This morning/afternoon has been seriously productive for me today.  Thus far I have:

  • Cleaned the bathroom and toilet
  • Vacuumed  upstairs and downstairs
  • Cleaned all mirrors and sides around the house
  • Cleared out a whole load of junk from the loft
  • Loaded and unloaded the dishwasher
  • Cleaned the kitchen and wiped down everything
  • Washed two loads of clothing and hung them up to dry

The amazing thing to me is that all of this has been done before 2:30pm! That also includes a 20 minute lunch to eat a pizza and have a quick read of the paper.  You may ask yourself why this is so amazing that I feel the need to write about it; it’s not that big a deal, or even a great amount of work really done for some people.  The reason I am writing this is because all of this was possible because of one small change in my morning routine.  Instead of getting up and turning my laptop on to read the news, I got up and grabbed the vacuum cleaner because my room was dirty.  The simple act of not turning my laptop on changed the entire course of my morning and afternoon, from one of news, surfing the internet and generally doing random bits on my laptop, to being really useful around the house.

I never truly realised how much time I spend online, and today it really hit home how much more I could do with my time if I spent less of it surfing the internet.  I mean I do help out around the house when asked to, or if I see a little something that needs to be done I do it, but this is a whole new level for me.  I have not done this much stuff around the house since I was at university/just after moving home.  According to my parents I was “nesting” when I came home, which in effect meant clearing out my room of a whole load of stuff that was no longer needed, rearranging my room to accommodate all of my remaining stuff, and cleaning everything until it was spotless.

But I digress, the point of this post is that it is astounding how much can be done when you just get up and go.  I am sure I am not the first, nor will I be the last to make this discovery, but with the digital age and everything being accessed through the internet, it becomes very easy to become absorbed and lose yourself and time on here.  I have spent hours trawling through job website and writing applications and the like, and to relax afterwards I will watch a film or play a game or read some funny stuff…and bam, there is my entire day gone on the laptop without even realising.  The online world can suck you in and hold you forever thanks to the massive amounts of information and activities available.  I just need to remember that there is more to do than surf the net, there is a big wide world outside the 15 inches of my screen, not as big as the internet I grant you, but still, maybe I’ll go exploring and do more things out there in the real world in the future.

My YouTube Addiction

I discovered YouTube when I was 15 and playing around online, looking for places to watch music videos and funny stuff to occupy my time when I should have been studying.  Today, I still use YouTube to do that, but as a website it has become far more useful to me than for just music and laughs.

I used to watch videos and anything I wanted to keep a reference of to show someone else I just put in my favourites bar in my browser.( which back then was IE, for shame I know, but now I flick between Chrome and Firefox depending on my mood).  In 2008 a friend of mine linked me to a video which he said was disgusting but I had to watch, so being the curious individual that I am I clicked it, but it was blocked.  I had to have an account to verify my age because the content was deemed inappropriate for young users.  So I set myself up an account and watched a video of a man popping a giant whitehead on his shoulder that once all the puss had come out looked like he had a giant crater in it.  To this day I still feel a little nauseous thinking about it, but it was a sick yet amazing video, which sparked me watching more of them to see if they were just as wrong, or even worse.

The fact that once I had seen one I wanted to see more, and how easily available the content is, is what makes the site so addictive to me.  I have watched funny animal videos, babies laughing videos, rap battle videos, sports videos, music videos, news videos, comedy videos, cartoon videos and a whole host more.  When in doubt of a song I Google the lyrics, find the song, then YouTube it and listen to it.  In the way that to “Google” something is to search it, “YouTube-ing it” has become part of my everyday vernacular, as I am sure it has with other people as well.

What I watch depends on the day, but for example of late I have been watching game playthroughs by two particular YouTubers, TheRadBrad and TheSyndicateProject.  I don’t own a PS3 or Xbox360, so this allows me to watch the games and kind of experience them, without the initial £250 outlay plus £40 a pop for a game.  I also have old favourites I watch like Charlieissocoollike and the Phillip Defranco Show. These two guys are not only really informative, but also highly entertaining to me, and can lead to hours upon hours of surfing on YouTube.

I think that YouTube is a brilliant website for distraction, education and entertainment and will undoubtedly carry on being one of my favourite sites for many years to come.  I am sure that my taste will evolve and with it a whole new host of videos to feed my appetite will come into view and the addiction will continue.

My First Post

So out of nowhere I decided that I would create my own blog.  I am not sure why or for what purpose, but it seems like an interesting idea right now, so why the hell not.

I’ve seen a few friends who have written blogs for multiple reasons, as advertising for themselves and their abilities, to share something with the world, as an online diary, a portfolio to demonstrate how great writers they are or just to rage online.  Myself personally I think I have set up this blog as an outlet.

I don’t know if I will write more than just this first blog or if I will end up updating this on a more regular basis than I expect, but as I said at the start, this seems a good idea right now, and why the hell not! I thought I should knock out my first blog straight away before I even start to make the site look any better, so I have content available and can work around that to see how things work.  I hope if anyone does read this they enjoy it, and if not, sorry, but you can’t please everyone all the time!