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It’s hard to believe how much, and how fast, the digital world has changed. Less than 2 decades ago we purchased our fist computer. $2500. A 10 GB hard drive. A monitor that could be used as a boat anchor. We, like a lot of our friends, used AOL for dial-up internet, which tied up our sole phone line and booted us out at random intervals with little or no warning. We used the internet primarily for email and instant messaging. Once in a while we would join online card games. Everything we did online took seemingly forever. There was no Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram … or Smart Phones and Phone Cameras!
When we wanted to be able to keep track of our (then) teenager we bought her a pager and developed a system of code phrases. 143 = I love you. 45 = good night. 303 = mom. Etc.
Somewhere about 10 years ago we upgraded to a dsl connection and our first cell phones. We gave up AOL and changed our email addresses. We spent more time online and learned to be annoyed when pages didn’t load instantly. E mail had begun to take over as our preferred method of communication and even bills started arriving in our Inbox rather than our mailbox.
Not long after we upgraded to a vastly better computer … which cost less than half of what the first one did! I set up a Xanga account in order to keep up with my (then) teenager and his friends. One day at work, when there was nothing keeping me busy, I started a blog on the Blogger platform. I wrote and wrote and wrote some more. Nobody (that I know of) read what I was writing. I didn’t even know they were supposed to. I grew weary of writing in a vacuum and went back to playing card games as my primary online activity.
Xanga was quickly replaced by Facebook. And when I started journaling my way through depression in 2008 I journaled in Facebook notes. The I decided that I needed more separation between my digital world and my real life. I moved all my Facebook notes onto my idle blog and resumed blogging. That was when I discovered that I didn’t have to blog in a vacuum. I could interact with other bloggers and they would return the favor.
My digital world has become so much smaller … while at the same time … my real world grew by leaps and bounds! Today, I carry a smart phone, in my pocket, with a bigger memory than that first computer. It’s always connected. I got it free with a 2 year contract. My digital world and personal world have meshed and melded until I don’t know where one ends and the other begins. The people that I have discovered through blogging, and on Facebook and Twitter, are just as much my real friends as the ones I meet in here in town!