Friday, January 15, 2010

Where I Spend My Time

When I open a new tab in Google Chrome, it brings up my most frequented places. When I got my new laptop, I had to "train" it. Luckily, it only took about a week to see where my priorities lay.

I give you Where I Spend My Online Time:

1. Facebook (I blame CafeWorld and FarmVille. You should too.)
2. Rallystorm (I'm long-winded. What can I say?)
3. Twitter (I like to eavesdrop.)
4. Blogger (I'm here five days a week, people.)
5. Pandora (2 accounts. 80 hours. The end.)
6. QueryTracker (This is like a three-peat. Blog. Forum. Success Stories.)
7. My own blog (Is that so wrong?)
8. Google (Hey, even I do a little research. A very little.)

I like to tell myself that I'm a supreme multi-tasker, and I'm juggling twitter and forums and blogging amidst my revisions, but it's all a lie. I have to get the tabs down to two (Pandora and gmail) before I even open Word.

What about you? Where do you spend your time online?


Liza said...

Blogger, Blogger, Blogger, Google, and once in a while FaceBook.

Elle Strauss said...

I feel like an internet dud. I don't even know what Google chrome or Pandora or Rallystorm are. Though I'm aware of twitter, I'm still illiterate.

But at least I know Blogger and Query Tracker. And (phew) Google.

Elle Strauss said...

Oh yeah, and Facebook.

Catherine Denton said...

Blogger, Facebook, Gmail and Twitter.
Winged Writer

PJ Hoover said...

Too funny!
Blogger for me. I actually want to up my Facebook and Twitter time a bit.

catwoods said...

Agent Query, SCBWI boards and in November, NaNoWriMo.

Kristi said...

Definitely Blogger -- and I'm the Google queen. It's not a good day if I don't think of multiple things to Google. A little FB but I'm not a Twitter girl.

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Internet social butterfly here!

Blogger-mine and bloggy buddies! I can't help it. I love to read and make new buddies all at the same time!
My inbox! :)
QT is a new hangout.

One if not more are always in the background as I write lol!

Fun post!

E. Arroyo said...

Blogging for me. I had to limit my time on online critique boards. It took tooooo much time away from work. lol

Eric said...

Besides online games (read this as World of Warcraft), I am usually on blogger.

So where in all this list of online things you do is there time for you to write? Sheesh.

Megan said...

Elana, I meant to tell you, I just got both Glee soundtracks from my bro. Can I interest you in a copy? Andrew and I have been listening to them non-stop the last few days.

Kimberly Franklin said...

Oh, Elana. I feel your pain!

My frequents are:

Blogger (I swear it's like having a second job. But one I actually LOVE!)

Twitter (Oh, how would I go on living if Twitter ever went away? Umm...I couldn't. I would surely die if I couldn't tweet!)

Facebook (Who doesn't facebook? I mean, really)

And last, but certainly not least:

Youtube (It's so addicting! I can never stop at just one video. Kind of like cookies.)

Have a great weekend!

Valerie Geary said...

Oh you just made my entire month so much happier!! You little Pandora sneak, you... 2 accounts. Genius!!!!!

Sharon McPherson: AUTHOR / ARTIST said...

A friend showed me Farmville just the other day ... I had no idea.

I think it's brilliant, but something tells me I have to draw the line ...)o:

quixotic said...

Darn that social networking! It's such a time sink. Does it count if I have my facebook update my twitter and show up on my linked in and myspace?

I like to streamline where possible. It doesn't cut down on the play time, it just makes it seem like I am more productive. LoL.

Carolyn V. said...

On blogger and my Stats class portal. yuck.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Your'e definitely ahead of the game online than I am. I have no idea what Pandora or Rallystorm are, or well, even Google Chrome...but now, I think I will make it my mission to find out.

As for Facebook, I had to curtail my Farmville addiction. It was getting a little insane. My online farm was massive and my family was forgetting they had a mother. Alas, all my crops have long since died and my flowers have withered away...the sacrifices we make....

L.T. Elliot said...

Email, blogger, facebook, tweetdeck.

Email is my crack.

Melanie Avila said...

Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Google Reader... BUT I am very very VERY proud to say I have not visited a gossip blog in over a month. That's the longest I've gone since, oh... 2005. I still can't believe I've lasted so long!

(I am following my favorites on Twitter though)

Tamika: said...

Blogger. Blogger. Blogger. Soon to add Twitter. I'm uber excited about adding Twitter!

DL Hammons said...

In addition to those, I gotta check out my sports scores on ESPN as well.

Roxane B. Salonen said...

You know, I think I'm a little scared to find out! But perhaps someday soon I'll take a look and see just what I've been doing with my time. It's good to self-check every once in a while. Happy to be introduced to your blog after noticing my new follower today. Since I'm getting ready to write my first YA novel, I'm looking forward to the connection!

Marybeth Poppins said...

I may or may not be addicted to twitter. It's kinda up in the air!

Elana Johnson said...

Megan - YES! I'm all in. I tried to email you, but it was the no reply address. I'll pull up your real email in a sec.

And Elle, Google Chrome is the best Internet browser evah! I love it!

And I can't believe you guys don't know what Rallystorm is! I have a group there where we talk about what we're doing in our writing. It's awesome. I have a link over there on my sidebar. It's called the Writing Throwdown forum. It's awesomesauce!

Cat, yeah, the SCBWI boards are quite addicting. I need to get over there more, and then I feel panic because it's just one. more. thing.

DL - sports! How could I forget? ;-) Oh, wait. Those are on the TV which is also on while I've got my fifty million tabs open.

Terri Tiffany said...

Blogger first and foremost:)
Facebook next
Twitter--still getting the hang of that one!

Susan R. Mills said...

Definitely blogger. I imagine I probably spend a lot of time on my own blog. And, no, there's nothing wrong with that.

ash-krafton said...

Lately, mainly Duotrope with a past three-day intensive at the Pred/Ed poll site's tally page. More Facebook than I can comfortably admit. And Google(needed recipes, I SWEAR.)

I can honestly say Word has also been opened. And used. I haven't been *all* play this week. Just looked that way. :)

Jaime Theler said...

Ooo. Multiple Pandora accounts, multiple 40 hour limits. Love the idea! I also spend a lot of time on Once Pandora gets me good stuff I go make my own playlists.

I spend a lot of time on email (between my 4 email accounts), reading blogs, composing my own blog, and definitely Twitter.

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

Let's see *opens google chrome page* Mine is not too different from yours.

Blogger, Yahoo Groups page (my crit group), google, amazon (bad book shopping habit),, facebook, my own blog, and twitter.

Jackee said...

Goodreads has my heart as do the others you list. Also, I'm a world class lurker. Thanks for helping me come out of my shell by following, Elana, because I love your blog! :)

Tess said...

I took great comfort in Nathan Bransford's post last week about doing what you could and not worrying about the rest. I had been feeling guilty for not doing facebook or twitter. But, now I let it go.

No guilt.

really, none. dang it...maybe just a little.

Angela said...

Facebook, Blogger, The Critique Circle, Twitter, Runescape.

Yes, I play Runescape. *cries* Don't judge me!

LOL, great idea for a post!

Jonathon Arntson said...

Let's see how I compare:

1. Facebook
2. Goodreads
3. iGoogle (which is where I access Blogger, Gmail, and Google Maps)
4. Barnes and Noble
6. (the home of author John Green)

#3 sort of distorts things...

Dreamstate said...

Shelfari, my new obsession. Especially after the library told me that they couldn't print me a list of every book I checked out in 2009.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I'm on blogger, my e-mail, and my critique forum the most. I definitely need to cut down.

G said...

I am a rare breed.

I spend the bulk of my online time blogging/reading blogs and participating in chat rooms.

Chat rooms is where I did my boot camp for writing (it isn't easy to write something concise in under 750 words/4,000 characters), and I'm still there on a daily basis.

Some e-mail and a very minimal presence on FB.

Katie Ganshert said...

For SURE blogger. Hands down.

Southpaw said...

I procrastinate online way too much. ;) blogs, forums, email, rinse, repeat

T. Anne said...

I love your honesty! My parents were just here and I spent the whole time talking to them while my fingers hacked away at the keyboard sending a friend some file. I'm beginning to believe my laptop is a necessary appendage!

Melissa said...

I'm a blogger addict. Spend too much time on my blog and reading others. I recently added twitter, too. And there's my Yahoo Groups page for my crit group.

Jemi Fraser said...

I spend a lot of time on Blogger. A lot. I tend to eavesdrop on Twitter too. Haven't joined Facebook yet, and I think that's a good thing :)

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Hey, Elana! I spend it on FB, blogger, and Gmail. :0)

Bethany Mattingly said...

facebook, blogger, shelfari, amazon, email, and pandora. :)

Sharon Mayhew said...

blogger, twitter (still don't get it), querytracker, Yalitchat and google

I'm going to have to google Pandora and Rallystorm.

Lisa and Laura said...

We spend way too much time on blogger, facebook, twitter and email. My daughter officially hates my computer.

Daisy Whitney said...

Oh I love this! Mine shows Facebook,, GoodReads, my own blog and my wordpress admin page. It would show Twitter, but I access that from Tweetdeck.

Jennie Englund said...

Incredibly impressive cyber life!

elizabeth mueller said...

Facebook, Blogger, e-mail, Google...but, boy, does time go FAST!!!

Jessica said...

Blogs and e-mail. :-)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Wow, where do you find time to write a novel, Elana? ;)

I'm on facebook and I blog, though not as often as I should. As of last weekend, I have a twitter account. Now I have to figure out how to use it. :D Thank goodness there's Twitter for Dummies. I also hang out at Absolute Write, especially on the YA thread.

Amber Lynae said...

I spend way too much time online. it becomes a distraction to other things that I should be doing.

I just Facebook, email, google reader, my own blog (you aren't the only one), and amazon. As well as searching for various interior design inspirations.

Tara McClendon said...

I work online, so my tabs are different: Demand Studio, Stock Exchange, Suite101, Free Keyword at Wordtracker. And of course, Blogger.

storyqueen said...


And no facebook or twitter.

I get only one internet vice.


So, if you ever see me on twitter, tell me to shut up and go write.



Olivia Carter said...

Yeah, I've got Blogger, Google, Twitter, & Facebook.

I've heard Pandora is AMAZING! I really need to try it out. I don't get to listen to the radio often so I think I'd like to learn about some new music through Pandora.

B.J. Anderson said...

My blog (no it's not so wrong, lol), gmail, hotmail, facebook, flickr. I think I need to go write now.

Corra McFeydon said...

Facebook, Twitter, and my two critiquing sites - the Google Reader and the blogosphere.

WHAT did we do before the Internet???


This is just a quick note to let you know I left you an award at my blog:

from the desk of a writer

All the very best,
Corra :)

Judy Harper said...

I like your blog. I guess the first thing I do is check:
2.Facebook (Depending on what crops I have to harvest, are you in need of neighbors, I could use one.)
3.The Secret is in the Sause
4.Work (home or office)

Thanks for stopping by!

Michele Emrath said...

I'm with Elle, some of these are new to me - but I am very excited to explore then now!

For me: blogger above and beyond (my blogs, mostly), then facebook (I, too, have been sucked in by the black hole that is TikiWorld and FarmVille and SororityLife - aaaaaaaaahhh!)...Then I've been liking the blogcatalog site and GetGlue lately.

Gret blog you have here! Thank you for coming by mine!

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Terresa said...

Blogging. (Go ahead and just spank me now. It's a huge time sucker, although while I write & read blogs, I'm also building a platform and doing literary and pub world research. Yes.)

And Twitter, where I love the serendipity of finding juicy links. (chalks up to more writerly research)

Also some FB with my peeps, which is mostly socializing.

Kelly said...

Blogger, Facebook, Google, Verla Kay's board, various rock band sites, and recently at a site called Word Bubbles-a word game I'm currently obsessed with.

Lara said...

Well, looks like FB is not the place. Here is a reason why we should leave it:


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