Friday, March 10, 2017

So much social media, so little time...

Boy, have things changed for me in the past few years. I am now working on my third book, and spending more of my time traveling to various speaking events around the country. Back home in the foothills of northwest Washington, gardening season is fast approaching, and I am at long last putting together my little blacksmith shop.

As you know, I love learning new skills, particularly traditional homesteading skills. This spring I am focused on learning the art of sharpening; not just kitchen knives, but all sorts of tools. Seems to me that this is a very handy skill to have around the homestead. All sorts of cutting tools are used frequently here: chainsaws, axes and mauls, lawn mowers and scythes, adzes and froes, chisels, planes, hand and power saws... you get the idea. All of these tools are at their best and most useful when they are good and sharp. So, much of my spare time at the moment is being devoted to studying and practicing my sharpening and honing skills.

Who knows, this might even turn into a farm enterprise one of these days.

With so much of my time these days spent focused on writing and speaking, I find I have less time to spare for Internet activities. It's a bit of a dilemma, since writers are constantly being told we need a presence on a variety of social media in order to build and maintain our "platform." We don't have high-speed Internet at home, so I typically spend a couple of hours, two or three times a week, at a coffee shop down the hill in Sequim, catching up on Facebook and whatever else I have time for.

I will continue to post on this blog when I can, but realistically, I have to prioritize my time and energy. I love living off the grid, and honestly I believe that not having high-speed Internet and a TV at home greatly increases my daily productivity. Social media definitely has a place in my life. But it simply doesn't work for me to be on social media sites every day.

So... thank you all for your interest in my homesteading life here in Washington. Please take a look at my website,, for information about upcoming speaking events, my current writing projects, and blog posts on homestead life and my thoughts about all sorts of subjects. Feel free to comment or post questions, or use my contact form to get hold of me. I always love to hear from you!

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