Blogging to me is what I imagine fishing may be to people who like to fish. It is calm and relaxing, and every once in a while, you hit upon a wonderful catch, a blog that just makes your day or you write one that you are especially proud of. I have been trying to read more blogs lately. There is so much to enjoy and learn out there in the cloud. My enjoyment comes in a leisurely stroll on my computer, from one blog to another to another. And reading, oh my, there is so much wonderful stuff to read!
The stress point for me seems to be keeping up with all the great stuff out there (there are so many fish in the sea to continue the metaphor)? This challenge appears to come from my old way of fishing. My half-century plus brain was trained to think in an analog fashion. I tend to go from one thing to the next in an orderly manner, read a whole article before I move on for example. Not that I don’t multitask, because I do, but my mind works more like a serial reel-2-reel tape recorder (some of you probably remember them). You had to move through a whole song before you could listen to the next song; you could fast forward, but you still had to wait because everything was recorded in a line. I am a rotary phone, a VHS tape (No, I am not an 8-track, I refuse!). Today everything is digitized and random access: you want it, you go there. No waiting. I am R2-D2 in the world of Androids. Do you still go channel by channel on the TV to see what is playing (which takes a long time with over 900 channel. And why is there never anything worth watching?)?
Strolling along peacefully in the random access world of information appears to work best when I know how to ask a fuzzy but simple question of a search engine. I need to be decisive. (My next Google Search: “What spot should I fish in to catch the most Wide Mouth Bass?”) For me knowing what blogs I want to read today, before going and exploring new ones would probably be the best fishing strategy (that still sounds pretty analog of me – doesn’t it?).
For those analog folks that don’t want to search, there is always the Fishing Channel (there is a channel for every possible thing you could imagine). A person could park their analog brain/body in one spot and just watch fish 24/7 until the answer they are looking for is shown to them on one of those silly shows – if they are still awake.
I love the digital age of information. I have always loved technology and adore everything social and digital.
How do you handle your digital fishing?