Here’s a fun way to get to know someone better – ask them what homepage opens when they open a browser. For example, one of my co-workers set his homepage to Google, which I believe points to his desire for access to information constantly at his fingertips.
Here’s what happens when you open Chrome, my browser of choice, on my laptop – seven tabs appear in the window, giving you a view into my life.
Tab #1: Then Heather Said
Vain? Perhaps. I truly like to check in on my site every time I’m on my computer. It’s nice to see things are in order, and it gives me a chance to see which of the rotating ads are running currently. I think this tab tells us that I value the visual appearance and design of my blog.
While it’s true that both Julie’s and Alyssa’s blogs are on the list of 28 blogs I read every day because I enjoy the content they publish, there is one single reason why there blogs remain as tabs on Chrome. I like to give them a page view each time I’m online, to help increase their earned ad revenue. They are my friends, and I support what they are doing on their sites. It’s just one small way I can support them further. I think this tells us that I care about my friends’ successes.
Tab #4: Hey Runner Girl
This website was a suggestion from Alyssa. Since I consider her one of my personal online-running-froaches [yeah – friend + coach. It’s gonna be a thing!], I had to take her advice and commit to a bit of good looking wit each and every day. I think this tab tells us I know the importance in taking one quick moment to smile, no matter how busy you may be at the time.
Tabs #5 & #6: Gmail – for me and for HLB
Oh, E-mail – you rule my life. I can never seem to keep the inboxes at zero for too long. I have found, however, that having the inboxes open as soon as the internet loads helps me to get right down to it. It’s simply the idea that because I’m already “here” in my email, I’m not going to jump around to a million social media sites and blogs to distract myself for 78 minutes before I realize, “OH! I was here to DO something….” I think these two tabs show that I am trying not to waste time when there is work to be done. [usually…ahem.]
Tab #7: Healthy Living Blogs
I check in on HLB for the same reasons as THS, really. I want to make sure the site isn’t looking weird [spoiler alert: there is a new HLB design in the works!] and that the posts are going up as scheduled. I think this suggests that I am passionate about the HLB community and care about the site.
There you have it! Of course, what you think these tabs suggest about my personality could be vastly different from my own theories. I am sure some of you rolled your eyes when THS was tab one, and sighed heavily when you saw Julie in tab two. But I’m a-okay with that. I’d judge your tabs, too. [and now I’d like to know what you open to automatically, please. Let the judgment begin!!]