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How to be relevant and 'old' at the same time.

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

I told you guys in an earlier post that I was new to this blogging thing. Actually, It's more like new to all the social media, texting, twittering, stuff. Have I mentioned that I am old? I mean really old. When I was first married, they had just invented answering machines, much less all this other stuff. We thought Star trek (the original one with Captain Kirk) was very futuristic sci-fi stuff. I mean, hand held communicators or com badges, like that could ever happen.

Well, I got the hang of email.… sort of. Then I got dragged kicking and screaming into texting, because my children believed that if you actually answer a telephone it might blow up, and a couple of years ago I got a Facebook account. I rarely post anything because my life is just not that interesting. I refuse to be one of those people who believes the entire world needs to know what I’m having for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I keep up with pictures of my grandchildren, what all my neighbors in the RV resort are ticked off about, and whether there’s actually going to be a painting class or mahjong today. But, other than that? I have no interest in being sucked into a lot of political mudslinging, misinformation, and down right made up crap.

I attended a writers conference recently

and was informed that now I also need a website, a blog, a TikTok account, an Instagram account, and a twitter account. I came home frustrated, to say the least. Did I mention I can barely tolerate Facebook? But I went to the conference to learn the ins and outs of being an author and book publishing. If they say this stuff is necessary, then I should at least make an effort. So, I signed in to TikTok and was assaulted with stuff that was borderline porn. I logged off and deleted my account within 20 minutes of opening it. Twitter was nothing but a bunch of people insulting each other and posting crap that no one needs to read, and now I am blogging.

Don't get me wrong. I see the reasons for it and actually agree that these are viable alternatives to several "old school" ideas. But if we are expected to post several tweets a day, write a daily blog, be active on Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram, when are we ever going to find the time to just write?

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