Almost anybody who gets online on a regular basis has at least one website that they're addicted to. I happen to have a few, though typically when a new one comes along an old one gets pushed out. So far the sites I'm addicted to most are....
3. Facebook (yeah, still)
4. Teach in Alabama
1. Pinterest: This website is cool for almost anybody who loves looking at pictures of good ideas and wants to keep track of them all without having a Favorites list that, were you to copy and paste it into a Word document, would be longer than the Great Wall of China. It lets you surf the Internet at your leisure, and when you find a picture you think is pretty, or interesting, or shows a good idea, you just pin it to one of your virtual bulletin boards according to category. Some of my categories are cooking and baking, fashion, organization, and school. But you can create just about any category you want and pin any picture you want, and then other people on the site can look at your pictures and share new ideas. I've gotten so many cool organizing and classroom ideas in the last couple of weeks just from these pictures.
2. Polyvore: This particular site (which apparently I found a bit late in life) is all about fashion. I haven't spent much time exploring all the different options other than the one that lets you browse through thousands of clothing items and accessories and put outfits together, which you can then save to your account (it's free) and then pin to your Pinterest boards. Whatever your style is, you can search for items you like and make whatever crazy or elegant or work-appropriate outfits you like. It shows items from places like Target all the way up to high-end, couture, expensive stuff. So you can find stuff you could actually afford, or just dream.
3. Facebook: I know, I know. Facebook is "so high school." But hear me out. Most of my Facebook friends are in college or working now, and many are scattered across the country, some across the world. And let's face it, we don't always have enough time (sad as it is) to send a personal email to every person we ever knew. Also, there are people who you might not realize are interested in what you're up to, but through Facebook you can still let them know. My friends and I regularly post funny pictures, links, and quotes that we think others will enjoy, and we can easily invite a bunch of people to cool events we think they'd like. Yeah, it's easier, and it might make things a little less personal, but it doesn't offend me, and it lets me keep up with my friends I would have otherwise completely lost touch with.
4. Teach in Alabama: This is the state website that posts (almost) all of the job listings for teachers, aides, custodians, lunchroom workers, and administrators throughout Alabama. You fill out your online application and post it, and then you browse through the listings and click "apply" for however many jobs you want. It changes almost hourly during the summer, so I check it usually at a minimum of three times a day on weekdays. This is an addiction of necessity, not of boredom, though.
Well, there you have it: My top 4 addictive websites. We've all got our favorites, and these are mine. Not much else to say about those.
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