Saturday, December 11, 2010

Re-entering the Net

I have always loved the internet; from my very first encounter with America On-line (AOL) some fifteen years ago.  Back then there was only dial-up and your phone line was completely tied up until you were done browsing.  The world-wide-web was at its very inception and my browsing was limited to AOL articles and chat rooms.  I was amazed at the fact that I could talk/type to someone thousands of miles away, anytime I felt like it!  This was ingenious!
I would stay online for hours at a time, after I put my daughter to sleep of course, and chat my heart away.  In fact, if it weren’t for chatting I never would have really learned how to type, and I’m pretty fast if I do say so myself. 
Now after all these years, I thought I was pretty “net” savvy.  I browse the usual sites.  I read the headlines of my choice.  But now that I am getting reacquainted with my creative side, the part of me that has always wanted to write, I have found an entirely new appreciation for the internet.
I feel more than honored, I feel privileged to have so much information at my fingertips.  Now don’t get me wrong, I still think that the instant gratification that technology has afforded us all has in fact made us a bit lazy and complacent (I am absolutely not an exception).  Despite my love hate relationship with our drive-thru society, I am still in awe of the vastness of it all. 
In addition to the phenomenal blogs I am now following, I have also happened upon some profoundly informative writing sites.  To say that there are some brilliant guides (I mean guides who can show you how to make sense of the barrage of information floating in the space between your ears), would be an understatement.  There are some writers out there, whom I never would have discovered in the bookstore, with so much to say and even more to share about the craft.  I feel like I have unearthed a secret society that has been lurking beneath the surface for my entire life.  I hope that I will one day feel as though I am a member of this society…and that I will also be a “writer.”


Chrystal Mahan said...

OMG you reminded me of my own times. Although I did not have AOL (cost too much) I was a Juno, then a NetZero users. I was living with my mom while I went to college, I would tie the phone line up all night long. She would get so angry when she would find out a relative was trying to call. I made so many friends in those days, and funny thing, those internet friends are still friends today! They have been there for me, no matter how far the miles!!!

As for the writing, I have total faith in you.

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