I'm not going to write a "Best of/Top Posts/Most Popular Projects" post this month. I thought it would be more fun to write about my least favorite posts, biggest mistakes or bad habits of 2012. Kind of strange, I guess, but I'm in a "do something different" phase right now so.....I give you....
My Top 5 Bad Habits of 2012
I got hooked on several trashy TV shows in 2012. Shows that I call "good trashy". Good as in interesting good, it's OK to watch good and let's talk about them on twitter good. My current favorite trashy (if that's what you want to call them) TV shows are: The Maury Show, Days of Our Lives and The Bachelor.
I became hopelessly addicted to the internet in 2012. One of the first things that I do every morning (after making coffee, of course) is to turn on my laptop to check my email and various social media accounts. I don't know how I've managed to not melt the thing from overuse. I have to force myself to take a break from it so it won't blow up. Here is the really bad part....as soon as I turn the laptop off, I grab my tablet or smartphone. I'm not the only one that does that, am I?
One of the biggest reasons that I feel so compelled to be on the internet all the time comes from my addiction to social media. You've probably seen me "talking" about Google+ lately. It became my "pet project" in 2012. I get so excited about the new features and popularity of it. And then there is Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.
Should I call Instagram a bad habit? My habit started out small. I took a few pictures with my iphone, uploaded them to Instagram and joined in the fun of a blogger's Instagram Blog Hop. No biggy, right? Wrong. Now I want to use my iphone for all of my photography and I'm constantly looking at other pictures on Instagram to get inspiration for mine. My teenage son has even noticed my obsession. He gave me a telephoto lens that attaches to my iphone for Christmas.
Don't get me wrong, hashtags can be a great thing. Using them in social media postings can "tag" your post for searches and increase your SEO. But I developed a bad habit of using them for fun. If you've been on Twitter or Instagram lately, you will see people put their thoughts in hashtag form at the end of their tweet/post. Example....#dontjudgeme #twitterjunkie #thispostistoolong. Ask me a question, I'll answer it and think of a few hashtag quotes (in my head) to go with it. Really, I do that!
OK, there is my top 5. I know there are some "list 5 things" link parties out there to share this post at. Wonder where I can find them? #linkyhere #duh!