Configuring how much of the web one allows to take up time in their life, methinks, tends to form half by personal need, and half by how availability is structured.
One question that concerns me is just how safe or unsafe a Wifi Hot Spot is. What does exactly "unsecured" mean? A person told me that he has no Wifi service because he lived in a Hot Spot. If I blog once a week, then I can access at a business with free Wifi, have a meal or cup of coffee, and enjoy being out and about around folks. That sounds better to me than being at home lost for hours on the Internet.
Is the comfort of home, in Internet terms, over rated?
The answer probably depends on life style. If you tether yourself to being online, then being in the comfort of your home might feel best, but as you think about being out and about, home comfort might be less important. I believe some home comfort transference, to a cell phone or tablet, creates a new personal environment dimension. Not being online allows me to engage in life beyond the keyboard for a balance tailored to Me and Internet.
Blogging to those who do or read blogs might understand that blogging is a way of keeping in touch with the Outside World. Blogging doesn't fit the model of if you can do that, then you can do this because posting carries a measure of socializing that has a larger private setting, the security of the keyboard,( than speaking in public does). I don't feel I am out there in the world because I blog. I feel I am writing to y'all via my blog. For those of us old enough to have experienced letter writing, receiving and reading, that might make more sense.
In the last 10 years I read fewer blogs. When I do go looking for new blogs to read, I find fewer that appear to be clones of each other like in years gone by. Along the way I've lost and gained favorite blogs. Glitches are less on Blogger than they use to be. However, Comments appears to be going through a full Moon phase. There are a few blogs where my published comments no longer show up. There's no way to know if I've been blocked or if it's a glitch.* If you are missing me, then that might be a reason. Overall, blogs feel to me to have more substance, more solid interesting posts even if only a photo and caption. That isn't because blogs are different. I appreciate them more.
Instagram is still going strong as a replacement for bloggers. (I love Instagram, but don't log in regularly.) The new blush of cyber communicating, I feel, is the Podcast. (I'm presently working on a post about how to set up a Podcast.) YouTube videos also appear to be a blogging alternative. I look to YouTube for music and tutorials, and thus miss the full range of what that venue offers. The Podcast is appealing to me for reasons that have yet to settle like falling leaves on the ground, knowing their place in the cycle is transforming.
*Firefox Mozilla updates might be part of the glitch. I found a block on pop ups I don't recall setting. After clicking that off, comments appear on blogs where they didn't show up.