Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I was born in 1980! I know...I can't believe I'm posting my real age (although Sydney firmly believes I'm only 25, which sounds like a pretty good age to stay for a long time). However, I suppose most everyone knows me so they already know how old I am anyway. When I was in high school, emailing started to catch on. I think most people used it mostly for business. I vaguely remember our family having a juno account and sometimes we would send emails to people from it. Mostly I think I used the internet to download lots of music from Napster! Remember those days :) So skip ahead a few years to 2009. Everyone blogs, facebooks, and now twitters or tweets or whatever it's called.

I love my blog and that works great for me. It doesn't demand my attention everyday but I can still share some of the moments of my life while still maintaining my privacy. I recently signed up for a facebook account and I am trying to figure that whole thing out. Right now, I don't know if I'm really that into it. I guess I just don't know if I really want to/care about posting the minimal things I do. You know the little details of our lives that just pass by so quickly! The advantage to Facebook is that you can reconnect with lots of old friends easier. But other than checking out their pages maybe once in awhile to see what happened to them or where they ended up...I don't know if I would neccessarily spend any more time reconnecting.

And then there is Twitter. I am hearing all about this daily it seems on radio stations or the TV and just among friends. What, yet another networking site to have to keep up with??? I guess this shows my age. I love to be able to stay in touch better with my friends/family, BUT I am a little old school. I didn't grow up sharing all sorts of random details with my friends. So I guess I am just happy with the way things are! Although, perhaps I will change my mind in the future. I would love to hear what are your favorites (Blogs, Facebook, or Twitter) if you want to share :)


hillari April 14, 2009 at 12:39 PM  

I totally agree with you! I really enjoy my blog and use it kind of as a journal. Facebook is okay, I've enjoyed finding some old friends, but I just don't want to waste a lot of time on there. Twitter--I just don't get the point, nor do I see myself doing it. Although maybe someday I'll be wondering how I ever lived without it! haha.

Andie April 14, 2009 at 1:44 PM  

I recently had a friend put it this way when I was wondering about some of the same things: "I don't want to have an 'online life'. I want my blog to be an overflow of my joy ABOUT my life. I also don't want my kids having memories of the back of their mom's head while she sits at the computer. " She is Catholic and gave up Facebook for lent and last I talked to her I don't think she misses it much.

The Lord allows us to be stewards of wonderful blessings in the last days, like the internet, in large part so we can use them wisely to grow the kingdom. And like a lot of other things, Satan knows how to skew those things that are meant to be good into something else.

I know I just posted about this last week, but in some ways I find Facebook to be doing more harm than good for me personally. Namely, it can be a time sucker and sometimes when I get on I read things I wished I hadn't, that are easy to be misunderstood when out of context. So I've kind of "grounded" myself from it for a while. Although I will probably come "friend" you now that I know you are there. ;)

I do see the benefit of blogging, though. It is the best journal I've ever kept, and I love knowing that I can easily print it into a book. I've done it before and find it a cheap, easy alternative to scrapbooking. I love sharing in this way with old friends who I know I am rotten about keeping in touch with. I did recently make our blog private, though, because I was finding my thoughts were being psychoanalyzed by others and I was getting a few rude comments here and there from people I actually know! So now it is private and I share only with those I want to.

Waaay too long of a comment, I know, but just wanted to weigh in since I've had a lot of similar thoughts lately. You are awesome, Maylene!

Jen April 14, 2009 at 3:05 PM  

Looks like Andie summed up my thoughts too. . . love blogging, love looking at other friends' blogs, but don't see much point with Facebook, although I do have an account. Eric doesn't have a blog or contribute to mine, so he uses Facebook to keep up with his friends and cousins. And Twitter -- haven't even had the time to think about it. One benefit to being familiar with this technology is being culturally literate. You know Sydney and Sophie are going to be using it someday. And, I know that I appreciate it when my grandmothers get the online email/blogging thing. All in moderation. . .

Shenna April 14, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

I will just agree with what has been posted so far - nothing new I can add to what has already been said.

Krystal April 15, 2009 at 4:25 PM  

i use facebook to keep in touch with my family. my mom, my dad, 4 of my sisters, my brother, my grandparents, my cousins and so on, and since texting is going out and they rarely answer me anymore i use facebook to talk to them. plus i use it to avoid having to email 20 relatives pictures of the kids. i dont twitter. people already have issues with the stuff i have to say, i dont need to put anyone else through that. :) and i too had juno and used napster... before metallica ruined it for us!

Jilynn April 15, 2009 at 9:29 PM  

I'm going to stick to blogging. I love updating it and reading everyone else's updates but I don't need a play by play of everyone's day like with Facebook. I have an account but hardly ever check it. There's only so much time during the day and I don't want to spend most of it on the computer!

Talmage and Kelly April 22, 2009 at 1:11 PM  

Doesn't it make you wonder what our KIDS will have to take up all their time! All of this technology makes life easier and faster in many ways but SURE takes up a lot of time! Hard to believe there will be things our grandkids will be doing that we will have no idea how and what they're doing.

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