Tuesday, 03 March 2020 15:47

Life Writing | If You Give A Man A Fish...

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There is a saying that sticks in my mind every day...

Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime

That applies to everything life offers.
My only exception would be...designing blogs on computers.

Techie Tess?  No way.  Despise it.  Reason being my limited experience with the intricacies of it and my disdain in wanting to expand on that experience.  My first computer was a Compaq Presario and it hated me as much as I hated it. I had Computer Science in college.  1's and 0's.  Fun Stuff that Binary. This Compaq was not fun.  So I think the misery of that sort of stuck with me.

My brother, on the other hand, is so talented with such things he amazes me.  If he doesn't know how something works, he figures it out, even if it comes down to taking it apart to redo it.

I was the first in the family to get a computer when getting a computer was the Thing.  He was the next.  I couldn't figure out why it hated me when it wouldn't work and spent hours on the phone with Compaq customer service to undo whatever it was I did that it did not like...he dismantled his.  And rebuilt it.

When I started out writing out loud on public forums in what seems like a hundred years ago, it was on Yahoo 360.  You write, it shares.  When that site closed, I went to Multiply.com and poured my heart out over my loss.  Again, you write, it shares.  Multiply was then changed to an e-commerce site so I had to find another place to write out loud.

Blogger (Blogspot) was that place.  Blogger is great.  Easy peasy.  Type, post...without so much thought on how it gets there.

In 2011 I added a URL to my writings and my brother helped design and build my first website. It gave me more control over how I shared.  I still kept the Blogspot as a backup.

I joke with him about it.  Building and changing my site is usually three days of tears, aggravation, and then happiness.  Every time.  And I'm the one crying.

I know in my head what I want it to look like...yet it's hard for me to translate that to him to find just the right look.

And over these last few years, I have tried different writing templates and designs.  Leaving some up for 2-3 years and then changing it out again when I am bored with the look.  Or you guys are and tell me so.

When I asked him last year to update my site, he told me to go find a template.

Not fun, because there are soo many choices.  So I didn't commit to any.

Fast forward to the beginning of this year and I mentioned it to him again.  He showed me a site where he just got his new template from and told me to pick one I thought could work.  The templates are not free and I would hate to waste the money if I chose poorly.

But I picked one and I was ready for him to work his magic.

He told me this time I will be building it.

Um...are you drunk?  Me?  You want me to touch the back end?  Nah...we're good.
Nope. No Thank You.

Yes, you are.


Let me say for the record I had NO IDEA what went into making a blog to write on.  None.  Over the past few weeks, I have learned so much with his help I still can't believe it is finally up.  With plenty of tears and frustrations, don't look I broke it, late nights until 2 am and doubts it could ever happen, we got it where we wanted to be.

And guess what?  I am fishing.

Every day when we had a free moment we would talk about and tackle something and I would make my notes and do it.  Late nights when our required work things would be done for the day, we would get on the phone until the wee hours of the morning and take on another section figuring out what will need changing.  I am too old for this party-party all night.  Haha, A girl hates to be grumpy-ugly you know.

I won't say it's fun.  It's hard.  Coming into it with zero want and experience to do so made learning a wee bit more difficult.  He did it himself for me in three days usually.  This took me weeks, with his guidance and I am still learning.

Learning being the keyword.

The template I chose has some great offerings as well as some limitations.  I could expand it to a pro-version for an additional fee and in time I may do that.  Archiving my blogs from day one turned out to be challenging because of a few years of writing on a few different sites and platforms made migrating them easily near impossible.  Keeping my Blogspot after all of this time has proven helpful as a backup of sorts so I am glad I chose to save it there as well.

We tucked the archived posts in the corner of the page and I am writing new posts daily as time permits.  I am so behind on sharing posts but I kept the information flowing via Instagram and Facebook every day so you wouldn't miss out. There are a few old posts on the site as placeholders for the categories and had to include our Angeline as one of them.  Now I can catch up on posting what I need to do.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for always staying with me and reading the pages of my life.  Now, another page turns...

And I am fishing.


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