Books & Tulips © 2005 Dianne Poinski
"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." Louisa May Alcott Reading has given me endless hours of pleasure and insight. As a young girl I would come out of the bookmobile with a pile of books, anxious to get home and lose myself in another world. As I got older I discovered that in addition to entertainment, books were also the most direct way to learn just about anything. I remember checking out a book from the library on “Teenage Grooming” once I got the green light from my mother about wearing makeup.Through the various stages of my life, books have helped me a great deal. Bookstores represent hope and excitement to me. I walk in and instantly feel like anything is possible! Then came the Internet and now information is available just by Googling a word or a phrase. Free and instant “self help”!As part of an assignment in the blog class I just completed, we were instructed to set up Facebook and Twitter accounts. Ok – I thought, this is good. A great way to stay connected, and as an artist I can feel pretty isolated at times. I have enjoyed meeting new people online and getting to know them through their blogs and various online postings.What I didn’t see coming were Facebook “Friends” and Twitter “Followers” tempting me with links to articles, blogs, and even Amazon.com, the biggest bookstore on the planet! All places I can go and learn how to be a better artist, photographer, friend, parent, entrepreneur and the list goes on……………… I don’t want to miss anything, so I click away. I feel constantly challenged by my inability to stay focused and do the work I need to do.The only thing saving me from becoming a complete “internetaholic “ is the fact that I have declared my studio a “no tech zone”. My home office is where I do the bulk of the tasks necessary to run my business. This includes anything that requires my computer and since my photographs are processed digitally, I spend a great deal of time in front of my monitor. My studio is where I hand-color all my photographs, teach workshops and show my work. The only piece of technology allowed in there is my IPod.I have heard many times that to avoid this problem you have to schedule your “online time” during the day. Since I am very resistant to schedules and I am pretty sure I am not the only one out there suffering from “information overload”, I will just keep on checking Facebook, Twittering and Googling until I find a solution that might work for me.P.S. I am always looking for new “Friends”!