1. Do you use social connections, like Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in or whatever else there is? Describe how you use it/these. I use Facebook all the time. It is the primary way I stay connected to many friends and some family members. I enjoy the opportunity to see photos from others and to post my own photos. I like the links to news articles, which I might not otherwise see.
2. Do you text on your cell phone? Work, friends, family? Yes. all. I once spent a great deal of time texting with a parishioner who had a loved one in the hospital. This person joked, who would have thought that pastoral care would come in the form of texting? But it seemed to work for that particular situation. My husband, my kids, my brothers – we all text. And I text with a few of my friends and other parishioners.
3. Do you play any games? Which ones? No. I don’t play Farmville or any other of the Facebook games. I play a great deal of computer scrabble, but not an online version. I do however respond to a couple of requests from a small group of friends who send me stuff for Farmville. I am okay helping them out. I just don’t feel like playing…I have enough distractions, I guess.
4. How do you predominantly use the various electronic devices you possess? Oh, geeze. Totally addicted. I use them first thing in the morning by checking the couple of tweets I still allow from the RevGals and my bank. Then I check email and Facebook on my iPad. Later I may write something on my blog via my laptop. At the church I work on the parish website on my desktop. All day long I do a lot of emailing, iPad, laptop, iPhone, and desktop – all of them are used for emails. In the evening, lately, I loose myself for hours playing Scrabble. Before Scrabble it was Angry Birds, and before that it was Solitaire. Scrabble is usually the last thing I do before turning off the light and going to sleep. It’s ridiculous.
5. How do you feel about blogging? Are you as involved in blogging as when you first started? What facilitates your blogging? I am not quite as involved in blogging as I was when I first started, but I have maintained a fairly high level of blogging for years, and reading other bloggers, too. I miss my friends who have stopped blogging or rarely blog.
Bonus: Anything you want to add. You might like to discuss what helps you most in your vocation with internet connections… Learning to work on the parish website is a huge learning curve. It really isn’t much different from blogging, once one learns how it works. The website we use is intended to be easy, user friendly – which it mostly is, once I have learned how to add content, move content, and delete. But it is also very limited in what I can do – I can’t change the template, I can’t change the core elements. I can only add or delete within the highly defined categories. Still I find that keeping the content fresh is worthwhile – people do check out the website and it communicates a great deal about who we are.