Senior Blog for My Senior Years

 

Senior Blog

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.

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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 am I going to master this?  My age and stage sticks out like a sore thumb when I try to engage my grandchildren in a discussion about my new senior blog.  Mind you, they think it’s kind of cool that their old Granny is entering the 21st century.  A bit late perhaps – but better late than never.

Creating Blogging Pages

Blogging pages must, I’m told, be clear and inviting to look at, the content  must be original and intriguing,  and – apparently –  I must be prolific.  Well – ‘clear and inviting’ was taken care of by my sons before I knew anything about this. ‘Original and intriguing?’  Well – to me it is, since I wrote it.  But my opinion doesn’t count.   Prolific?  Well, I’m fortunate to have a head start in that I have stories that I’ve already written –  which now sit proudly on my blog site.  But I’m told that if I want to keep people visiting my site, I must write, write, write!  Maybe that’s why they call it blogging? …  kind-of like jogging? … I have to keep moving forward at a steady pace.  But I’m scared that my creative juices will  shrivel up and die once I’ve used up the ideas currently churning around in my overtaxed brain. If I’m lucky, these ideas will see me through a couple of months of blogging, and then what? Of course I could navel-gaze – but who (besides my husband) is interested in what I had for breakfast this morning?  In my blissfully ignorant, pre-blog days, I thought that having a seniors blog meant that I could publish my completed material and then sit back, put my feet up, and enjoy the marvellous accolades that are so sure to come pouring in ad infinitum.  Wrong!!

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 Spreading the Word about my Senior Blog

To add to the above demands, I also have to learn how to spread the word amongst my fellow seniors if I want to direct them to my site – failing which it will die a slow and painful death.  So my sons  are trying to teach their senescent mother about keywords, about Twitter, Facebook and a host of other totally confusing ‘social networking’ sites.  Social networking?  Geez!  If I’m not socially networked at my age there is just no hope for me!   Apparently I  have a whole bunch of new ‘friends’ on Facebook – ‘friends’ who have never even met me!!   So what do I actually do on  these sites?   Not a clue!  So I grab the telephone to call my sons for a lesson.   What exactly is a ‘tweet’, and when did ‘tweeting’ become a form of human communication? My eyes glaze over as my kids do their level best to enlighten me.   When did the tables turn?  It seems that there comes a time in a mother’s life when her children know more than she does!  The teacher has become the student.  Alas, all I wanted to do was write, not learn a foreign language, especially during my twilight years.   But after my kids went to all this trouble to create such an amazing blog so that others could read my stories, how could I disappoint them? And let’s call a spade a spade:  I wouldn’t exactly cry if I had my fellow seniors  at the other end of the world reading my blog!  Uh oh!  Gotta run!    Time for my next Blog-ese lesson!  Now isn’t that tweet! (see Computer Addiction and  About Adele Gould)

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Posted on June 21, 2013 by Adele Gould
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