Blogging for the Senior Citizen

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 0:45 | Filed in Blogging, Life, The Pickards

Yes, that’s right, I’ve been setting up blogs for silver surfers. Well, one in particular — yes, my dad has a blog. Technically, he’s not a “senior citizen” yet, but then technically I’m no longer juvenile either. Please yourselves…

Please be aware that he has different opinions to me on a number of things. This is not a bad thing. It’s no fun if people agree with you all the time is it? You just don’t get a decent argument going. However, where there is a difference of opinion, just remember that I’m the one that’s right.

Obviously, he’s a teensy bit unfamiliar with the technology (actually, he’s better than most, but I get the feeling he thinks if he presses the wrong button he’ll delete the internet). So I chose WordPress for him, on the basis of that it’s very customisable and it’s a piece of piss to set up, and it took me about four minutes.

Obviously, there’s plenty more customisations he can do — like adding a blogroll, allowing other people to comment and so on, but it’s early days yet…

So if there’s anyone else out there who I already know who’d like a blog — hosted free at wordpress, no costs whatsoever, give me a shout and I’ll lset something up for you. You need an internet connection, an email address, and something to talk about. This is sadly restricted to people I already know on the basis that my time is somewhat limited… and besides, I don’t really want to be setting up websites for any old nutter (apart from my dad, obviously).

You don’t need to be a techie to be a blogger. You just have to be prepared to to write stuff that is public (very, very public), and have the ability to not be offended by the reams of spam comments that you’ll have to delete. Anyone can do it — if they want to.

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4 Comments to Blogging for the Senior Citizen

  1. Mike says:

    April 18th, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Thanks for the heads up Jack. I’ve left a wee comment, just got to wait and see if he figures out how to moderate it!

  2. Gill says:

    April 18th, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    The thought of setting one up for my mother gives me a fit of the horrors. Other than the fact that she believes anything to do with technology contains microwaves which will:

    1. Fry her brain
    2. Wipe all the credit cards within a 2 mile radius and
    3. Cause her central heating to pack up,

    she would offend everyone on the web within 10 seconds flat.

    All I can say is, brave boy, I await the outcome with interest. :-)

  3. Gill says:

    April 18th, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Pssssst, he’s not going to get a lot of comments. You have to be logged in to post and you can’t log in if you’re not registered and there’s nowhere to register.

    Other than that it’s great! :-)

  4. JackP says:

    April 18th, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Gill, yeah – I’ve supplied an “you might want to change these settings” email, but I didn’t want to allow comments and stuff by default in case he’s not into the two-way thing…

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