What Have I Been Doing?
Now that is a good question. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to blog on a daily basis, once a week or every two weeks. I am still not sure but I need to blog more period! Learning WordPress had me running for the hills, scared I wouldn’t be able to do it. Reading a post on Linkedin.com, someone about this book called “Teaching Yourself Visually WordPress by Janet Majure, I set out to research the book. Seemed like something I could easily understand and grasp.
Wanting to at least make my blog professional looking, I am now reading this well put together book. The steps are laid out in such a way that they are numbered and the steps tell you to click there and click here. These simple instructions give you more confidence in those clicks without worrying you are going to delete the entire blog.
I hope that down the road my blog will look the way I want it to. At least I am on the correct path!
REVIEWING iPAD AND iPHONE APPLICATIONS
Reviewing apps is not as easy as it sounds. Although, to some writing comes naturally while, with others it is a brain racking experience. However, if you really relax without taxing your brains and let the writing flow without thinking. The key word in that sentence is THINKING.
When I look for an application to review I really do not over think. I relax and once I read or even look at an app my brain goes into automatic gear. The words come with ease but I found that I have my limitations. What are they, well, I run out ways to write creatively. Also, keeping reviews simple is easy since I am not long winded nor go on and on and on. You have to catch the readers attention and I personally found that once I start reading another person article my attention span is a nano second. The first few sentences or words have to grab me or I totally turn off. Too much jabbering or too many technical terms then that is the end for me.
I write simple and most of the time skip all the formalities with the proper English dialogue. I write the way I speak. All the articles I have read say that to draw attention to your writing it must be done in proper grammatical format. My question is WHY? If you are running a big organization than year grammar has to be dead on or your customer base will not have trust in your product. If you are making money blogging the same thing applies. But, if you are like me just blogging for fun in my own website then I pay no attention. Of course, reviewing the blog is important and of course I want to correct gross in your eye spelling errors.
What do you think about blogging with a few minor grammatical errors?
Ever wonder why you are feeling left out with the new gadgets the younger generation are using? Well, I figured it out or I think I did. Being of a certain age we fall back on what we are familiar with, and already know. We feel comfortable with the old fangled tube TV or a telephone with a very long stretched out cord. Using a cell phone or trying to figure out how to program our brand spanking new plasma big screen TV causes anxiety and stress, we are out of our own comfort zone. We fall back on the only thing we really know and feel ok with that. Ok, so now how do we get out of the zone, we have known most of our lives? What does the younger generation do to accomplish that? Are you thinking? They plunge right in without thinking. I found that out by watching my son and grandchildren. They don’t think twice about clicking this or clicking that on their iPod,iPhones or laptop. They JUST DO IT like the commercial says. They have no fear of the consequences or losing their valued information. Maybe that isn’t too smart of them to think that way but that is how they learn and proceed to gain knowledge. We, yes I am of the older generation who grew up with the long stretched out telephone cord, and tube TV . We tend to think, re-think and over react, analyze the consequences of doing exactly what they do, plunge right in. Perhaps, we feel if we make a mistake can we re-do the programming on our new plasma? What If we click and clack away at the iPhone and delete perhaps delete important? These are the questions we circulate in our heads from years of training by the generation before us. Ever hear “don’t touch that you’ll break it” anytime during your childhood? You’d be fooling yourself if you said no. We all did, and that stuck with us like glue in our heads. As time went on, we were more lenient with our children and let them do a tad more than we did. When our children had children the same thing held true, they were even more lienent. Ok, so you break or program the TV wrong, at least you are trying. We never heard that we could do it so we never had the guts to even try. Thank goodness for some of us we are learning that trying isn’t all that bad. So get out of that comfort zone and try to learn new things. I know I am. Coming from a none techie generation I found that most people over 50 are really catching up with the modern gadgets. The younger generation all have iPhones, iPads and iPods. The older group still try to hang on to what they are familiar with. That is something I think the over 50+ society still does but on a smaller and smaller scale as time goes by. We all are interested in seeing the new gizmos but are somewhat intimidated. Notice I used that word somewhat. We all get over the intimidation sooner or later. There are a few applications out there for those who like nostalgia, retro TV and nostalgia radio apps. Both of these mix a combination of the new with the old. You can watch retro TV on your iPad and listen to nostalgia radio on both the iPad and iPhone. There are several apps for retro TV and old time radio shows so please do a search on iTunes for your favorites which range from scifi, horror, drama TV to Orson Wells radio shows and more. So senior citizens can mix the new with the old.
Wow this is a tough one. What is this blog or me for that matter about. Let’s start with the blog aspect. I blog to blog, which makes sense to me but not sure how others read into that. Starting a blog can be fun, that is if you just don’t take yourself to seriously unless you are writing a technical or medical blog. I started out blogging for an online magainze that didn’t pay a penny. The magazine took a different direction and now only have bloggers who have years of experience which I don’t have. But, after about a year, I figured heck if I can write iPhone and iPad reviews why can’t I do that for myself. I started out doing reviews and a little of this and a little of that. After awhile I changed directions and it still is an ongoing process. Wanting to branch out I decided to do some information posts. So,here I am trying my best to write something of interest and I hope you enjoy it.