Lately I've been thinking about the concept of browsing. Whether it's done in a library, bookstore, yard sale, or online, browsing offers us the luxury of a leisurely examination of information. I remember when I used the internet for little more than browsing, it felt like shopping and voyeurism rolled into one. However, somewhere along the way I stopped browsing and started searching. Search engines and search features within sites have all but done away with our need to browse for information, delivering instant results to match our criteria. I realize now that there was an element of pleasure that was lost when I began treating my computer as an encyclopedia.
Blogging, or at least browsing through others' blogs is one way to bring that element of leisure back to the examination of information we do online. I can look all I want without obligation to reply. I might even learn something. Other web technologies, like Flickr, offer the same browsing pleasure I've been missing without even knowing I was missing it! Maybe that's what prevented me from keeping up with technology this long, it had lost its' appeal. I'm definitely interested now and am working at trying to piece together exactly how the bricks-and-mortar library fits into the puzzle.