I started reading blogs about two years ago. Actually, it was one person's blog and whoever commented on that one. I didn't search Blogger for any that might interest me. I didn't look for anybody I knew that might have a blog. I just checked in with a few people, every now and then. Last summer, my husband suggested I start a blog so I could share the beautiful places I run with other people that might be interested. I kept putting it off until finally, in the fall, I started this blog. And of course, it is one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I would say I spend a fair amount of my free time on Blogger, catching up on all the blogs I now read and keeping my blog up to date.
Then, in just the past week, I discovered Facebook. Evidently I signed up on this site some time ago, but had forgotten. I recently started receiving via email, invitations from people, to "be their friend". I just ignored them because, honestly, I had no idea how Facebook worked. Well, I figured out how it works! I now have over 50 "friends" and in the past week, I have spent many waking hours on it. At first I felt like I was invading people's privacy. I got over that in just a couple of days. Now, it's new and it's FUN. As someone said to me, "it takes stalking to a whole new level." I do seem to get a bit confused when I am communicating with people on Facebook that also have blogs. Why? Because when people blog, you know them by their blog name, not their real name. Even if you do know their real name from Blogger, chances are you don't know their last name. Believe it or not, some people don't use their real name on Blogger but they do on Facebook. Like if someone sees me at a race, they will say, "hey, aren't you Single Track Junkie?" They don't say, "hey, aren't you Jo Lynn?" Sometimes I have to stop and think about who it is that's commenting on my status update, or leaving one themselves. It can drive a girl crazy!
And then there's Twitter. I haven't even looked into this one. I know a lot of people use it though. I may be wrong about this, but to me, Twitter is just a mass text message to all your "peeps". I do use text messaging A LOT but it's just a conversation between me and the person I am sending text messages to. So, isn't this like Facebook where you can post status updates? Why do some people use both Facebook and Twitter? Yes, I am naive about it.
My question to you is: Which "time suck" do you like/use the most, and why?