I missed last week’s Weekend Assignment because I didn’t get inspired with an answer for it until the week was nearly over, and by then I had the week’s posts all scheduled out. Therefore, this week you’re getting two Assignments for the price of one post (but I promise I’ll try not to go on too long with either one!).
Weekend Assignment #257: It’s just a hobby of mine…, via guest professor Laura
(Since this assignment is overdue, it’s not eligible for extra credit.)
I enjoy singing. Most of the time I am capable of carrying a tune in a bucket, so even if other people don’t enjoy my singing as much as I do myself, I hope it’s not too painful for them. For the most part, though, I sing a capella, unless you count whatever I’m singing with on the radio or iPod as a backing track. Other than my brief experience with the violin in elementary school, I’ve never learned to play a musical instrument, and I’ve always wished I knew how to play piano or guitar.
The piano would probably be my first instrument choice. My family had a piano when my sister and I were kids, and although we never got lessons, I taught myself to sight-read a little. The bigger appeal of the piano, though, is that it’s easier to follow the melody line and match it to a vocal, since it’s based on notes rather than chords, as the guitar is. The guitar definitely is cooler, though, and as long as you’re not talking about the electrified variation of either instrument, it’s certainly more portable than a piano.
I would hope that I’m not too old to learn to play an instrument, so what stops me from following up on this wishful thinking are the more prosaic obstacles of time and money. I’m thinking that maybe I should just give Guitar Hero a try instead, since we’ve already spent the money on that.
Is there a hobby you’ve always wanted to give a try?
Weekend Assignment #258: It’s a Small Web (After All)
Extra Credit: Have you had much online interaction with people from other countries?
Like it or not, my online and offline social circles don’t intersect all that much. Not many of my offline friends and family have become active on the Internet to the degree that I have. My husband and son both blog sporadically, and my sister is a fellow contributor to the Los Angeles Moms Blog. More and more of my “real” friends and family have joined Facebook, which is probably the social-media spot where I spend the smallest amount of time, so I don’t see them online all that often. It’s my loss, but unfortunately Facebook has gotten the short end of the stick in my Internet time-rationing, and that’s partly because I actually like spending time on blogging.
I hesitate to say that my offline friends are the only “real” ones, though. My connections with some of the folks I’ve gotten to know online are just as “real” to me. I’ve met a few of them in person, but the fact that I’m unlikely to physically cross paths with most of them doesn’t diminish those relationships. I enjoy meeting new people online and getting better acquainted with the ones I’ve already met via blogging and Twitter, which for the moment are meeting my social-media-interaction needs pretty well. I don’t have enormous social circles in either place – I think I have somewhere around 300 Twitter “followers,” and this blog’s follower/subscriber numbers hover anywhere between 150 and 180 (but occasionally drop to around 75), depending on how Feedburner is behaving on any given day. Since I’ve never been the life-of-the-party type, that certainly feels like a pretty wide ‘net to me!
As for the extra credit, I know that this blog has regular readers from Canada, England, Australia, Denmark, Japan, and India, and there may be more who haven’t introduced themselves via a comment yet – please feel free to do so, any time! I’ll be glad to return your visit. My online interactions with people from other countries are obviously somewhat limited by language, since I only speak, read, and write in English.
What are the boundaries of your online world – are they wide or narrow?