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I am just about all blogged out…but not quite yet! As if I needed another piece of the web, yes – I have started yet another new blog! I am blogging as a tool to organize my chaotic life and therefore I have seperated my blogging, Internet and website activities as follows:
The Ulmet Internet Cafe (wordpress) – Ulmet family and friends blog (private)
God Made Me Funny (wordpress) – Darlene R. Ulmet personal blog
God Made Me Funny (GoDaddy) – Darlene R. Ulmet motivational speaking blog and website
Caring Bridge – Darlene R. Ulmet – autoimmune health update website
As of late, I find that I am taking up an inordinate amount of space on the Internet SUPER Highway. Obviously, I am not the only one. And so I am asking myself, “Is the time spent posting, updating, and creating, time spent wisely?” Surprisingly, I think so. On any given day, I usually visit Facebook, Pinterest, this – my WordPress site, my Caring Bridge health update site and my stunted development site “God Made Me Funny.” I glance at two newspapers (Star Telegram and the Daily Press) and peruse several news stations (locals and CNN). I also visit several church and religious websites and a number of medical reference websites. All in all, I believe that my Internet activity in some crazy way, organizing me.
I have recently joined Pinterest and I find it to be the most relaxing thought calming environment around on the web. Information in pictoral view flows gently by and you grab what catches your attention. There is something slightly reminiscant of the free association think tank philosophy going on over there with me when I go “pinning.” Many may call it a ridiculous waste of time, but given the multitude of activities that we pursue in search of peace and calm, I put Pinterest right up there with meditation, natures mood music relaxation tapes, and a cool glass of wine! It may not be for everyone, but it sure works for me.
As I approach “middle age”, I am finding that I am using social media and the like to define my priorities in life and to plan in which direction I wish to proceed in the future. As I become more organized in what I publish, I am sifting through the things that are important to me and prioritizing them as I go. And as I proceed, a picture is slowly forming in my mind – a picture visible for all to see on the Internet SUPER Highway.
As we grow older, there is a strong desire to “make your mark” – to ensure that when you pass, you have left something behind of value and permanance. We do this in many ways – through our offspring, through employment, through various associations with other people and groups. Today, I am challenging myself to proceed down the Internet SUPER Highway with the intent of moving forward. Moving forward with taking control of my health issues and helping others along the way in the world of autoimmune diseases. I am challenging myself to write as I believe that I have a God given talent and enough wisdom that what I wish to convey can be of significant impact. I am challenging myself to look ahead into the future and leave the past behind. I am challenging myslelf to walk closer to God and to strengthen my family. I am challenging myself to be ever so thankful for the blessings that I have received. And I invite you to walk with me along the way.
My goal is to have 100 subscribers by August 1st, 2011. From there, you will just have to wait and see what happens! Please share on Facebook, Pinterest and your own personal sites. I look forward to making new friends and sharing the love that we all need in order to find happiness in our hearts. Yes, there is a lot of trash and a lot of wasted time spent on the Internet, but many are using technology to achieve truely worthwhile goals. Please comment: What do you do online that you consider a worthwhile investment in time resource? (Or confess, what activities do you pursue that are time squanderers?) Below is a graph depicting the most common Internet Activities. I was totally surprised to see where some activities fall…what do you think? Is it a worthwhile endeavor to take up space on the Information SUPER Highway?
In His Love,
Source: Nielsen Online (2008) The Australian Internet and Technology Report, February