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Challenge of the Week: Visit A New Website Everyday
Like the number of books or movies on this planet, once upon a time, it could all be done in a lifetime, but nowadays, the number that of books and movies that have come into existence have rendered it impossible for anyone to watch or read in their lifetime. The number of websites was once limited and if you were lucky enough to be born before the dawn of the Internet, you could visit all the websites in existence. Nowadays, you would never be able to visit all the websites on the Internet in your lifetime, as the number continues to increase.
When Google began indexing websites, it would index every website, legit or not, and actually show off the number it had in its records. As Google began to grow and become more advanced, creating formulas to no longer index every single website, the number of websites that existed actually dropped.
Today, there are almost a billion websites in existence with new websites being created every second of every day. Whether these websites turn out to be created by businesses or individuals, the number of websites is only increasing at a rapid rate. Companies might simply advertise their business or actually open e-commerce stores online, while individuals might create entertaining websites and blogs for the world to read, or sell their own products. There are websites that specialize in just about anything and everything, from useful knowledge to useless random information.
There are websites that exist that focus on cats, dogs, the animal kingdom, bacteria, technology, computers, gardening, food, news, social media, futuristic theology, philosophy, psychology, and just about everything you can think of including a primary and popular use for the Internet: the distribution and consumption of pornography.
Comparing the Internet to the universe, this is a map of the entire Internet. The average number of websites that the majority of us visit in our a daily routine is less than 1%. We tend to acquire our favorites, bookmark them, and incorporate them into our daily lives, and while we may find ourselves visiting some new websites and articles through a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, or Triberr feed, this is really the only way we actually discover newer websites and pages on the Internet.
Website technology is also increasing with human demand and our needs for visual stimulation and entertainment. Your challenge this week is to seek out a new website everyday, one that you have never visited before, and to find interesting content on it. Whether you are new to this website, or wishing to read a few websites that you have come across, but never taken the time to really visit them and see what they have to offer. This week, take time to visit those websites, at least a few minutes to an hour out of your day that are not your typical visited websites.
If you are a frequent visitor of social media or a news website, try visiting other websites that do not include social media, or a different news site than the one you are used to visiting. Some of my favorite websites that I have frequented in the past year that might be new to you:
Some websites that may help you in your journey:
Another underrated feature to discover new and random websites is from Google.com. Navigate to the search engine and click on “I’m Feeling Lucky” without typing anything in and it will take you to a random website.