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When life happens

Wow. You know all those times when you start something new (a story, a hobby, a blog, or something similar) in the summer, and it seems like the best idea ever, and then as soon as the year starts you forget all about it?

Story of my life. I can't keep up journals, and I write so slowly any progress I make can be dismissed easily. That being said, periods of inactivity are generally a good sign for me, because it means I'm having a good time in real life.

Is the internet a place to go in between good times? A rest stop where you recover between destinations? It seems as if a lot of people have the same problem I do. You're bored, or going through a rough spot, and the internet is your best friend. You start having a good time in real life - boyfriend, exciting new school, active social life - and suddenly the only pieces of the internet you really see anymore are facebook and e-mail, because that's where you can organize your events. Places you used to spend hours on end, like fictionpress, livejournal, fanfiction.net and deviantART, suddenly fall off the radar. I'm sure there's been research on this, and I'd like to find it. What's your experience? (This is to anyone who reads this. I know. I find it creepy when people breach the wall and say "you" in a blog post, too.)

The past few months have been amazing, more so than I ever expected. I used to feel a kind of despair that childhood (the best time of anyone's life, as far as I knew) was over, but recently I've been feeling as if being an adult isn't going to be so bad, after all. I started college at Oregon State University last September, and I love it. My major is microbiology (with an automatic minor in chemistry) and I was lucky enough to get into the honors college, so I get a lot of the perks of going to a private university while going to a public one with in-state tuition.

I'm boring myself. The long and short of it is, I found someone special - a real Oregonian who wears shorts and T-shirts all year long, but I love him nonetheless. No, having a new boyfriend isn't the only reason for my happiness, but it's definitely a contributing factor. I'd forgotten how nice it was to have a relationship, and to an extent, I think I never knew. (My first and only previous "serious" relationship was kind of dysfunctional.) I feel pretty optimistic, and not just for myself. If I can find someone that suits me this well, I feel like everyone can - if they want to. Maybe not within a certain time frame, but it should be possible.

This entire blogpost might just be the jetlag talking. I'm in Scotland for Christmas, spending time with family, and today's the first time I've made it past nine without falling over dead. Anyway, drop me a comment and tell me what you've been up to. And whether the internet is an in-between place for you, too.

(On a side note, livejournal's spellcheck does not recognize the word "blog". Fail!)


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Dec. 24th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
I totally understand the whole internet-falling-off-the-radar thing... though, I find that even when life isn't going great, if it's still busy, then I'm not on the internet. Does that happen to you, too?

I mean, I do sometimes turn to the internet when the real world isn't so fun anymore. But sometimes, it's as if life's too busy for me to be spending time on the internet, when I need to be doing something else.

Either way, it's always fun to rediscover a website, especially one like this. It's always interesting to read past posts and see your own thought process and way of looking at things, you know? Even little things like, a post about being excited about going to dinner and now looking back on that dinner, which, in reality, kind of sucked because the food was bad or something. Not a great example, but hopefully you understand what I'm saying.

Oh, and congrats on the boyfriend! :) He seems like a nice guy.

Jul. 16th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, definitely! Any time when my energy is spent, I stop going to the places I like on the internet. Except facebook. I don't know your relationship to facebook, but for me it's just an extension of my real life. (And it's great to know what my old friends are doing without having to try very hard - ugh, I'm so lazy.)

Where did your blog go? Did you give up on it, or are my internet skills so low that I can't find it?

I love your example! Yes, it's great to read back on things. Emotions come and go, and there's really no way to remember them unless you write them down. It was fun for me to reread this post now, 7 months later, and remember being in snow-covered Scotland suffering from bone-deep cold and jetlag. Which makes it all the more sad if you've removed your posts! Let me know. :3 (And I won't hold it against you if it takes you as long as I did to respond... I'm hopeless!)
Jul. 22nd, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yup, I did remove all my posts. I did it a few months back, actually. I went through the old ones and found them kind of boring, so I deleted them and decided to "start over" and be more detailed in my posts (because my entries before were kind of vague).

But then, LJ kind of got left on the backburner. I still come back and read other people's journals to be updated, but I just haven't gotten around to updating my own. And every time I sit down and try and write about my day, it just seems boring, so I end up not posting anything at all.

So, no, don't worry, there's nothing wrong with your internet skills!
Dec. 6th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you for finishing "To Claim and Reclaim" XD
it was one of my favorite fanfic, kinda sad about how sophia need to wait for mr. champion of the galaxy to wake up.. but it's bearable, i sincerely hope that fayt wake up without amnesia..
i font have an fanfiction id (and to lazy to make one again)so i hope you read this message, sorry if it out of place.
been reading that fic over and over again for 4 years.. very happy when i see the update (2 chapter in a row!!, good thing i read it all in 1 go!. the cliffhanger can kill me!)
i'l be waiting for the epilogue, and i hope they stay together till the end XD!!!!
Sorry for the bad English..
Jun. 20th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you for finishing "To Claim and Reclaim" XD
Thanks for the sweet message! I'm so glad you enjoyed To Claim and Reclaim! The epilogue is all done now... sorry for the wait. I hope it's not a disappointment!
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