Ah, that was a nice vacation. For the first time I can remember, I went off-the-web-grid for a week. I didn’t check email, read feeds, or do any blog posts. In fact, I turned my computer off and didn’t do anything online for a week. Normally on a vacation, I spend an hour or two each day triaging email and handling short-fuse situations. The benefit of that is that you’re not quite as behind when you return to work, but the flip side is that work-related stress can seep into your vacation.
What did I do on vacation? I decided to stretch from my normal habits and keep busy so I wouldn’t miss being online quite as much. I did an intro session of horseback riding, a couple hours of mountain biking, and climbed a rock wall. I took a 35mm photography lesson and I jumped off a telephone pole (not to worry, I was attached to a safety harness). I tried pilates (not as bad as I thought), yoga (the mondo-beginner class that I took was fun), an Abhyanga massage (oily, but relaxing), and acupuncture, which was not really my cup of tea. At all. I tried a couple meditation classes; I enjoyed one and fell asleep in the other, which was still nice. I went on 2-3 hikes and watched 4-5 movies with my wife. I took a drumming class (it turns out that I suck) and generally did non-computer things.
This vacation tested my personal theory that I’m primarily just a security blanket for webmasters at this point, and I’m happy that the SEO world seemed to go on just fine without me. Of course all that off-line time meant that I’m now *way* behind on what I missed. Looks like I’ve got about 400 new email threads, which is probably 750-800 emails. Google Reader just shows “100+” for the number of items in my bucket o’ feeds, but I’m guesstimating that I came back to 500-600 unread blog posts. I’ve cleared out all the feeds except the 5-10 “high-volume” search feeds. In the next day or so, I’ll post the web tidbits that caught my eye while catching up.