Girls Write Out
Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My name is Colleen Coble and I'm an Internet addict. I know it's a shock to you, but it's true. I should only check email two or three times a day but I have my computer set up to check it every minute. And I'm a master googler. That confession out of the way, I'm going to tell you about two websites I'm especially fond of. The first one is Twitter. Have you heard of this? It's a way to quickly tell people who "follow" you what you're doing. My mother called before I could call her and tell her the realtor was showing our house. I said, "you must have talked to Dave (my brother)." She said, "No, I saw it on the internet." There was a long pause on my side as I tried to remember blogging about it. Surely I didn't. Then I remembered. Twitter. "You follow me on Twitter?" I asked, incredulous at the thought that my MOM was following me. "It's the only way I know what you're doing all the time," she said. I was flabbergasted. LOL Anyway, Twitter is great! I first found it by following Thomas Nelson head Mike Hyatt. Go here if you want to follow me:

The second website is a new one for me since I've been on that leptin resistant diet, and I LOVE it! It's called SparksPeople. Weird name, I know, but you can track your nutrition and exercise. There are forums for hypothyroids like me and other forums. VERY cool. It's got great social networking as well as great tools and information. Here's the site:

So fess up. What's your addiction besides chocolate and coffee? What's your favorite website?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:36 AM  
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At 10:40 AM, Blogger Jaime said...
I'm a junkie

Other addiction? My husband! :)

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...

Twitter, twitter, twitter. I keep hearing about that service, but do you have to text to use it? I'm still a texting holdout.

Addictions, hmmm. Reading. Writing. Email. Reading blogs.

Favorite websites, hmmm. (use it often). GirlsWriteOut. Google Maps. Wikipedia. LoopDeLoopsInLaLaLand (Kay is thought provoking). Agent sites. NovelJourney--just to name a few.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Tricia said...

I am becoming a Facebook addict! I originally got on to check up on my teens and make sure all as aboveboard.

But, well, it's kinda fun!

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Jaime and Tricia, don't those weird things on facebook drive you crazy? Like the different invitations to everything under the sun?

I don't text either, Megan. I use twitter on the internet. I keep it open in a tab and update whatever I'm doing occasionally through the day. Only takes a few seconds.

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Colleen, I'm following you! *muahaha* Er, just kidding...just harmlessly on Twitter. Heh :)

On Facebook, you can mark different apps as spam when you get invited so you don't get the invite again. The vampire bites? Eesh! Drove me NUTS. Even though I am now a Twilight fan, I'm in no hurry to become immortal.

I'm going to take my bad puns and go away now.

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I didn't know that, Kayla! I'll have to remember that.

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Cool that you're following me, Kayla! LOL I didn't realize!

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

The London Daily Mail. It's my homepage. There is something so refreshing about the honest way the Brits give their news. No political correctness here. It can be a little vicious, but I have to say, it's honest.

I'm especially interested in the news in Georgia right now, since I have a good friend who lives in Tiblisi. The reason this is important is Russia is threatening any country trying to be a democracy. America is not good with finding International news.

I'm also addicted to Craigslist. Buying and selling stuff I don't need.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Dave reads that paper all the time online too. I have to admit I don't care about international news. I'm tired of the U.S. being the world's police. Every time we try to help, we get kicked in the teeth. I'm sick of it. Let other countries do it for a change.

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

There are a lot of other countries fighting for democracy in the world. Britain, Canada, Italy, Germany. This is not an easy battle ever, but I feel it frees people from the horrors of communism and elitism. Did you know 70,000 kids a year are kidnapped in China? And it's part of life there, they accept it. Rich people buy the poor people's babies, and they can't afford to look for them or get them back. There are brokers who do this. If the baby is a boy they get more money. And their cuteness is a huge factor.

I feel really strongly about living too safely. I don't think anything can be done in the Sudan, though. The problems are too big. China at least wants to live in the world stage.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

And I feel really strongly about people taking responsibility for their own lives. Our freedom wasn't handed to us, we fought a huge, powerful nation for it. And won. People don't appreciate what they don't work for anyway. Which is probably why we get kicked in the teeth all the time when we interfere.

At 7:09 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

FB here too. LOVE it.
Also eBay. is a new one for me.

The GWO blog gets checked daily. So does Angela Hunts alifeinpages blog.

And the best new one I've found is NoiseTrade. is a site where independent artists have made their music available for FREE! It's LEGAL and all you have to do is enter 3 email addresses per CD download. Most of the artists are Christian.

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I can see I need to check out Facebook more carefully. LOL Oh wait, that's feeding my internet addiction! LOL

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Okay, I get it about Facebook! I just went there for the last half hour. It's sort of like Twitter where you can see everyone's updates and comment. I get it!

At 7:43 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Did you know that you can authorize Facebook to let Twitter update your status on Facebook? Very cool.

At 8:40 PM, Blogger Krista Phillips said...

I still haven't decided on the twitter thing yet. I am queen of multi-tasking, so I think I would confuse people. Plus, wow, I can't manage my full day as it is.

My addictions?

Uh, the Internet is a big one for me too. I do the facebook thing, used to do the myspace thing but not so much anymore. I also liked linkedin for business purposes, and of course blogging. I also recently made my own website (there really is a now, imagine that!), so now I am having fun playing with html stuff on that. (it is still slightly under construction... I just played with it one night to have SOMETHING up)

I USED to have an addiction to 'chatting' but not so much anymore. It comes and goes, but is SO addicting so I usually just try not to:-) (they are christian chatrooms of course! LOL)

So, now I'm sure in the next month or so (or week or so) I'll have to go try out twitter and see how difficult it is for me to add to my day.

Thanks alot for giving me a new possible addiction!!!!

At 10:02 PM, Blogger Kimbers said...

Hello my name is Kimberly and I am addicted to the computer. As soon as I learned Colleen had a Facebook I had to ask to be her friend....and have contributed to her internet addiction as well...because she accepted me within about half an hour!

Of course, I read GWO each day. I also regularly visit amazon and update my reading wish list. Then publish it on Kaboodle just in case a wonderful hubby wants to know which books I need to read. The other website I follow is Mark Batterson's blog at, he is an amazing pastor and author.

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

See, Kimberly, you just proved my addiction. I'm always "on." LOL

At 10:14 PM, Blogger Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

I Twitter and love it. But since I've been on Facebook, it seems to suck all of my time and I haven't been Twittering as much :) I also love GoodReads for my book-ish-ness :)

Going to follow you now!

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I like goodreads too, Stacy!

At 10:37 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

Another online addict here. The only time I shut the computer down is when I go on vacation, lol. You never know if you might wake up at 3am and need to check your email - or the weather - or the current news - or someone's blog.

I just joined Facebook right before I came over here tonight! I feel so up-to-date! :)

Some favorite websites:

At 10:38 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Well, go add me, Hotcoffee! LOL

At 11:02 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...




At 9:28 AM, Blogger Kay Day said...

Aww, Megan... thanks for the props! LOL Blogging is one of my addictions.

I joined Twitter a while back, but didn't do anything with it because I was confused about it. I also thought I would have to use text and I also am a text holdout. But a friend of mine on Facebook (addiction) told me I should join, so I got back on there and figured the thing out. I added you, Colleen, before I read this post.

I am also addicted to computer games -- not one in particular, but I need to play at least one per day.

I am addicted to reading.

I am addicted to potato chips.
and cheese.

Unfortunately I am also addicted to sugar, but I think all Americans are. I have to get back on that wagon, and soon!

At 11:17 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Kris, I can't believe you included Canada in that list. Really? Canada fighting for ANYTHING?

Paperbackswap is a huge addiction, too. I have 50 books on my shelves that I haven't read yet. I read a lot and often, but I just keep getting more coming available on my wishlist so I can't seem to get ahead.

At 11:34 PM, Blogger Carole said...

I love the Spark website, Colleen! I've lost 30 pounds so far, and love the social part. One of my favorite teams is a Christian book group.

At 1:55 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Facebook, Yahoo News, my own blog and another friend's blog, and Girlswriteout--naturally.

I also have a thing about busting myths and urban legends with "facts," so I, too, am a master googler.

I am a little disappointed in myself this summer. How can I say (when I return to school this fall) that I spent my summer wasting time on Facebook? Ok, I've read 25+ books, too. Books are my other addiction. Still, it's not a very noble thing to say when my colleagues will report they've painted prize-winning masterpieces (or their apartments), written novels, or created the perfect iced tea recipe. I have three weeks until school begins. Maybe I can accomplish something noteworthy; but first, let me check my Facebook. :)

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Addiction, you say? SLEEP! LOL! I could sleep almost any time of day or night. And if I get bored, I lay down and rest. Trouble is, there isn't many times when I'm bored...unless I'm procrastinating something that should be done.

Since I work from home and will become a SAHM one day, I'm sure there are things I should be doing other than sleep, but that bed beckons, and off I go! ZZZZZZZZ

Technologically speaking, it's email and surfing the web, but these days I don't get a lot of personal emails, so I make great use of the "delete" key. :)

Ok, back to the chocolate!

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Good for you, Carole! I've lost about 11.


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