Ever try to teach an elderly parent how to perform the simplest task on their new tablet or computer? My mom (ok, she’s 92), is notorious for having documents “just disappear.” She has repeatedly told me and my siblings that her “writer” isn’t working. (What does that even mean?)
My father-in-law swears his new tablet doesn’t respond to the touch of his fingers. And although my husband set up a contact list and showed him all he has to do is touch the white envelope with the @ sign to send a relative an e-mail, he keeps his tablet in a drawer. It’s “too much to remember.”
Fast forward to this Blogging101 enrollee. I pay my bills online, live on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, play Words with Friends for hours, and communicate soley through texts and emails. Despite this incredible course, and support from The Commons, I have stressed out more than a few times. Although I’m 56, not in my 90’s, I’m struggling at times to make sense of the new terms and unchartered territory. And, (can’t believe I’m admitting this publically) I “lost” my downloaded header and still haven’t located spellcheck.
If you’re new to this whole blogging idea, let’s just acknowledge that technology induced ineptness can be on a scale according to age. And not to be age discriminate (where the heck is spellcheck?!) the following is probably geared more to the 50+ crowd.
How Not to Quit when Blogging 101 is a struggle:
- Really read through Josh’s assignment email to the end. Don’t try to skim through it, then “work it out.” If you get stuck, go back and read it again, following directions.
- Use the links in the emails, but concentrate on ONE task at a time. It’s easy to go off on tangents and forget your immediate task
- Read a lot of blogs, About pages, and check out formats. No need to reinvent the wheel.
- If it feels like work, that’s because it is! Don’t look for an easy way out.
- You’re behind closed doors. Nobody needs to know how many HOURS you spent trying to figure out how to embed, or upload, or find the elusive spell check!
- Be kind to your
elderly parentsself. You’re trying something new….at age _________(fill in the blank). And that can only be a good thing!
- Relax. And wine. Wine is good.