It was really great to take a day off of the computer.
I was thinking about what’s causing stress in my life and one of them is the pile of hardware sitting next to my door waiting for me to try it out. See, companies are now sending me free books, free hardware, and free software to try out.
That +is+ putting pressure on me to write about that stuff and is changing my passions. I don’t like it. So, I am not going to do it anymore.
Even if I send it back (which I’m gonna do) it takes time, causes me to feel guilty for not writing about them, and changes the relationship I have with you. I just don’t like it. So, I’m gonna turn this stuff away from now on. And, of course, I’ll keep disclosing anytime I do get something in return for my services and/or whenever I have conflicts of interest, like when I own stock on something I’m talking about.
I’m also not taking this stuff because I simply can’t be a replacement for News.com or the Wall Street Journal. I can’t be all things to all people. I’ve gotta get back to writing about what interests me. That’s the small stuff in the industry that the other news outlets probably will miss and my view of tech from an enthusiast’s perspective.