March 2, 2012

Another Template Change

I'm back to the phase when I am cleaning up my life. There is so much junk flying around these days all over the internet, and on some days it intimidates me. Every morning when I reach my office, there are at least a hundred emails in my mailbox, most of which are irrelevant to me, but nonetheless I have to clean them up. Then there is the personal gmail where there is another 50 mails daily with most of them being marketing materials from airlines/banks/shops. And finally the 500-odd friends on the facebook who keep chatting non-stop, keep getting married, having kids and what nots. I needed a change, and I needed a break. So what do I do?

I can't make any changes to my office emails, so I let it be the way it is. On gmail, I have unsubscribed to most mass mailers, and its an ongoing process. But I am making some progress here. At the risk of losing out on the next great sale offer, when they would be selling tickets to swiss alps for 1 cent, I have risked blocking all such emails. On twitter, I have removed a lot of people I was following, including the great Big B (I really admire him, but there was nothing interesting in reading his tweets). On facebook, I have finally deleted scores of non-friends, and brought my friends count down to 400. Even there, I have created a smaller list of 'real friends and family', and its only there people whose activities I would now be seeing (and vice versa). I may be rude and things like that, but I'm not really interested in knowing about the daily life of some guy only because we did our engineering from the same college (come on, my college had some 2000 plus students at campus at any given time). 

In line with the theme, I have removed some clutter from my blog as well, and changed the template to this very simple one. A blog should be about the writer and his posts, and anything else is plain distraction. So, hopefully I would stick to this one for a little longer. 


nightflier said...

I have done the same for facebook, not removing friends but organized them in groups where I can see what I want to see.
On twitter front I am doing better with the info overload :D
Also nice template! hope to see you write more!

Ash said...

What you said about how a blog should be focused on the writer and his posts is very true. I used to have a simple template years ago when I actually wrote substantive posts. Now, I guess I use fancy templates just to make up for poor content. :(

Calvin said...

@nightflier: will need some effort to get everything streamlined, but making good progress. So hopefully would have a much better online experience for me :)

Similar to my reading phase, I have post updates phases too. So might become quite active for some time, and go into hybernation afterwards.

Calvin said...

@Ash: haha, its just the phases I pass through. And don't worry too much, this may have been my 5th or 6th change over last one year, though I really like the looks and simplicity of this.