we first make our habits, then our habits make us

I haven't done this in a long time. The idea is to type each letter of the alphabet, one at a time, into the address bar of your browser. Take the top URL and type it next to the appropriate letter in the list. This works best if you haven't cleared your cache/history in awhile. So here's mine from today. (I'm listing two for a few that have a very obvious first answer.)

A: [redirects] http://smile.amazon.com/ (at least once a day)
2nd choice: http://ardc.org/ (weird)
B: blogger.com (surprise!)
2nd choice: [my small bank in the former location]
C: http://curiousasacat.blogspot.com/ (the source!)
D: daily-chronicle.com (the old area newspaper)
E: en.wikipedia.org
2nd choice: http://www.ebay.com/ (very weird)
F: facebook.com
2nd choice: [only specific searches match]
G: gmail.com
2nd choice: https://www.goodreads.com/
H: www.healthpartners.com/public/health/preventive-guidelines/ (I never would have guessed that one!)
I: http://www.indeed.com/
J: [only specific searches match]
K: [only specific searches match]
L: linkedin.com
2nd choice:  http://listography.com/
M: [the public site for my employer]
N: nelsonstonebarn.com
O: [the access site for ebooks from my former source]
P: poets.org
Q: quotegarden.com (one of the sites that solves my daily dilemmas!)
R: realtor.com/
S: sitemeter.com (which is a habit I've really got to get out of, since their functioning is so limited as to be fairly well worthless. I just wish the archival data was extractable!)
2nd choice: [the access site for ebooks from my current source]
T: target.com (though I've never purchased anything from the site)
U: usps.com (change of address. Again.)
V: [only specific searches match]
W: [the hometown newspaper]
X: http://www.xcelenergy.com/ (more power!)
Y: yahoo.com
2nd choice: https://www.youtube.com/
Z: [only specific searches match]

What do I take from this? That my habits - on this computer, anyway - are pretty mild, and that I don't often stray from my faves.

[from the usual source; the title quotation is by John Dryden]

1 comment:

  1. I think I may do this again pretty soon. I log into my Google account at the reference desk most days, so I got some really AWESOME hits when I spot-checked yesterday. ;-)

    Speaking of Google--do you look at/use their analytics?