Reflections on the Benefits of Blogging
What Blogging Has Meant to Me By Adele Gould   As 2013 draws to a close, I reflect on the past eight months or so, since the inception of this blog, and wonder why I didn't do this years ago. Looking back I can see that I was intimidated by my lack of knowledge about blogging, and lacked the confidence to learn. To add to that, it felt a little narcissistic to be writing about myself and my life, and expecting people to read it – but I now know that there are people all over the world  - people that I don't know - who might do a search on a topic that happens to be on my blog. This happens every single day - which I find most intriguing! I have always found writing to be very cathartic. I wrote when I was happy, I wrote when I was confused,  I wrote  to record important events -- but mostly I wrote when  I was sad - when my beloved granddaughter was diagnosed with cancer and subsequently passed away ,,, when each of my parents died ... when our dog died ... or when I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. But it's more than catharsis - it's also the creative aspect – I love to take words and create pictures that speak – pictures that are meaningful. Because it is my own blog, I have the freedom to choose – the topics, the length, the tone. It’s all up to me. On the banner at the top of my blog - next to my name - it says "revealing, resilient, real” - words ...
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Senior Blog for My Senior Years
  Senior Blog for My Senior Years Welcome to Senior Blog - my new toy!  Two months ago I was an ordinary, 66 year old grandmother with a passion for writing.  I’m still ordinary, I’m still 66 and I’m still a grandmother – but what was a passion for writing has blossomed into a passion for blogging – whatever that means! How Do You Get a Blog? Beats me! It sure helps to have to have children who grew up in the computer era.  Blogging is an integral part of their collective psyche, which is a bonus for me, because my twin sons created this blog site as a Mothers Day gift. They know how much I love to write, and they wanted my stories to be read by others instead of having them stagnating on my desktop. They put so much love, time and effort into this gift that it is incumbent upon me to learn how to use it. But alas! blogging has a language of its own (I call it ‘Blog-ese’) and my senior brain doesn't  digest newspeak like it used to.  If I want to cover senior issues (about which I am entirely too familiar)  I'm going to need lots of help with blogging.  It is not exactly a walk in the park to absorb this techno-babble, and I envy the generation who – in the blink of any eye – can make a new blog site. So much to learn – all this unfamiliar jargon!  What on earth is a dashboard? The last I heard it was part of a car.  RRS Feed?  Twitter?  Tweet?  Facebook? Tag? How on earth ...
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