Seeking Solace: I’m Unplugged and Off the Social Media Grid

Fire Lookout

I’ve written in this space before about social media information overload and the fight to manage all the noise in today’s digital world. This week I’m taking it to the extreme.

Today I’m fulfilling a decades-old wish and heading to a remote fire lookout tower in SW Oregon. I’m unplugging and going off the grid for five days!

No electricity and no plumbing. No blogging, no Twitter, no Facebook, no YouTube, no websites, no email, no iPhone, no MacBook. Just endless vistas of the Rogue River Valley. What’s more, I’m going all by myself.

The all-by-myself part was not intentional. The original plan involved three great friends from Boise, Dallas, and Portugal for a week of catching up and diving deep into what’s going on in our professional and personal lives. But one by one, they peeled off (is it me?). And since my wife had made planned her own vacation with friends and family, I’m on my own.

I must say I’m quite excited. I have a pile of books to read, two empty notebooks to fill, a cooler full of food, gallons of water, bags of Reese’s peanut butter cups and black licorice, a backpack, and a mind waiting to be cleared out and refreshed.

In a week I’ll know whether I was bored to death, empowered to a whole new level, or somewhere in between. Check back next week for details!

What do you do to recharge your batteries? How successful has it been? Inquiring minds want to know.


We’ve published an e-book to help cope with information overload. There is Hope: 7 Tips to Combat Social Media Overload. Visit our What We Think page to download the book.

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