I haven’t posted in a while. But here I am, posting.
Yesterday, I set up a web page for my husband. I already had one on another host site and decided to move it to WordPress. They actually have a handy dandy way of doing that now. A click here, a click there and BAM!, it’s done. Then you just have to tweek a few things.
Well, the import was easy. For a person born in the fifties, that is 1950s, AKA, The Happy Days, I have somewhat of a grip on techie things. At least compared to some of my peers. But over the last six months I have noticed an incredible advancement in the cyber-space world.
Understand, I love advancing. I love the computer thing even though that was almost syfy in my youth. I do not speak the techie lingo but I was still able to figure things out. Until yesterday.
After two to three hours of googling and reading great info in another foreign language – at least to me it was foreign – I sought help from WordPress. After going through lists of possible solutions, which is difficult if you don’t speak computerese, I found a person to chat with.
I fell in love. I have no idea if this person was male or female but by the end of our time together I promised them a fresh pie if they ever came to my town. They not only walked me through the steps but they actually understood what I wanted to do and were able to tell me in my language. Geniuses! I can’t say enough about them.
I have told my husband many times to please learn how to do the basics. I tell some friends the same thing who want nothing to do with computer stuff. But, in all reality, it is not going away. Well, unless we lose all power and zombie creatures come and take over the world as we know it. Don’t be afraid. Really. It’s hard to us, but how can we even begin to speak into our grand children if we are closed to the world they live in. Let them teach you.
Don’t get old. Take it from this Grandma – you CAN do it!
It has been eight days of blogging so far for the http://www.blogher.com/nablopomo November Challenge. I have to admit that it’s not as bad as I thought. Getting the blogs written and posted has been the easy part.
The hard part, for me, has been the fear and self doubt that comes at me with a vengeance.It is hard for me to hit “Publish” and then not check the number of views obsessively. I need to relax. If they find me then they find me. I have followed and liked and commented on other blogs in order to meet new people and check out different styles of creativity AND to build my followers. That has not been very successful for me – yet, and that is discouraging. I know I pressure myself and that is not good. I need to breathe and relax and just blog my heart out because I like it. So why wouldn’t others like it? Huh? I laugh at myself when I say this because I think I’m funny to think that others should love me as much as I love me. Hahahaha. Such an ego.
So I am learning that to get you must give. I must read more and comment more and encourage others more even if I hate them for being so popular. Hate is a strong word – I really am happy for their success, just a little envious. There. I said it. I am envious of all these talented younger people that understand the techie talk and the social media words and acronyms. I have my generation’s traditions stuck in my head and I’m trying hard to change. My sons help me with this but they make me sound like a social media bigot. I’m so sorry for that. I do not want to be that way.
I still have it in me that I must wear shoes after labor day and they must be brown or black or navy. Then on Memorial Day I can wear lighter coloured shoes and sandals. I don’t follow that rule but the words of my mother pop into my head each year on those days. So forgive me for that. I am trying to stay current and learn new things and am trying to understand why everyone wants an email or a text yet won’t answer them.?.?.?.
Now that I got that off my chest, I want to say that the blogging challenge has been very good for me. I am getting disciplined and accepting the challenges as opportunities to grow in this wonderful world of internet writing. It is fun. I love meeting people from all over the world and all the creativity out there is awesome!
So, read mine and follow me and comment. I like interaction. I enjoy learning from all my readers.
I’ve posted before about how I love technology. BUT I am by no means a wiz at it. I am 61 years old and I must say I do know more than most of my friends – but on the other side I know nothing compared to hardcore or even soft-core techies..
That said, I decided to put a translate button on my blog. I thought it would be easy. HA. I went to a page that was recommended to me only to sit there reading the step by step instructions followed by my mouth hanging open and drool forming in pools on the table – slight exaggeration. My head began to fill up with – I assume air – and felt like an explosion was about to happen. After I pulled myself together and thought – I can do ALL things through Christ……. – I read it again…. and again…. only to find out it wouldn’t work for me. After googling some more – TADA! Success. I think. If my post is in another language – one that you didn’t request – please let me know.
I just wonder why this techie stuff has to be in an entirely different language??????? I feel pretty smart anyway, now that I have The Button on my page.
Is that a word, techie? Spell check says there is so I guess I’m good. I’m 61 years old and just love to do things on the computer. By that I mean I absolutely enjoy creating and finding how to do creative things with technology. My school years were not spent on computers. Any typing we did was on a typewriter that didn’t plug in and involved ribbons and stuck keys and a lot of noise. In school we had electric typewriters. They were huge machines that were pretty high tech for us.
Recently I started a web page for my husband and I. Through the help of a friend I purchased a domain name and then went to a free web site page, www.weebly.com. The themes aren’t very beautiful to me, but for a beginning it suffices. Now I’m addicted. I want to constantly work on it and I’m limited. I want to learn codes but totally afraid and perhaps a bit too lazy to go that far. But think of the possibilities…….
I may have to back off and crochet something instead…..