Once upon a time, a few years ago I had an internet connection in my house from my desktop computer. Now I use libraries and a wireless card, but when I had the internet so close by like that, I found myself fairly addicted to doing searches on the internet.
When I first started, I signed up for a few things and learned how much spam one can receive by the simple act of giving out your e-mail address. So I stopped doing that pretty quickly. I decided not to use the internet to enter contests or receive free offers, but I did find it to be a great information source. Better than a library in some ways! Though you do have to be careful to make sure what you are reading is a reliable source. I found a website about Chinese herbals, an in-depth astrology site, a cosmetics board with opinions and reviews from women who liked to experiment with make-up brands, and a writing site with an author interview.
This writing site was specifically a poetry site for amateur poets. Apparently you could win ten thousand dollars if you submitted a contest winning poem.
This sounded too good to be true. I decided not to enter any of their contests after my experience with spamming on sites where I submitted my name and e-mail address. I poked around using the site map for this writing site, and I found some good poems I enjoyed reading. Plus a lot of mediocre ones.
Even though I wouldn’t be a ten grand winner in their contest I still enjoyed looking around a site devoted to poets and poetry. They had pretty good taste, I thought, in the famous poets they talked about. Plus they let anyone try their hand at writing poems.
I returned to the herbal site because I needed to find some info. I worked on the same street as some Asian groceries in the ‘International District’. I liked to buy weird herbs and supplements and they were quite a good deal price wise.
I had recently seen an immunity boosting supplement where one of the ingredients was ‘gecko pienis’. I didn’t want to buy this if it was what it sounded like, which is how I ended up going on Chinese herb sites. I wanted to learn about the ingredient before I bought the supplement.
Unfortunately ‘gecko pienis’ turned out to be exactly what it sounded like. I didn’t want to eat that part of an animal in my herbal remedy so I was glad I had searched and knew I wouldn’t be buying that herbal mixture anytime soon. I went back to learning about writing, and astrology and make-up among other things. The internet is rather addictive I find, and I can easily wile away hours searching about subjects I like.