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Donkin's World: Blipping v Blogging

It's some time since I wrote a blog here. It's not because I have nothing to say or to get steamed up about, far from it. It's almost entirely down to a growing interest in photography and a daily commitment to file a picture (like the one featured here of the beach at Estoril) on Blipfoto where my member name is Earthwatcher. http://www.blipfoto.com/Earthwatcher

I found Blipfoto through a service called Pushnote http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Pushnote&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a. If you use the web at all - and let's face it, many of us do - I would recommend two internet services for finding interesting web sites. One of these, which I have used for some years now, is Stumbleupon. http://www.stumbleupon.com/ Stumbleupon allows you to list your interests, then feeds you web pages that it thinks may interest you every time you press the Stumble button that is loaded on to your toolbar when you download the software.

Pushnote is a little different in that web pages are recommended by individuals who you follow and who may follow you. In that sense it borrows some of the features of Twitter http://twitter.com/ But, unlike Twitter, it is not simply about making a statement. Whoever files a Pushnote is pointing you (or pushing you, hence the name) to a web page they have enjoyed or found interesting or useful.

It was a Pushnote link that took me to Blipfoto. I enjoy photography, have had some pictures published professionally, and maintain picture galleries on another website, this one a subscription service called Smugmug. http://www.dickdonkin.smugmug.com/

I know that for those who use the internet only cursorily some of these references may sound a lot of nonsense. But, believe me, each of these services can enrich the way you interact with the internet. On the other hand, there is no doubt that they do draw you in and if you're not careful you may end up spending more time than you bargained for on such sites.

Another draw on my time, beyond book-writing, is playing games made by John and Rob, our two eldest boys. We always play their new games to test them out and sometimes these games, like other parts of the internet, can eat up time you simply can't spare. http://www.badeggsonline.com/

I don't expect the blog frequency to improve any time soon as, in between the gaming, the photography and the web posting, I have to make a living. The attraction of living somewhere remote is growing by the day. I'm thinking, maybe Orkney. One way or another I suspect 2012 is going to be quite an eventful year for the Donkins.


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