I think all of us Internet-addicted folks have a certain routine we go through when we get to our computers in the morning, don't we? Websites we visit first, etc.
It used to be an AOL chat room that lured me, first thing in the morning. That fell by the way long ago. Here's how my Internet routine goes, these days:
First thing I do after getting the coffee going is to check my e-mail on three different accounts: I have a Yahoo address, an AOL addy, and an Embarq account. I also have a G-mail account, but I've never started using that one.
Next, I peek in at the Country Living message board to see who's up and having coffee; then I run right next door to Tractor Tales.
Then I open up Bloglines; usually, after a whole night off the computer, there are scads of new entries, and I say to myself, "It's gonna be a good day, Tater!"
Family comes first when I read blogs, so if Rachel has posted, or if my son has made one of his rare, bi-monthly entries (it's all right son, blogging seems to be mostly a women's thing anyhow) I read them first.
I have two top favorite blogs that I value highly for the entertainment they give me. One, of course, is The Pioneer Woman. I've pimped her blog several times here. Her readers number in the thousands for good reason. I don't go to her blog first, though, because her entries need to be digested slowly, lest I miss a chuckle. I save her for last, sorta like dessert.
A more recent discovery is "Because I Said So". This mother of six only recently started blogging. I first found her delightful sense of humor on Ebay (thanks to the above-mentioned Tractor Tales message board where someone left the link). A potential E-bay buyer suggested Dawn start a blog, which she did. It's so successful that she's been on National Television. And she now has a book deal with a publisher. See? This blogging thing has definite possibilities. If you have a sustainable sense of humor. Which I don't. My sense of humor has a mind of its own, and only surfaces when it feels like it. Oh, if you were wondering, Dawn's blog is G-rated. I'd rate Pioneer Woman as a PG-13, since she does occasionally have a "hiney-tingle". He he. Don't worry, she won't shock you too much.
I see I have ten other blogs still to read this morning: these are mostly entries by people whose journals I've read so long, they feel like family. You'll find their links over on the right, under "other journals". Except for Russ, who asked that I remove his link because he thought maybe some people were going to his journal from mine and harassing him. I doubt it, but you never know.
So that's my morning Internet routine. And now I'm off to read my blogs!
PS. I'm editing this to add a couple of interesting sites that aren't blogs, but I check them out often: FOUND Magazine and Post Secret. That second one is NOT always g-rated, and it's sometimes sad. Be forewarned.
Having checked out all those sites, I usually go to Craigslist looking for bargains. By that time, Cliff is awake hollering for coffee, and I have effectively spent about two hours of my morning online.
I wonder why I never seem to get my housework done?