Next week will be my 2 month anniversary of leaving the Open Directory Project, and I'm very relieved to report that I am finally starting to recover from my addiction. :-)
Like all successful rehabilitations**, this has required the patient support of friends, the discovery of healthier alternatives, the passage of time, ... and the consumption of quite a lot of chocolate (although the less said about that, the better).
Needing to fill the 40-50 hours a week (yes I know, crazy!) that I used to spend editing in the ODP has been a challenge, but things are starting to fall into place at last.
I have almost completed my training to become a volunteer adult literacy tutor, after which I will be matched up with a student for weekly sessions.
Tomorrow I finish a staff development programme at the university where I work part time, and this will enable me to undertake additional tutoring roles within the medical school. I have also been accepted as a volunteer mentor for 4th year medical students at another university, which will be an interesting contrast.
Of course I have not been able to tear myself away from the computer entirely, so various ODP friends have helped me to find other online activities where I can volunteer my time and use many of the skills I learned in my years at DMOZ.
Then there's my ongoing volunteer activities in the local bushfire brigade and community learning centre, and my woefully neglected studies in forensic medicine.
That should be more than enough to keep my thoughts from turning back to the friends I left behind, the things I left unfinished, and the satisfaction and fascination of working on such a worthwhile project with so many people from all over the world.
Yes, it should be enough, and one day soon I hope it is.
**[Added 26 May: my tongue-in-cheek reference to "therapy" was more accurate than I realised, according to a recent "Scientific American" article I read today.]