This week’s Discover Challenge: Analog, has given me much food for thought. I have considered my own transition from the analog to digital world: what I like, dislike; embraced, rejected; considered, disregarded. I considered friends who have very definite analog pursuits like reading print books, listening to vinyl records, scrapbooking vacations & special occasions. Even closer to home was Older Daughter, who has a long-standing fascination with fountain pens & developed a related interest in calligraphy.
I was very much at a loss to name analog passions I engage in as I came to the realisation that I have embraced many things digital, and in fact, if not for technology, would find it difficult to enjoy many of these activities.
For example, I spend lots of time reading. I had given up for a while because I found it difficult to read even larger print trade books (reading glasses give me a bit of a headache). I resisted using a tablet to read because I felt it to be too unauthentic. But when I actually gave it a chance, my reading ability picked right up again – option for Very Large Print. I have also started following many blogs, especially on WordPress – what a wonderful source of great & inspirational reading material!
In the arena of cooking & baking, my repertoire expanded because of my access to Instagram, online recipes, cooking blogs. I still buy recipe books because I do love looking at photographs of food, but without these wonderful online sources, I think I would not try so many new recipes & new foods (eg. my new fascination with vegan baking although I am only Almost Vegetarian).
I do not consider myself a photographer. My experience with photo-taking was limited to mostly holidays. But with the availability of a decent phone camera, I’m snapping happily at most everything! I still marvel at those with “real” cameras and the wonderful things they can do with them, but it is definitely too technical for me and seems like really hard work. My camera phone does me just fine.
Having mostly embraced technology happily & wholeheartedly, there are still a few analog things I appreciate & enjoy: Loving Husband & I still write love letters to each other (with pen & paper), and both Daughters look forward to the handwritten birthday cards & letters each year. We play board games & card games as a family (although we do play online games on our own, and we use the Wii occasionally). Browsing in bookstores is one of our favourite past-times, especially in the Bargain Books Corner; we are still book buyers, as our creaking & over laden shelves can attest.
There is one activity which I have chosen to remain analog: singing with hard copy scores. In the interest of saving paper (from photocopying) or buying more hymn books or score books, I tried using the iPad to download scores from which to sing. Not only did I find it frustrating to navigate the equipment (I kept swiping the score page shut instead of turning the page), I also found it very difficult to track the notation on the device. So, I decided that I would return to using old fashioned hard copy scores (sorry, trees!)
What about you: what do you enjoy in the new digital form? are there any analog pursuits you enjoy?