I spend a lot of time online.
Half the stuff I do online is a complete waste of time. The problem is, I don’t know which half. Between reading the news and entertainment, watching videos, producing videos and content for my blogs, writing here, looking something up there, laying on a matress or walking around listening to podcasts, I spend almost all my waking hours attached to the internet.
I was an early adopter of diary writing and of podcast listening. I was early into blogging for business and rode the early social media facebook wave. My company - Big Mother sent us all to Internet U, on a four day internet training course. When asked on the first day who had a twitter account, I was the only one in a room of about 30 to raise my hand. I knew early that the writing was on the wall for my job in print advertising.
I never did the message board thing, but I still have an RSS feed reader that I go to everyday for the news. I used to be on Reddit everyday, several times. But not anymore.
I missed instagram altogether. By that time I was pretty much over social media. I had a Pinterest account. I had at least two different photo sharing accounts on two different occasions. No, make that three, set up and forgotten in a five-year cycle.
I was early into YouTube. I remember Mordeath, and the lonely girl, and Boh3m3. I thought, when Google bought it they were going to ruin it. It took them more than ten years, but Google made it better. A couple of years ago, I became obsessed with van life videos. I followed five different couples on five different continents. Then it was foreigners living in Taiwan and China. The China-based ones became very political, very quickly.
Then it was webcams of Japanese harbours and mountains, BC beaches, train tracks, puppies, European cities…and finally ‘walking around’ videos where the best ones have no narration, just the sounds of the streets, people and traffic. I’ve always got one on one of my screens now.