How I Use The Web

Steve Spalding of HowToSplitAnAtom has posted a blogging challenge for anyone interested. The challenge consists of answering a few questions that revolve around the use of the web. The questions are, How do you use the web? How do people around you use the web and what do you feel is the next big step in web development?

How do you use the web?

I decided to take this opportunity to explain how I use the web. I look at the web as a giant swiss army knife. Not one single tool, but a series of tools. I am online and actively using the internet more than 40 hours a week. As I continue to evolve as an adult, my usage of the internet differs. About 2-3 years ago, I used the internet primarily for online gaming. I actively participated in online forums related to Battlefield2 and put in quite a bit of effort into the team I was apart of. I also used the internet as a means of starting an online business that revolved around Teamspeak/Ventrilo and WebHosting. Don’t ask me how the business turned out because it only lasted from 2004-2006 and I’m still trying to acquire funds from the work I put into it, but that is an entirely different story.

Later on, my interests changed and I began to use the internet as a publishing platform in the form of blogging. Blogging was cool because I was able to publish my thoughts and develop relationships with people I otherwise would have never of met in the real world. I’m still blogging to this day and I’m beginning to use the internet as a way to promote my brand. That brand being myself.

How do people around you use the web?

When I ask those around me what it is they do while online, the answer I receive the most is entertainment. This entertainment comes in the form of YouTube, emails, jokes, and more. The younger crowd, (24 and under) tells me about the use of Twitter and social networking. Older folks tell me they use the web as a way to dive into history, or primarily as a means of knowledge. These people are the ones who hang around wikipedia and anytime they are asked a question, there response is “Google It“.

What do you feel is the next big step in web development?

Good question. I’m not a web developer so I have no idea. However, I believe the move towards making things as simple as possible via Web based GUI’s will continue to evolve so that, your average joe will be able to accomplish things that an average of above average developer could achieve.

If you would like to participate in the blogging challenge, head on over to HowToSplitAnAtom and jot down the questions, then follow Steve’s directions.

Blogging Challenge: A Political Post

Every week, Lorelle offers up a new blogging challenge for anyone that wants to try to improve their blogging skills. This week, the blogging challenge is about writing a political blog post. I don’t discuss politics that much because it’s no where near my area of knowledge but I figured I would make at least one political post that explains my stance. If this entire post seems like a giant rant, I’m sorry. But this is how I feel.

Going through high school, American Government was a class that I needed to take in order for me to graduate. It was the most boring class I have ever had the privilege of taking. None of the course material dealt with current day issues. Instead, it was mostly about court cases and things that happened in the past. Hell, I didn’t even manage to learn what the difference is between a Republican and a Democrat which I’ve managed to do on my own. They are both political lesbians that do nothing but catfight as their constituents are screwed in the process. I understand that the country is built upon a two party system, but whatever happened to WE THE PEOPLE? Too many times I’ve seen politicians place their party above what’s good for America.

Politics Suck

I constantly feel as if the United States Of America is slowly imploding. The only things people care about now a days are abortions, homosexuality, gay marriages, brittney spears, and paris hilton. I simply don’t understand why this is. At any rate, I have yet to hear any candidate discuss the issue of the American People being taxed to death. It would be nice to hear a representative of congress discuss the issue of the Income Tax and if it is actually against the law or not. Take poll numbers for what they are worth but they have consistently shown that the American people have lost faith in congress. It doesn’t matter who you vote for, we always end up being screwed and in no better shape than before.

Another problem I see in the great US of A is that the American people do not hold politicians accountable for their actions. Candidates do a lot of talking. When they reach that position of power, theres not a whole lot of action. We need to start asking elected officials why they haven’t kept their word. They say all sorts of things to get in office, then they don’t do a damn thing.

I think the fact that the majority of Americans don’t trust their own government speaks volumes. I wish a young, fresh, face without any political family ties or background would come in and provide a refreshing overhaul of the government and associated congress. Give Americans a different perspective. Unfortunately, greed, corporate ties, and corruption will keep this from ever happening.

To wrap up this entirely pointless rant, I don’t get involved with politics because it’s nothing but a giant mess that not even a mop the size of Texas would be able to clean up. I hate the fact that you have to swing one way or the other when all that matters is the American people. I do exercise my right to vote, but it’s getting tougher and tougher to go to the polls to vote someone else into office that will keep running the country deeper into the ground. So all in all, Politics suck!