Before the Internet

Once upon a time there was life before the internet. Yes I know, ya’ll millennial children don’t really know any thing about that. Those GenX and Baby Boomers and beyond know what I’m talking about. Don’t get me wrong, even for us, sometimes we sit and say “How did we ever survive before the internet?” You know what? We did! We still had fun. Today I want to talk about some of the things we did before the internet. Are you with me? Great. Let’s get this party started!

  • Before there were Kindles and other reading devices and phones to read on, we read books. Yes physical books were in our hands. We turned real pages instead of digital ones. Yes, it was heavier to travel with, but we did.
  • Before texting we were calling our friends on the phone, going to their house or playing outside. Even the first cell phones didn’t have texting. Yes it’s true. If our friends were not local and long distance, we wrote letters not emails. Took longer to receive, but the joy was so much worth it.
  • Before Google, Siri and Alexa there was the Library. When we did reports or needed information we went to the library. Even when you went to the library you had to know how to find the book you needed, not just type it in a search box. In some cases we may have had your own encyclopedias at home which helped out a great deal, at least for me it did. When I got tired of going to the stuffy library I went to a book store. We couldn’t look information up online like we do now.
  • Before Google search to find phone numbers you had to pull out the big yellow phone book and go through the yellow pages. You made sure you had one or two in the house at all times. When the new one came you knew the schools will be asking for donations next to recycle. See how long it takes to find business information! Fun times!
  • Before Google search, yes again, there was the 411 information line. You dial 411 to get a business phone number. Better write it down because they charge for direct connection.
  • Before the fancy phones that allows you to save phone numbers online you had to keep a phone book or memorize the numbers. If we were arrested today most of us maybe in trouble because we may only know one number. Don’t forget the little black book the players use to have!
  • Before there was Napster and the current downloading engines on our phones, to get new music you had to buy the tape, record, or whatever was in at the time and listen to the whole thing. With the invention of cassette tapes you can record from the radio (if you caught it in time) or from another tape.
  • Before notifications and breaking news alerts you got your news from TV on the news or through daily news papers.
  • Before Netflix, VUDU, and fire sticks there was video stores. You either bought the VHS from a store or rented one from the video store. It was like the library, you had a card to rent movies for a specific period of time. Who remembers Blockbuster, Video Warehouse and Movie Gallery???
  • Before DVR, Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services there was no watching your show later. You watched it when it aired, or when VHS began recording you could record it in hopes that the person you asked liked you enough to remember to do it on time.
  • Before Verizon Maps, Google Maps or map quest, there were actual paper/plastic maps and you could buy them in books too. Who remembers highlighting your route?? Thank you GPS!
  • Before direct deposits there were paper checks. You either went to get your payroll check from your job or it was mailed to you, then you had to physically go to the bank to cash it or deposit it. There was no scanning the check on your phone app either.
  • Before cell phones there were pay phones. Yes you had to put change in the phone to make a call. That forced you to keep change on you just in case. Hope you had that phone book we talked about or memorized the number or you’ll be flipping through the white pages of the phone book in the booth.

Did you enjoy that list? What did you do before the internet?

Difference Between Personal & Internet Life

“Difference Between Personal & Internet Life”

The difference between my personal life and internet life is pretty simple.

My personal life is just that personal.  I gave great family and friends.  Yes, I talk about them, yes I mention them.  No, I don’t tell their personal business, no mine.  Trust me, I’ve heard it before.  “You tell all your business on facebook.”  Let me put this plainly, 95% of my life is not on social media.  I don’t mind sharing some of personal life with the public, but it is by no means mean my entire life is on social media.  I do like for my clients, fans, and supporters to see me, to see that I am no different than you are.  I’m just using what I was given to share with the world.  I like to think that those in my personal life know me a whole better than those with just my internet life.

My internet life….Simple…It’s what I want you to see.  You don’t get to see everything.  I’m not a mega superstar (yet).  Before when I first got on the internet back in the AOL days, it was mainly for fun.  It was an avenue to meet new people.  Now, almost two decades later, it’s still a great avenue to meet new people.  However, it’s not personal, it’s more business.  Yes, I’ve met some great people who are now awesome friends.  What you see online, on the internet is mostly business.  I do share some personal things, but not as much as some, but more than others.  As I said before, I want you to be able to see me for who I am.  Yes, I share.  Yes, some is private.  Yes some things you’ll never know, you’ll never see.  That’s me.

What are the differences in your personal and internet life?  I’d love to hear.  Share your thoughts.

Internet Challenges

Why take on a challenge? Over the years there has been many challenges to partake in. Sure, some I did, others, well, no.
Many wonder about these challenges, where they start at, why do them. We’ll talk a bit later about some specific ones. Right now lets discuss the why, the who and where they come from.
Why do the challenges and record it? The simple answer is that it’s just fun. Yet that’s not the only reason. Many times the challenges are for a cause, to bring awareness to a cause. So sometimes you may see a challenge like the ASL Ice Bucket challenge where they may not be making money or getting donations, but it’s making people aware of the illness. How many of you looked up ASL before doing the challenge? Or if you didn’t do the challenge looked it up to see what it was?  Some awareness may be more subtle like the “Pretty Face Challenge” which was bringing up self esteem. Like I stated before, some challenges are just for fun like the new “Mannequin Challenge”.  So think about it. What are YOU passionate about? Can you create a fun challenge and have it go viral?

Who creates these challenges?  That’s very simple, ANYONE can. Yes, Y-O-U can create a challenge.  A number of challenges you see are by groups or organizations that support various causes.

Where do they come from?  They come from all around the world.  It just depends on if you have the following for it to go viral.  It doesn’t matter where you are, just keep it simple and fun.  One caution, don’t make it dangerous.  Dangerous?  Yes, dangerous.  There have been a number of dangerous ones that really didn’t have a purpose either.  Why endanger yourself or others for fun?  Some examples include the fire challenge and the breathing challenge.  Some have caused people their lives.  So err on the side of caution and keep it simple and safe.

Now, the fun part.  What are some of the challenges?  As mentioned already the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge, Pretty Face Challenge and the Mannequin Challenge. The ASL challenge I didn’t do.  I just couldn’t find it in myself to pour a bucket of ice on myself.  Uh, no.  However it was fun to watch and bring awareness to a great cause.  The Mannequin challenge I did at work and that was pretty fun.  One I try to do every year is the 30 Day  “Poem A Day” challenge in April.  Some years I do good others like this year, not so much.  Still I love that one.  Another one I normally do every other year is the Photo A Day challenge where you take a photo everyday for 365 days.  This year was also rough with my 52 Book Challenge.  A new challenge that I just saw online today was “Andy’s Coming”.  It’s simple, just falling on the floor at the same time that’s made for large groups.

So you can see there are many challenges out there and for many reasons.  They can be for individuals or groups large and small.  Any challenge that you choose participate in should be fun and safe.  That’s what will draw your challenge in to others.  If you have a unique challenge you’d like to go viral then share it here and let’s make it happen.

What challenges have you been a part of?  Or if you don’t participate, why?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.