I is for:
Ok, so I could stand for many things – just ask Apple – but I have waxed lyrical about the iPad in my learning through play post, so I shall choose the Internet.
I love the Internet – I think it’s amazing in every way. Ok, it has its more ahem ‘adult’ side and the media go on about it being a haven for paedos but all that is a bit heavy for me – I love the internet cos I can buy something at midnight and have it delivered to my door.
I first used the Internet at Uni, which would have been in 1996 (Jeesus I feel old!) and it was a whole new world, which I mostly used for accessing the IMDB rather than for actual work! I can barely remember what sort of websites were out there at the time, but I did start my very own Geocities website (all about James Bond – it didn’t last long!) and get my first email address.
I’ve always used the internet to buy stuff and look stuff up, holidays, books, DVDs – and I’ve made my love for eBay very well known. I still use the Internet for buying stuff, but my biggest use for it these days is communication.
I got a MySpace in around 2006, but didn’t really get on with it – I jazzed it up with themes and music etc, but was happier with Facebook when I was told about that and I tend to use it a fair bit (!). I did get a little carried away with playing Facebook games, like Sorority Life and Cafe World, but I spent far too much time on them and gave them up in the end. I mainly use Facebook now for keeping in touch with friends and family and also post stuff there from the blog.
I was quite slow to get started in using Twitter, but did grow to love it fairly quickly, mainly through having an iPhone app for it, so it was easy to keep checking it all the time. Twitter’s been really useful in getting the blog started as there are loads of great mummy bloggers on there, all very friendly and writing relevant stuff on their blogs. The best bit though is being able to ‘talk’ to my friends on Twitter. I HATE using the phone and never call anyone, so tend to lose touch with people, but Twitter and Facebook have allowed me to keep up with what people are doing without those embarrassing pauses that so characterise my phonecalls!
My parents live in France, so the Internet – and Skype – have allowed us to keep in touch and allowed them to see the children, something that has made a big difference to my Mum and made her feel less like she is missing how they are changing. Mr W’s family are also Up North, so we speak to them on Skype too and everyone is much happier for it, and keeping Nanas happy is very important!
I don’t expect my love of the Internet will dim as I use it for everything – grocery shopping, christmas presents, researching stuff – I’m even planning our wedding primarily using the Internet and it’s been so useful for ideas, booking stuff and all sorts.