Monday, January 14, 2008

Fun Monday #48: the helpful internet edition


Ann from For the Long Run is our hostess for Fun Monday this week. She nearly stumped me, too. Here's how that happened:

I want to hear about a web site and not just about any old web site. I want to hear about a web site that's changed your life. A web site that you can't live without. A web site whose inventor you'd like to see win a McArthur Genius Grant.

OK, so here's the thing. Other than the obvious (Google, Amazon, eBay), has any website changed my life?

Hmmm. Well. Possibly you could say that blogs changed my life, because it has led me to a world inhabited by many new friends and unusual characters.

I became involved in the blog world through a side door. I'm sure we all have stories of our "first time" -- finding someone's online writings and getting sucked into the life of someone you don't know.

My first addictionblog was the tale of the fake doctor who was (in his words) half-assing his way through four years of med school. I came into his world mostly through the end of his third year, went back through his archives and swallowed it whole. He finished school last May and went on to a residency ... somewhere. He reserved another blog for that, but if you click the link, you will see that he hasn't written anything there.

I miss the fake doctor. I think about him occasionally, but I have taken him off my favorites list since he has undoubtedly moved on from the sarcastic skewering style that I loved. I hope he is well.

In the meantime, I have him to thank for my entry into the world of blogging. Somehow from him (not directly, but somehow), I ended up at an infertility site.

As you know, one blog always links to another ... and then another and another and another.

After awhile, I wanted to join in the fun myself and the Planet of Janet was the result. I have found several communities (Fun Monday, Haiku Friday, Weekly Winners) to "hang out" in, and made friends with so many people in the computer.

And to try to make an already long story a little shorter, here I am, a blogger myself, with online friends and a blog roll and 126 posts under my belt (including this one) since the end of July.

Wow. I guess the fake doctor really did change my life! Thank you, Eli, wherever you are.

Now go visit the other Fun Monday'ers. I am looking forward to finding out some other ways to change my life!

29 comments:

Joy T. said...

Glad you found the fake doctor too, because even though I lurk too much, I really enjoy your blog!

Gattina said...

Blogging changed my life too, you found it through the fake doctor and I found it through a website of Egyptian goddess cats, lol !

Gattina said...

I wrote a comment but it didn't appear, lol !
Blogging changed my life too, you found it through the fake doctor and I found it through a website of Egyptian goddess cats, lol !

Peter said...

A very nice "Typical" story Janet.

Hootin' Anni said...

I really liked the fact that from the Google, Amazon, and eBay, you found 'the fake doctor' and came to bloggin!!! Yes...it all started that way for us all. Great Fun Monday entry.

Simply Jenn said...

That sounds like a great blog. I may go read it.

nikki said...

Isn't it funny how things work out that way?! Glad the fake doctor brought you to our blog world.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I'm so with you. We both showed up in July. Both have met great friends, and obviously, I include you in that number. Scrabble buddies rock!

DIXIECHICK said...

Hip, Hip Horray for the fake doctor...without him, we may never have know the wonder that is Janet....I think my first blog I ever read was 15 minute lunch..Johnny Virgil...then just like you it led from one blog, to another, to another....but, I am glad I found you! You rock!

Burfica said...

Nice post. Blogging has changed my life as well. I started reading a friends and then signed up. I then found an entire world of smart asses, so I know I'm not alone anymore. hehehehehe

thefoodsnob said...

Sounds like a tabloid headline: Fake Doctor Changed my Life.


LOL!



Lisa

Robin said...

Yikes! I think I know a few "fake doctors"!!

Isn't it wild how something influences you to action like that? Think about how much time you spend blogging--reading, writing, etc.

Cool that you remembered your blog evolution--there were quite a few who contributed to getting you "here" :).

Kaycie said...

One thing always leads to another, and it's even more true in cyberspace!

I want to know what town that fake doctor practices in. I want to steer clear. ;)

Christine said...

I'm enjoying reading everyone's post today! It's really interesting how we found our way into the blogosphere. I've read a couple of your favorite blogs, I am going to have to check the other ones out.

Happy Fun Monday!

kitten said...

That's funny! I'm glad you met the fake Dr also.

laurie said...

funny! i'd never heard of the fake doctor. but that blog sounds like a hoot.

would have drawn me right in, too.

-Ann said...

An interesting route to blogging. Thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

I am thinking the fake doctor is probably practicing here in our small town. That is all our hospital hires!! :) Great post!

Tiggerlane said...

LOL!! The 'fake doctor' made me giggle! One of my first blog fans was a man I'm sure didn't last long as a priest - so I'll call him the 'fake priest.'

Bloggers seem to agree - blog are the most life-changing!

Canadian flake said...

this is a totally cool story...often people don't realize how many lives they touch just by sharing their thoughts...

Thanks for sharing yours...

raising3saints said...

I actually started blogging due to another blog too, but I found that blog on Google.....I'm glad you liked my post, and I've added you to my blogroll

Faye said...

Oh my, a fake doctor blog--how long did you read before figuring him out? I'm confessing-like the fake doctor I'm an underground fan of the Bachelor although it's wrong on so many levels. Do you think fake doctor was lying about seeing one of his classmates on the show?

Well Janet, at least all the Fun Monday participants seem like pretty normal people to me. If not, who cares???

Alison said...

I can't remember my first blog, but I have been lurking on blogs for over a year now and just started my own last Nov.!!

lisa's chaos said...

Sounds like the fake doctor was a good influence on you. :) Glad you found all the blogs and communites and started your own blog.

sirdar said...

Billions of sites out in the interweb and you find one that inspires you to start your own. Sounds like fate to me :-)

Pamela said...

And here you are!
(I wonder if he prescribes two aspirin and plenty of blogging)

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

You are so right about the linking from one blog to another, and another, and another.....I've passed hours in this way and then wondered how the heck I got where I did!

ChrisB said...

It's interesting to read how people begin blogging.
I'm laughing at Michelle's comment~ I think that might be true of a few places!

Sauntering Soul said...

It is interesting to see how people got involved in blogging. I first discovered blogs when I googled an art technique and found a blog and linked on others blogs from comments, etc. until I started my own two years ago.

 
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