Old Dog and Her New Tricks

I fought the good fight.  Like the good Midwesterner I am, I resisted as long as I possibly could.  I was certain blogging was a fad and like Beta video tape recorders it would soon fade away.  But, once again, I was wrong.  Blogging is growing at a breakneck pace and any writer worth their ink has a blog these days.  So I was eventually worn down enough to admit that I too needed a blog.  Part of my resistance was because the word “blog” sounds so unattractive.  Like all things, though, if you hear it enough you become desensitized.  So today I open my first blog page, proving that old dogs really can learn new tricks.

I begin this part of my writing life with a lump in my throat and the fear that I will eventually push a wrong button and end up on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.  I have no idea how that might happen.  Since I am just now beginning my first blog I am obviously not that savvy in the “how’s” of technology.  That’s why I rely on people  less than half my age to help me.  And that’s what I did when I decided I wanted my own blog.  (Thank you Katy and Faryle!) 

These days everyone over 40 should have a stable of smart, young people to call on when they need help deciphering some aspect of modern technology.  Lord knows I’m ill-equipped to understand much of it.  I am of the generation of slide rules, typewriters and eight-track tape players.   Growing up the closest thing I had to a video game was my Etch A Sketch.  The highest tech device I played with as a kid was a plastic set of walkie talkies that were so crummy the only way we could hear what the person on the other end was saying when using them was to put them down and simply scream at each other.  Honestly, two tin cans connected by a taut string worked better.

So, these days I find myself often wearing a puzzled look.  When my friends, most of them younger than I, began to talk about Facebook I thought they were referring to Wanted posters on the wall at the post office.  When they talked of Twitter and Tweets all I thought of was Sylvester the cat and his little bird friend, now here I am blogging!!  And I’m on Facebook and Twitter, too. 

If I didn’t know better, I might think I’m getting cooler as I get older.  But, the truth is, I’m not.  I am however, an Old Dog with a New Blog.

About louannthomas

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11 Responses to Old Dog and Her New Tricks

  1. Derek says:

    Funny stuff. I can’t wait to read more.


  2. Larry Gilbert says:

    Remember when we had to go home to use the telephone or have a dime and find a pay phone? Now your phone is in your pocket and it does more than make a call. Of course, there are times when the old days would be nice again. Blog, sounds like such a downer, whoever named it should have put more effort into a better name.


  3. Kelley says:

    Welcome to blog land Lou Ann! Great to see you here!


  4. Cindy says:

    Welcome to the internet world of blogging. I hear ya loud and clear about the techno-advanced world we live in. Many, many times as I have been trying to figure something out on my computer, I have wished outloud for an 8 year old!! Seems they can figure anything out – and fearlessly I might add. I don’t have my own blog, but read 8-10 others on a regular basis. Looking forward to following your adventures!


  5. Philip Wassmer says:

    You are all plugged in and going places !!


  6. Alima says:

    I just love the way you look at things


  7. rikki says:

    you’re more of a cool cat than an old dog. 😉


  8. Marty says:

    Let it flow… looking forward to reading more from you anytime Lou Ann


  9. David says:

    Blog, baby, blog!! Hope you are well!


  10. Alice Durrie says:

    Hi Honey! Blog it is! We could call it a NOG? Hold the egg….between your knees? OOOOOO Alice


  11. Joyce Rhodeman says:

    Hi fellow mid-westerner,

    LouAnn, I am reading your blog for the first time and I have to agree, you have a talent with the writing paintbrush as someone put it in one of your responses.

    This first blog brought such a smile to my face I had to reply to it.

    Not only do I remember wondering what the heck a blog was, I also have to go to the “younger elite” and take it one step further than you and take my questions to my “grandkids” who are more technology savvy than I am, to show me how to figure anything out.

    I remember the days of tin can walkie-talkies that I agree, worked better than anything we bought from Duckwalls or Gambles.

    Keep up the good work…I have to say WHS turned out some pretty good product…love your blog!


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