I got a new phone today! I didn’t really need one, and I could have transferred stuff around, deleted all the bad pictures and obsolete screen shots, and made room for another year’s worth of digital clutter, but my daughter was getting a new phone for college, and my husband decided I should have a new one as well.
This seems as good a time as any to provide the periodic reminder: Back up all your stuff! I was frantically saving and sending my history from my favorite texting service (unfortunately, it’s only text that gets saved — fortunately, I am a very text-based communicator!). Back up your stuff! Not just the personal stuff, but the writing stuff, as well!
A new phone is a chance to be a new person by forge new habits while keeping the old ones and making them better. I created some new accounts with cheerful new names and inspiring new passwords. My screensaver is a really cute picture of David Bowie (around 1969, when he was pre-glam), holding a kettle of boiling water. Just what I need to comfort me when I can’t get a real cup of tea (and also, thinking about how PRODUCTIVE he was creatively under all sorts of conditions makes me think I can do a little bit today).
I started a couple of things I may regret — I activated a Twitter app, and filled it with comedians and newsmakers so I can get a pop culture fix. On the one hand, I NEED to stay current for work and for writing. But on the other hand . . . I already spend ten to twenty minutes a day on Twitter.
That’s nothing compared to the time I spend on Reddit . . . and I set up an account so I can read and comment on Reddit. I’m going to try to restrict myself to using Reddit during a natural or national disaster (I’ll save my goofing-around-Reddit for the main computer). Wish me luck. I may have to review the habit, and delete that account if it turns out to be too much of a time suck.
It might be too much to ask of a phone — to transform me into an informed citizen of the world who also has time for work and writing. But, it’s fun to dream and scheme.
(I could really use a good app for writing on the phone — even just story notes. My old phone had a “memo pad”, but it soon filled up, and I had to start taking notes on my texting service and sending them to a “group” of just me. That works, but the haikus and character sketches are mixed in with grocery lists and maps of how to get to store X. I am trying to have the discipline to delete stuff that’s not useful anymore, but I get overcome by a feeling that one day — maybe next Christmas — I will want to know exactly what I made for supper on December 24th so I can repeat it. And similarly lame excuses for saving stuff that I probably will never look at again.
(At any rate . . . if you have a good writing app, please share in the contents!)