Writing, for me, is not just writing. It’s blogging. It’s tweeting. It’s sharing on facebook. It’s responding to comments. It’s checking stats. It’s guest posting. It’s a day long hustle to make this blog into something I know it needs to be.

And it’s worth it.

However, at some point you give so much of yourself online that it becomes difficult to be present in the real world.

Yesterday, my parents flew in from California. I’m going to spend a long weekend playing Settlers of Catan and talking over coffee and eating delicious food. I want to be present. I want to be living in the real world.

So  wrote this post yesterday before I saw them. I won’t check my email today. I’m unplugged.

And I do this regularly because as much as I love this blog and my friends online, the people standing right next to me are more important (someday, maybe that will be you, and I hope I will be present enough to look you in the eye and hear your story).

Have a great Sabbath, friends.

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting

Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let’s Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).