True Confessions of an Internet Junky
Katinka Hesselink 2007
I've been online since 1989. I was active on a lot of egroups (now yahoogroups). I now make my living through online publishing and webdesign. Yet I have the following to confess:
- I do not read my e-mail daily.
- There are days I don't turn the computer on.
- Some weeks I don't check my e-mail at all. (in other words: call me if you have something urgent)
- I do keep my e-mailbox tidy. So when I do check my e-mail, chances are I will respond to yours. This may even be minutes after your mail. Just don't expect this to be a consistent pattern.
- I've been active on so many yahoogroups and online forums that even if you recognize my avatar or screen name, don't expect me to recognize you. I'm sorry: I'm very present on any forum I check out, but I don't remember everybody there. One of my failings as a middle school teacher was that I did not know half the kids names by January (they take that so personally - when I would know who they were friends with, how good they were at math and what type of personality they were).
- I check links to my website compulsively (every few months or so), so if you link to me - chances are I will remember you.
- I don't have any chat program installed. That's right: I'm not on MSN, Yahoo-chat or whatever they are called. I actually want to be able to concentrate on what I'm doing.
- I will often check out some new forum, e-mailgroup or online social network (like myspace), be very active for a while, and then split without warning after days, weeks, months or even years. Sorry about that, I just lost interest. If you miss me there, please subscribe to my newsletter.
- If you are a stumbleupon friend of mine, don't count on that to last. I like to find new friends and since there is a limit to the amount of stumble-friends one can have, I may delete you from my friends list without warning. Please don't take this personally.
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