The last time I used WordPress Margaret and I, (Margaret is my Mum in law) had just been to buy her an IPad. We signed her up for Twitter, she already had a FaceBook account, and as she is a very keen writer we created a wordpress account so she could write a blog.
That was a few months ago now, she now has a matching IPhone and publishes something on wordpress almost everyday, I think she now spends more time on social media than most teenagers, which is great, she enjoys it. She has had people comment on her writing and is building a group of followers who encourage her to do more. I should not be surprised, she decided in her early 70’s to study for degree in English, for no other reason than she wanted to, we are very proud of her!
So I feel at little hopeless really, this, if I decide to post it, will be my third in nearly as many years. I struggle to know what to write and I worry terribly about my lack of writing ability, At School I was always much better at Maths and Physics. Funny that, its now my grasp of English Language that I need most in my work. I see my old English Teacher every couple of weeks, he is getting on a bit now and comes into the Age UK Centre where I work, he is lovely man although I am not sure I appreciated that when I was at school. I loved his lessons because he always gave us interesting books to read, I hated getting my homework back though, covered in comments written in red ink. I cannot spell for the life of me and I have just realised the spell checker on this is American English so there is really no hope…..
However I am going to claim Margaret’s new found hobby as a success, my aim was to encourage older people (I use the word older with caution here) to try out social media. There you go, one 75yr old digitally hooked up to anything she wants and having fun in the process. I may get a tweet in while explaining my grammatical errors though……………