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Learning to Blog--a new 'marathon' challenge

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GrandmaMiney Mon 05-Nov-12 20:08:17

I've decided to take a mini course 'Beginning a Blog'. It starts at London's V&A museum tomorrow. I guess many of you are already blogging, but this is a new challenge for me.

When I started the Walking a Marathon (in a day) topic in the Exercise forum I was amazed by all the good ideas and support I received. So--I thought I'd share my experience of this new challenge, and welcome your comments and ideas.

I'm off for the first day tomorrow, so I'll log in and let you know how it goes. I see on the programme that there is a period set aside for us to explore the museum and take photos, make notes etc. Presumably this is for material to use on our blog.

Eventually I plan to blog on Learning to love the Challenge of Ageing (which I hinted at in the above forum after I completed my walking Marathon in September). Maybe I need to seek out some beautiful images of 'ageing' in the V&A tomorrow. moon

Any other ideas? Please!
I better go and 'google' the V&A catalogue for inspiration. So many beautiful artefacts--but what theme could I choose?

As they say--Watch this

Ana Mon 05-Nov-12 20:13:39

Good for you, GranmaMiney! Look forward to hearing about it. smile

jO5 Mon 05-Nov-12 20:36:00

You seem to be always fighting against ageing.

Would you be better thinking off something else? Something more fun?

jO5 Mon 05-Nov-12 20:36:43

I missed out 'thinking about' in there.

Must be the ageing. hmm

Nonu Mon 05-Nov-12 20:39:06

Jo . MONKEY !¬!!!!!!

GrandmaMiney Mon 05-Nov-12 21:03:34

Great responses! It's fun reading comments from those who don't know me well enough to realise we are all 'multi-faceted' (as well as multi-taskers)--Maybe I choose to show my serious side on gransnet? Or maybe I'm just a dull and grumpy old woman--who knows....! wink

I just think that 'ageing' is such an exciting time to savour and experience to the full--don't you?! I don't mean the negative side--that gets far too much press. But I find it fascinating to look back and see where apparently unrelated interests and experiences [during my life] have started independently--then work themselves into exactly the experience I needed to do something I really wanted to do. That's the way my career developed.

Who knows, I might decide to blog on Japanese embroidery as I've found a beautiful image on the V&A collections page. It is a Fukusa (gift cover). It has a blue satin weave silk ground with a design of three open fans in gold leaf. It's so beautiful, has an interesting story-- and well worth a look.

This is just one example from the journey I'm on and I never know where it will lead me next.

For me--that is fun! smile

I suspect I was a butterfly in a previous life (just jesting! Or am I?)

jO5 Mon 05-Nov-12 21:20:15

When did 'ageing' and this fantastic experience actually start for you then?

What is so different between now and pre-ageing?

Ana Mon 05-Nov-12 21:50:59

'Pre-ageing'? Aren't we continually ageing?

jO5 Mon 05-Nov-12 22:02:01

"I just think that 'ageing' is such an exciting time to savour and experience to the full"


GrandmaMiney Mon 05-Nov-12 22:37:37

Sorry, thought I'd started a thread in the Learning forum.
Didn't realise I'd logged on to Pedants' Corner by mistake.

Such fun! smile

Sel Mon 05-Nov-12 23:41:32

I think there's a bit of 'harrumphing' going on GrandmaMiney!

I've just read your posts leading up to your walk - and many congratulations on that, an amazing achievement. I found them really inspiring and am full of admiration for not just that achievement, but your whole attitude. You bubble out of the screen!

I'm sure that whatever you turn your hand to, you'll make it fun. I am very much looking forward to your blog on ageing - I'll suck up any tips you can deliver!

Go girl! smile

Greatnan Tue 06-Nov-12 07:00:28

Ignore any negative comments, Sue, we can all take heart from your positive approach to growing older. Perhaps some people are just envious! smile
I am intending to do some riding and kayaking next time I go to NZ in Spring. So many things to try, so many lovely places to see, and the freedom and a bit of cash to enjoy them.
I know many members have health, family, financial or other problems, and I am deeply sympathetic, having my own sorrow to deal with, but that does not mean that those of us who can take on new challenges should not do so.
More power to your elbow!

crimson Tue 06-Nov-12 07:22:19

Being nosey I checked out your profile; you say one of your favourite films is 'The Way'. Forgive me if we've discussed this before but one of my ambitions is/was to walk part of the Camino..a dodgy knee has probably put paid to that though. Is it something you've thought of doing, or was it a story that interested you because of your marathon walking? I know I talked about it in the film section but not sure if it was with you.

MiceElf Tue 06-Nov-12 07:32:50

G'ma M what a super plan. I don't really have any ideas but one thing that I do now that I only work part time, is to research cheaper holidays and I've written very full accounts of where we've been, together with photos and small pieces of memorabilia. This is partly to share with family and friends who might be interested, but mainly so that we can revisit those places in our minds and bring the memories back into sharp focus. It's honed my descriptive writing ability too as its a very different style of writing from that which is required at work.

The other great joy is having more time available and being able to pick up old friendships by visits and correspondence. I've found it wonderful to find that with many old friends we could just pick up where we had been even though it's been a number of years since we saw each other.

GrandmaMiney Tue 06-Nov-12 07:50:38

Thank you Sel and Greatnan, your comments are helpful and appreciated flowers

It seems I've inadvertently learned Lesson No.1 for Student Bloggers:
1. Grow a thick skin (very necessary for sensitive souls like me)
2. Focus on my own goals, or shift if I choose,
3 Don't get distracted by the little red herrings that will inevitably swim in and out
4. Accept that harrumphs may add to a debate
4. Keep a sense of humour grin

So this new thread is proving valuable already!

Greatnan I take your point about many members who are having a difficult time for various reasons and I am also sympathetic to these. I choose to present my positive side a lot of the time but, like you, I also have sorrow and 'slings and arrows' to deal with. I look forward to hearing about your kayaking in NZ. Are you planning a bunjy jump as well? No, please don't!

The sun is shining and I'm just off for my first 'official' blog lesson.
sunshine More later

whenim64 Tue 06-Nov-12 08:03:13

Grandmaminey you have a great approach to life and I applaud you flowers

GrandmaMiney Tue 06-Nov-12 08:12:09

By the time I'd written the above, two more interesting posts have appeared. Great! smile

Hi crimson, no it was not me you had the film discussion with. I've not yet checked out the film forum--I'll go there when I'm back from the V&A.

I did walk part of the Camino in 2010. That was when I had decided to have 'one last adventure' (!) before I reached my three score years and ten. I only walked 100 miles over ten days--and I did it with a small group led by an American social anthropologist which was brilliant. Her Spanish partner (a native of Santiago de Compostela) and their 3 year old son prepared picnic lunches of local food, which was fun.
When I've learned a bit about blogging and found out if it's possible to have a 'hub' blog from which to go off on different subjects, I think the Camino (and journeys) might be one of them.

Talking of sorrow (previous post), taking a pebble to Le Cruz de Ferra was an experience. But maybe more of that journey at some point, somewhere. The film The Way brought back many memories.

Hope your day goes well smile

shysal Tue 06-Nov-12 09:07:00

sue - I hope you enjoy your mini course. I look forward to hearing all about it and where it leads. sunshine

shysal Tue 06-Nov-12 09:13:32

I think a certain poster is in a bad mood today, there is a grumpy comment on another thread, so don't take it personally. She can be great fun and her humour is sometimes misinterpreted. smile

absentgrana Tue 06-Nov-12 09:22:19

Mind you, whatever topic GrandmaMiney chooses to write about, the concept of ageing is quite an intriguing one. At what point do we stop simply becoming one year older each year and start ageing?

ageing (also aging) > noun 1 the process of growing old. 2 the process of change in the properties of a material over a long period.
> adjective growing old; elderly

Well that begs the question doesn't it? What constitutes old? My granddaughter (8) thinks I (62) am old and wants to know when I shall start shrinking. I think I shall not be old for another 10–15 years. If old is when you have fewer years ahead than behind you, then ageing would begin at about 44.

jO5 Tue 06-Nov-12 09:31:56

I wasn't being pedantic. It was a simple question. At what age, for you, did the process of ageing seem to cut in?

I hate older people being categorised as though we are a race apart. Why can't we just continue 'being', without the labels.

I too love walking, although not to the extent you do it. Just enjoyable walks.

Blogging, and any internet "wordy" activity is lovely. (So long as it doesn't take over!)

jO5 Tue 06-Nov-12 09:32:56

Exactly absent. You have said the same thing.

jO5 Tue 06-Nov-12 14:02:20

Ok Shysal I want a link.

jO5 Tue 06-Nov-12 14:05:25

I was thinking while I was out. Would a course on how to blog be self defeating? Isn't a blog supposed to be any man/woman in the street (Joe Bloggs?) jotting down their random everyday thoughts and doings. Would you need to do this. Wouldn't too much concentration spoil the effect?

Definitely japanese embroidery.

jO5 Tue 06-Nov-12 14:06:21

I meant "would you need to learn how to do this.