People who don’t do what I do often wonder what the heck there is to do on the internet. Well, there’s Google, for one thing. I look up every dagdum thing, from how to get nail polish off hardwood floors, to how to feed 7 people without having to sell kidneys. I also bank online, and order library books, and learn recipes, etc. I could become an excellent agoraphobic.
I like to know stuff
I also belong to several message boards, where I do a cyber-version of people watching and read up on various topics. Most of these I joined because I have something in common with general populace of that board.
For example, Free Republic, where I go after something drastic has happened to the conservative movement and see what other conservatives think and feel.
Then there’s Television Without Pity, which is NOT even remotely Christian-friendly, but indulges my inner Snark by making fun of the shows I love.
I also belong to a couple of infant loss boards, and so on. There’s an empathy and a depth in shared sorrow. I also lurk on an adoption board, and have learned so much about what really happens, and what parts of adoption need reform.
One of my favorites is Mothering. This is an ultra-crunchy one, where the main things I have in common is abiding by a loose sense of attachment parenting, including cosleeping, breastfeeding and baby-wearing, among others. I differ pretty drastically in that I am a conservative, and I am not fiercely anti-spanking, and I am not into the environment or natural living. And I love McDonalds.
I love to read in my various worlds, what people are saying about current events, or worldviews, or whatever. The opinions are so opposite – it is just so fascinating to watch the debates unfold on different sides of the spectrum.
People are beautiful. In most cases, even if I don’t feel passionate about the issue, I enjoy seeing people who are burning with a cause express themselves.
I feel the need to defend myself a little in advance here- I don’t spend my life on these boards, at least not currently. (in deep grief, I did) But I do like to click in and see what different corners of humanity are up to from time to time.
And now, a bonus video- the folks over at Mothering would be horrified by me laughing at my own crying baby. In my defense, it’s funny. She was ticked at me for moving the computer just before clicking record.