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29 September 2011 @ 10:56 am
Writer's Block: Internet addictions  

Besides LJ, what websites are you always surfing?


1. Facebook.com
Because, after all, who isn't addicted to Facebook these days?  

2. Gmail.com
I'm constantly checking my e-mail; I'm not sure why I'm so desperately addicted to it.  It's not like there's a lot of people e-mailing me, after all.

3. Bookcrossing.com
I think I've got every book in my library registered at BookCrossing.com.  It makes a great reference point when I'm buying new books, because I can log in and quickly check to see if I've already got a copy of whatever novel or comic book I'm holding.  (Sad but true: my library is large enough that memory isn't enough to keep track.)  When I read a book, I tend to write mini-reviews on BookCrossing, just enough to remind myself why I did or didn't like the book.  Sometimes, if I'm also reviewing that book for my blog over at fashion_piranha  then I'll expand the mini-review into a full-length one.  I'm also a rather strange person, in that I always wonder what happens to a book after I sell it or give it away - who reads it?  Did they like it as much as I did? and so on - and the tracking numbers that BookCrossing provides gives me the hope that I'll hear from later readers...and often, I do.   It's really cool.

4. Questionablecontent.com and Somethingpositive.net
I guess it isn't so much that I'm "always" surfing these webcomics so much as I check them nearly every day.  I may only spend two or three minutes on each site, but they're a major part of my Internet routine.

5. Paperbackswap.com
So I've been swapping books on this site for several years - it's a major reason my to-be-read pile is so massive.  Yet, I still find myself checking it almost every day, just to make sure that none of the books on my Reminder list have shown up since my last visit.  I think it's a sign that I have a serious book acquisition addiction.