I’ve been planning to start a blog for at least six months. I’ve written several short essays to post on it, I’ve researched the various ways to create and publish a blog and I’ve asked a friend who blogs for a bit of advice. Being a natural introvert, the hardest part was working up the nerve to write something and post it directly to the internet, where it could be read by anyone and everyone. I know, of course, that it will probably only be read by my close friends and family, but still….
So today I finally decided that I was going to start my blog, no more waiting, no more excuses. I re-read the “Get Started in WordPress” site I had carefully bookmarked, took a deep breath and went to the wordpress.com site and plunged in. I managed to get the title put in, and added a tag line. I tried to change the background of the page, but couldn’t figure out how. I tried to go directly to my new blog by typing the name in my browser, only to be told that “Positively Middle-Aged” (the name I selected) didn’t exist, but that “Positively Middle Aged” did. Only it was written by someone else.
So I figured I had to pick a new name, but decided that I could wait a little bit, and maybe go ahead and publish my first post. The problem was, I couldn’t see any place on my new blog where I could actually post anything! I could comment on my blank page, but not post anything. Frustrated, I exited the site, planning to try again later after I had a chance to ask one of my kids (who could probably start a blog in their sleep) for help. There is nothing that makes me feel more old and obsolete than having to turn to my son or daughter for help on my computer (or I-Pad, or I-Phone….), but the simple fact is that I am old enough that I wasn’t raised on this stuff they way they were.
And yet…..I really should be able to do this on my own. Word Press does give good directions, even if I am a bit slow in following them. And if I can’t even figure out how to start the blog, how in the world am I going to be able run it? So I logged back in, found the little pencil icon that I thought would indicate where I should write a post….and here it is! If you are reading this, it means I figured it out and have actually started a blog. I’m going to have to change the name, and the ugly colors in the header are going to have to go, but at least I did it! Maybe I’m not too old to learn something new after all.