Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
When I am at work I get lots of actual work done. I am so efficient that I eat my lunch at my desk so I don't miss any calls or e-mails. But in reality, I'm online reading your blogs. Shhhh. Don't tell! In the event of an approaching boss or nosy cubicle neighbor I click on that little Show Desktop icon to shrink my non-business related windows in a jiffy. People must think I enjoy staring at my desktop a lot! Which I do actually. My desktop background is a terrific photo of my adorable nieces and nephews.
I like looking at what people select for their desktop image and screen savers. I think it tells a lot about them. My boss for example has the plain old default that came with his computer. This shows the world that he has zero technological ability. It could also be taken as someone who is no-nonsense, all work and no play. Except all of the old fashioned printed photos adorning his actual desk point to the contrary.
For his screensaver, Andy uses a rotating display of the various photos we have taken and stored throughout the years. He gets annoyed when it shows the same ones over and over instead of surprising him with some long forgotten memories. Which makes me think he spends more time watching his screen saver than he does doing work.
I think sometimes working parents feel obligated to use an image of their children as their desktop. Even though they'd really rather have a drool worthy photo of Johnny Depp or some such hunk-a-licious babe. I personally use my nieces & nephews photo to offset all the other snapshots pinned up of my various pets over the years or Red Sox related paraphernalia. It is funny because quite often, a client passing by to say hello will see that desktop shot and ask me if those are all my kids! Considering they are all so close in age I would have been out of work getting knocked up or giving birth more often than Mrs. Duggar.
Some people have bizarre cartoons or graphics that are hilarious only to them - an inside joke that makes them smile whenever their computer is on hiatus. But it is a lot better than the companies who require their logo to be displayed or nothing at all so as to not disrupt the effectiveness of the operating system. Fuddy duddies.
The next time you pass someone's computer or laptop take a look at their desktop background or screensaver selection. This decor has almost taken the place of the old personal knick knacks on desks. These days lots of people don't even have desks - they just have desktops. So the images they choose to display set the tone of who they are all about. What does yours say about you?
What's your desktop background? Your screensaver? How often do you change it? How did you come to select it? Of course it has a certain meaning to you. What do you think it says about you to others?