Sunday, October 28, 2007

A Double Life (or on second thoughts, make that a triple or more).


(Photo, taken by, ahem, me, is of Cape St. Mary's, Newfoundland & Labrador, home to - literally - millions of seabirds) Cape St. Mary's


I think many of us are leading more than one life these days. I know I am. And the odd thing is they are all weirdly separate. I say weird, because I’m an old fart now and these simultaneous multiple lives of mine weren’t even imaginable just a few short years ago.

I can be consulting with a client in China (and China is soooo economically hot right now!) for a couple of hours in the morning, while he is having his late dinner. I can be writing an article in the afternoon for an Irish magazine, I can be taking photographs of the ocean at five, trying to capture a hitherto unseen shade of blue on film, and by night, in front of the fire, I can be designing a new knitting pattern or chatting with knitters (or Knitwits as we call ourselves!) around the globe - one in Connemara, on the West Coast of Ireland, I particularly enjoy.

And what has made all these parallel lives possible? The wonderful world of the internet of course. The World Wide Web.

“You should be written up, Mum,” my eldest daughter, who is extremely high tech, says to me, “You must be one of the few sixty-mumbles who has so utterly embraced the information technology highway.”

Well, yes and no. I meet my compatriots out there blogging well into their eighties. My good friend Miriam, seventy-five, was forced into going on line. By whom? Her mother, who is ninety-three and says it’s the only way to keep in touch with her great-grandchildren and Miriam should be ashamed as they are her grandchildren. Miriam’s mother gave her some lessons on the fine art of e-mailing and now she, too, climbs on board every day.

What I truly love about all of this multiple personality way of life is that I can work in my underwear if I want, and be anywhere I want, which for me is by the ocean in an outport of Newfoundland most of the time, and at any time I want, like 2.00 a.m., which for an incorrigible nighthawk like me works out beautifully.

I still have a lot to learn about I.T., but I suppose being ready, willing and able is half the battle.

And PS, I used to be sooooo jealous of you guys who could link so effortlessly.....and I finally did it, see above, wahoo..

Now if I could only figure out how to link and list my favourite blogs, I'll be, like, so totally insufferable...

17 comments:

  1. Hope I can help with the Link List.

    On Blogger it is easy. Take the following steps:

    Choose Settings
    Template
    Page Elements
    Configure Link Lists.

    It helps to have the blog names and the Urls ready before you start. You can add or edit at any stage.

    Have fun.

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  2. Yes, isn't the fact that you can communicate with people all over the world so easily on the internet just sensational? When I think what it was like when I was a nipper, when most people didn't even have phones! And as you say, not having to be on your best behaviour or properly dressed (or buying the next exorbitantly expensive round). Discovering blogging was one of the most exciting things I've ever done - long may it continue!

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  3. I like blogging in my pjs until the doorbell rings and I get that look of disapproval from the delivery guy. Most days I don't hit the shower until 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

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  4. I always knew it would take a Granny to know one!
    Thanks, GM!
    XO
    WWW

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  5. Medbh:
    I've been working on a design for 'working PJs' - a flannel pin-stripe comes to mind, something that doesn't scream 'nightwear' but has a bit of a casual cachet all its own so I don't have to once again horrify the up at the crack of dawn villagers who have stood appalled on my porch at noon as I cavort in bedhead and t-shirt and knickers.
    XO
    WWW

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  6. But I thought pyjamas as day wear were now the height of fashion? Or am I way behind, as usual?

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  7. They're fashion for the youngsters, Nick, I've yet to see the over thirties venture outdoors in them.
    H'm maybe we can set the trend?
    On second thoughts, I had an elderly aunt taken to the police station for doing just that....there's something about us old geezers in our unmentionables that attracts unwanted attention.

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  8. www, thanks so much for your kind words at my place at our time of such sadness. It is so appreciated. Really.

    Another amazing aspect of the internet (as so recently proven by yourself) is that someone like me should be comforted by (web) friends like yourself, from thousands of miles away.

    Thanks, once again.

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  9. I hope, Richard, that the shock and pain are easing somewhat. You are such a terrific person and bring so much to your fans!
    XO
    WWW

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  10. Hi WWW

    I'm glad someone has given you the steps for your blogroll. I only managed it once new blogger came on stream. It is really easy now. One thing I do like about it is that you can use it to access your favourites.

    Fantastic photo.

    xxx

    Pants

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  11. Actually Pants, I couldn't get it to work, nowhere do I see 'list links' on the steps given to me and I've even gone into the help mode many times to try and see if I could get blogger help. No luck.
    *sigh*
    XO
    WWW

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  12. If you log on to msn or yahoo or skype, I can help you online as we both open blogs I can walk you through it www :)
    let me know if you'd like that!
    Gx

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  13. Thank you so much Gaye for the very kind offer.
    Another blogger is helping me at the mo, I've actually got my list up but on the wrong side.
    I'll let you know how things work out.
    XO
    WWW
    And thanks again!

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