A Year Without (Most) News

In March 2017 I decided to try an experiment: What would happen if I stopped reading the news? (Spoiler alert: I don’t regret it in the least.)

I used to read a lot of news, seek out articles on a regular basis, and even condense it to figure out the essential information. It was a good exercise in critical thinking and analyzing modern journalism. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with staying informed on current events. But after some time, I started to suspect this was a trending-negative experience. Reading every piece of major news didn’t feel helpful. After some thought I wrote “Is Staying Informed Overrated?” – my most popular post so far, which received some interesting responses.

So that month I decided to quit the news. More or less. I would glaze over headlines as they passed by in social media feeds, and I wouldn’t read any articles unless they seemed exceptionally interesting. I didn’t make any effort to watch or read anything news-related. The opposite of what I did for my weekly news summaries on this blog.

Here we are in March 2018 and I’m going to continue my experiment – which isn’t so much an experiment anymore as it is a permanent(?) lifestyle change. I feel better and have more energy/time to devote to things which matter in my life. I skimmed some old news to see if it’s still relevant, and 99 percent of it isn’t. Most news isn’t important and will soon fade from the collective conscious.

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Reflecting On 2016 (A Rare Personal Post)

I’m not much of a share-details-about-my-life person. My life is also kind of boring, in my opinion. But 2016 was relatively action-packed for me. Some highlights:

  • I spent about 5 weeks in Mexico (March and October). I saw Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, and Mazatlán.
  • I went through a couple of courses. (Cybersecurity, financial analysis, TESOL/TEFL)
  • I traveled to San Antonio to see my sister graduate from Air Force Basic Training.
  • I went to three weddings in South Carolina (for two of my cousins).
  • I underwent surgery for the first time. Not really a fun experience, but new and significant. (Relatively minor issue. I spent less than 12 hours in a hospital.)
  • I recorded a whole bunch of music. Some of it was released; the rest needs some work. My writing and freelance projects have been a higher priority this year, so I haven’t created as much music as 2015.

I learned a lot in 2016. It was an interesting year, and I’m grateful I could experience everything.

Some of my favorite pictures from the past 12 months:

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