Seven Tabs

 Posted by at 8:46 pm  Behind the Blog
Apr 252012
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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.

Tab #2: Savvy Eats & Tab #3: Life of Blyss


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!!]

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  10 Responses to “Seven Tabs”

  1. loved this post! what you do for julie and alyssa is so sweet. i wanna do a post with my 7 tabs except they’re not quite as exciting as yours 🙂

  2. What a great idea! You’re right, it does say a lot about me that my first tab is Wunderlist, my to-do list manager, my second is Hootsuite for Twitter, and during scatty weeks my third is Toggl, a time management site.

    The trick for Julie and Alyssa is really clever! I would never have thought of that.

  3. My starting tabs of choice are pretty predictable (and the sites I spend 95% of my time on): gmail, my work email, google docs, reader, facebook.

    I read all my blogs through Reader and then click through if I want to leave a comment. Reading your post makes me feel a little bad about that (I think we’ve had this conversation IRL before), but I have so many sites that I love I’d have to start browsing with like 38 tabs open. I don’t think that would work too well.

  4. sometimes when i don’t have much to do, i’ll just click around on my favorite blogs to give them pageviews too. 🙂 i love that you do that regularly w/ julie & alyssa!

    i only have 2 tabs to open – gmail and pandora…

    not sure what that says about me. but that never lasts long. i open up my document of blogs that i like to check in on (i stopped using google reader…) and click on all of my favorites that i want to check – right now i’ve got 13 blog tabs open and that’s after reading about half of them already! 🙂

  5. blend, froach (love that), or just some plain ‘ol girl on the street, I adore you to pieces. 🙂 and you know you get pageview clickies from me, my dear.

    those sharkies better be coming to you fast. I can’t wait to hear how much you like ’em.

  6. As much as I love the term “blend,” I’m not sure how I feel about “froach.” Too much like creepy crawly roaches.

    I laughed out loud at this part: ” I am sure some of you rolled your eyes when THS was tab one, and sighed heavily when you saw Julie in tab two.”

  7. My old laptop opened to google (factory setting) my new one opens to a blank grey tab… And! I’m lame 🙂

  8. Mine are Google, Yahoo, my school outlook email page, Facebook and Pandora (love listening to music at all times). It definitely does say a lot about people from what they look at most on the internet, the scary thing is that any site you’ve ever visited is still on your hard drive and can be tracked by the government (conspiracy!).

  9. My tabs are Twitter and Gmail.Two great things that I usually use for work and for.. leisure. ha ha! 🙂 Hey! It’s always a nice idea to be that aware of the people around you, right? 🙂

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