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social-media-makes-me-readIf you have known me for any length of time, you likely know that I don’t consider myself a reader. If you’ve asked me if I’ve ever read (Insert Title Here), I probably stopped you halfway through your question to tell you, “I’m sure I haven’t. I don’t read.”

There are a lot of reasons why I don’t read. And typically if people are talking about enjoying reading or relaxing through reading or how reading is a hobby of theirs, they are talking about reading books and nothing else.

A few years back when I blogged and read dozens of other blogs just about every day, I received a comment on a post where I mentioned not being a reader, that said:

Don’t say that you don’t read. You do read. You just don’t read books. But you definitely read.

At that moment, my entire viewpoint on reading changed.

I am a reader, damn it!

I read thousands of words every day.

I read social media blogs, business and tech news sites, and online newspapers.

I constantly pick up article links from Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

My absolutely favorite reads arrive in my inbox.

If I have 20 tabs open in my browser, there’s a good chance at least 10 of them are articles I plan to read.

It turns out that after all these years of loathing reading, social media was what I needed to begin to enjoy it. Social media turned me into a reader (albeit not a book reader). I think it’s because social media makes it so easy to consume exactly and only the kind of information you want to read about. It’s the absolute best a la carte reading method available.

And I’m all about the a la carte lifestyle. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we were able to choose a little but of this and a little bit of that with every part of our lives?