Thinks on Things

A gathering of ponderings…

The Internet Changed My Life!

I have been slowly easing my way into the many things the internet has to offer. I mean, of course everyone nowadays has e-mail and knows how to surf the net for information they need. But I’m talking about actually immersing myself in the more connective and life-stretching aspects of having a blog, making purchases online and managing a Facebook account. Those are things I wouldn’t have really thought too much about a year ago. But I think the time has come for them to make their appearances in my life so I can give them a legitimate chance to prove their worth.

Blogging has opened up new doors to how I can communicate what is happening in my life. I have never been one for volunteering info that actually means anything to relationship building. I can spout out funny statements and random facts or just keep asking enough questions that no one asks me any. This has led to building tough walls that have been hard to break down. Blogging here has helped in getting some of the things out into the open that I would normally not have shared with anyone at all.

Perhaps the least pertinant of these internet intrigues is my recent purchasing of various paraphenalia via webstores. I guess I just never really trusted the whole process for reasons of financial security. But also, I have a hard time buying something after seeing a 1-inch picture and 2-sentence bogus description. I like to see and hold and ask questions about the items I exchange for the money I’ve earned. In direct contrast to that preference, the idea of saving gas money driving to the stores and not having to pay inflated middleman charges has led to me taking some chances online. The results have been positive for sure. I bought some of my Christmas presents from REI online and rock climbing equipment from Metolius. Researching Nicros online has even led to a promising exchange of planning ideas for building a climbing wall in my town.

As for Facebook, I was most reluctant to join the bandwagon for simple reasons of not wanting to be obligated to update every minute detail of my mundane life to people I hardly talk to in the first place. However, my involvement with the youth in my area has led me to believe that there are major benefits to stepping out in faith. In a tricky exchange of trusting with others online, I have allowed some areas of my life to be known and also am able to learn more about them. Posting information and communicating with my ‘friends’ has been made immensely easier by using Facebook.

Who knows what the future holds for the internet and web 2.0, but hopefully I can continue to find new ways to use tools in helping enrich my life and others around me.


January 31, 2008 - Posted by | All My Thinks

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