Presently, I’m enjoying happy hour at my local Starbucks taking advantage of the 50% off promotion to try a grande Green Tea Cream Frappacuino with whip cream. And I am doing so to kill time between work and a history lecture on King Kaumualii (What can I say? History geek, I never denied it). The thing about killing time as an info junkie is that you get into this mind suck, especially if you have an Internet conncection and decide to go through your list of things you want to research (What can I say? My blog is 411 Junkie for a reason).
You keep a list of things you want to research? Like seriously?
Yes, seriously! And maybe it’s not a specifically handwritten (sometimes it is though) or typed out, but at the very least it’s an on-going mental listing of things I’d like to read up on. Cough it up to my personality (which is an INTPer according to Meyer-Briggs and if you want a clue about what that is go check out my Pintrest board).
But I’m sitting at Starbucks thinking what makes me an info junkie? What exactly is an info junkie? This is just as hard as answering “what are you going to do with a European History degree?”
An info junkie, to me, is essentially a researcher. This is a person who has a variety of interests and tends to keep up with all of those interests when they can. For me, I keep tabs on blogging, writing, legal stuff, political stuff (and this is a very vague term because I’m not really engaged in presidential politics. It’s more of a general overview. Does that make sense?). I brush up on info security, administrative/executive assistant training, amateur radio stuff, computer stuff, and any points of history that pique my interest. And these range of subjects of course have sub-topics so things can get mighty complex.
And I love it.
But that is what an information junkie means to me. You look up anything and everything. Heck, I watch YouTube videos on ballroom dancing, how to play the piano, and language learning tips and tricks. I tend to subscribe to email lists on various topics just so I don’t forgot to look up something.
I love information and I love organizing information. Finding patterns and connecting the dots.
Which is why majoring in European History suites me. Learning how to gather data, analyze data, and then turn it into a pretty report is fun for me. I love hunting down snippets of information.
So, Information Junkie. That’s a job I love doing doing and someone I love being.