because after the new year it is my intention to step back from social media and blogging to concentrate on actually reading and maybe even a bit of writing! When Blake Snow got in touch about his latest book I simply HAD to invite him to stay in with me to tell me all about it.
Staying in with Blake Snow
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Blake. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’ve brought Log Off: How to stay Connected after Disconnecting (available in hard copy, ebook, and audiobook formats.) I chose it for selfish but also deeply personal reasons. You see, I wrote this book after nearly 10 years of research. Frankly, the contents therein helped me find offline balance and changed my professional, personal, and social life for the better. It’s also worth noting that Log Off currently averages 4.6 out of 5 stars, according to reader reviews, so the book is well received on and worth considering on its own, despite my bias.
(It certainly sounds as if it’s being well received Blake!)
I believe we live in the most distracted, bottomless, demanding, opportune, and noisiest time in all of human history. That makes finding offline (or digital) balance very hard indeed. It’s a great time to be sure, and we’re all empowered with more life-changing tools than ever before (i.e. internet, smartphones, work from anywhere). But we must deliberately harness these powerful tools with measured boundaries, otherwise they can dictate how we live our daily lives rather than consciously choosing how we want to live.
But offline balance isn’t just about good health—it’s the key to greater income, growth, fulfilment, freetime, and lasting relationships. I want nothing but the same for everyone else and believe the world would be a better place if we all tempered our digital distractions and knowingly enlist in the fight against the growing problem of online addiction.
(What, then, is the greatest single truth that comes from your book?)
If you fail to set well-defined boundaries with your phone, social media, and internet, you’re planning to fail in many areas of your life (including reading more books!
(You’re absolutely right. I swear I sleep less well now as a direct result of too much time using the Internet and I have allocated so much of my life to blogging, including posts like this one, I haven’t actually had time to read!)
What can we expect from an evening with Log Off: How to Stay Connected after Disconnecting?
You’ll probably appreciate my honesty and will likely empathize with my “Montana Moment,” my personal struggle with online addiction, and later success in finding offline balance. I’m confident you’ll appreciate the breezy but extensive research, and I know you’ll like the prescriptive advice should you or someone you know be facing a similar struggle.
(Sounds good to me so far!)
For example, here is one of my favorite passages, taken from chapter two on “Why the Internet is so hard to put down”:
The internet offers power, or at least the illusion of it. That’s the real reason the internet is so addicting. For the first time in human history, everyday people can convincingly simulate the experience of kings and exercise dominion over their own fantasized corner of reality. Hence, the internet gets abused, more by some than others. But it’s not the internet’s fault. It’s ours. As with all things in life, humans abuse power. The internet just happens to be the latest and greatest abuse of power.
… To be clear, the internet is a phenomenal resource—the penicillin of my generation. But we’ve abused it. We’ve corrupted it. And we’ve gotten big-headed as a result. ‘I was a winner online, but a loser offline,’ one recovering user recently confessed to me.
Although more ‘connected’ than ever before now, we’re also more detached than ever before—all because of the King Complex that many of us wrestle with everyday. It’s time we kill the king.
(Sadly, I think you may well be right in so many aspects of life – not just our internet use Blake.)
What else have you brought along to share and why?
A photo. It’s not an exact replica, but the above cabin is very similar to the one I experienced my “Montana Moment” in, replete with big windows overlooking nearby Yellowstone National Park and a moose lick in an open meadow. It was magic!
(That’s brilliant. Are there any other surprising things people might not know about you?)
I’m a two-time marathoner, a former 96% chess player, father of five, husband to one, reader of around 12 books per year, believer in the afterlife, and I hope to visit all seven continents within the two years (I’m only lacking Antarctica). I chase experiences more than paper. I believe people are inherently good. And if you disagree, you’re wrong.
(Ha! I’ve been to all seven continents including Antarctica so I wholeheartedly support that ambition.)
In addition, I’ve brought what I’d like my I’d like my epitaph to say:
Here lies a man that tried his hardest to be kind, helpful, forgiving, and hopeful. His wife and kids made him a better man that he would have otherwise been. He liked to write sentences for a living and hope that some of them had a positive impact on those who read them.
(I think every author would love that epitaph too.)
Thank you so much for staying in with me to tell us all about Log Off: How to Stay Connected after Disconnecting, Blake. I think it sounds a book almost all of us could use in our lives.
Log Off: How to Stay Connected after Disconnecting
IT’S OFFICIAL—excessive “internetting,” smartphoning, and social media make us miserable.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Over the last decade, recognized journalist Blake Snow rigorously researched, tested, and developed several connectivity strategies for finding offline balance in an online world, which resulted in this, his first book. In Log Off: How to Stay Connected after Disconnecting, Snow passionately, succinctly, and sometimes humorously explains how to hit refresh for good, do more with less online, live large on low-caloric technology, increase facetime with actual people, outperform workaholics in half the time, and tunefully blend both analog and digital lives with no regrets. If the “offline balance movement” is real, this is its playbook.
Log Off: How to Stay Connected after Disconnecting is available for purchase here.
About Blake Snow
For more than a decade, Blake Snow has written and published thousands of featured articles for half of the top twenty U.S. media, including CNN, NBC, USA Today, Fox News, Wired Magazine, and many other fancy publications and Fortune 500 companies.
He lives in Provo, Utah, with his supportive family and loyal dog.