The advent of the internet and affordable recording devices has resulted in widespread sharing (some might say oversharing) of one’s life over the web.
Like many (at least, judging by the view counts on Youtube), I’m inexplicably a big fan of taking authorised, non-pervy peeks into the lives of random strangers (a sentence I realise has no way of not coming off slightly skeevy-sounding, unfortunately). Reading personal blogs would fall under this so I guess this extends to a large chunk of the people in the blogsophere but there are a few specific other types of sharing that I love to watch/read as well.
A Day in My Life
I’ve seen several places on the web where people post this (the one I visit the most being the biggest ADIML Livejournal group). Basically, people post up pictures of them taken throughout a typical day in their lives from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed. Although some will choose special days to post about (birthdays, concerts, trips etc.), I much prefer browsing through the more “normal” ones which don’t revolve around Events.
What’s in My Bag?
This is a particular favourite of mine and has been done on a whole variety of sites ranging from Lifehacker to The Verge and Youtube, where it’s particularly popular. As the title goes, people share the contents of their bags (with many generating separate entries for school bags, work bags, travel bags etc.) and, sometimes, share how they organise these bags as well.
What’s on My Phone?
This is really similar to the one above, only it focuses on the apps that people have, what they do with them, and how they organise them. Again, it’s particularly popular on Youtube, which I think would be the perfect platform to do app demonstrations and is a great way to discover awesome apps (or new ways to use apps you already have).
This is How I Work
One of the things I look forward to the most on Lifehacker, this weekly column features prominent people (most commonly CEOs of tech companies) and, well, how they work. The column covers a whole gamut of questions involving workspace setups, daily routines, work flows and time-saving lifehacks and provides intriguing insight into how some of the most outstanding minds in the field work. I’ve gotten so many great little tips from this one.
What about you, dear reader? Do you watch/read these kinds of webposts/videos? What do you like/dislike about them?