We’ve been online since the days of Windows3.1 — a long time. I’ve said before, I love information. I’m an information hound. That being the case, the internet was made for me. Just about any thought I have can be tracked down online. What a wonderful resource for a writer. Need a word in another language? –got it. Need names of foreign currency? — yep. Need a term for Victorian imbecile? You bet your oik you’ll find it. You can find bits of just about everything.
Having gone the route of Inter-Library Loan in the years before the wide world web, I’m happy I don’t have to wait to feed my desire to know. My writing doesn’t have to wait either. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing like holding a book in your hands. The internet doesn’t rid us of the need for libraries, no, not by any stretch. In my experience as an info hound, librarians are just as important now as ever. Someone has to keep track. Knowledge has expanded exponentially.
But there’s a problem with that, namely, the internet is HUGE. How can you possibly find all the treasures out there waiting to explore? There’s a terrific tool to surf the web with, and it’ll help you dig deeper. I’ll warn you if you have a penchant for surfing now, you’ll need to go into it with your eyes wide open. It’s called StumbleUpon, and it hooked me within three stumbles.
The StumbleUpon tool is a free download easily programmable to your interests. One of my mine is Ancient History. StumbleUpon will scour the internet for sites dealing with that topic. I like crafts, even more craft sites will pop up when I click the stumble button. I’m interested in words, meteorology, science, and religions of the world. I don’t have to wade through a bunch of nothing to find the gems of research. I can like what I like and give the ol’ thumbs down to the pages I don’t. Likes get stored in your account to revisit again and become recommended likes for the StumbleUpon community to share. Unlikes disappear into obscurity and won’t return to your personally programed searches. It’s a very nice tool. StumbleUpon
Hey folks at StumbleUpon, this is a celebrity endorsement. I’m a small fish in a big pond, but hey how about it? lol
So, I’m testing a theory. My blog stats show that since I “liked” my blog on StumbleUpon, I get a lot of people stumbling upon me here. In my ongoing attempt to be that shiny needle at the top of the haystack, I spent a few days making blogs and bloggetts..and Liking them on StumbleUpon. I have this one, my main blog with my domain name. I have another on Blogspot.com that I use just slightly less than this one. The others are static pages for others to stumble upon, and I have nearly a dozen author pages and placeholders around the web. Stop and check them out. Some where tricky, some were simple. I’m giving them a two month test. The following links are just some of the places I haunt — some old and some new. If you know of others, please tell me about them in comments. Thanks!
I’m just about everywhere!
Like I said, these aren’t all my stops and haunts. I have book covers and pages all over. Whew.
Coming Sunday — another Sneak Peek!
Rose Anderson – Love Waits in Unexpected Places