Friday, November 8, 2013
400th post :: the one about the technology
Hello! It seems I have had something to say over here 400 times over the last five years. That's pretty amazing. Sometimes blogging has been easy and sometimes its been really hard, I've waxed and waned with my enthusiasm for this space, but I've kept it up and that I'm proud of. I'm proud of all the things I've made, amazed at all the skills I've taught myself and glad of all the people I've met.
In five years I've gotta say that blogging has changed a lot. It used to be just me with my laptop in the night or at baby sleep time and I would sew and photograph, write posts, visit other nice blogs and write nice comments and that was really it. These days though I'm more likely to be flicking through my favourite blogs on a reader, (still in the dark while I wait for my toddler to fall asleep or late at night on the couch), and I know this is the case with so many of you also. Plus with the advent of social media there's so many platforms now on which to express your thoughts and share your projects that it's become quite the time consuming activity to keep yourself "seen" and also to keep up with everybody elses goings on! To be really honest on one hand I can't keep up with it, being everywhere on the web all at one time - I have a life! On the other hand I've become quite frustrated with plain old blogging and the time it takes to produce a blog post. I've been struggling for about a year with some not quite 100% working DSLR equipment and that's been annoying, and these days my little laptop is not a quick and snappy as it used to be, and then my phone...well lets say its an old one and still a relatively good one but I kind of knew that it didn't really have the capability I wanted. Me, need an upgrade? Need a re-think about the way I do things? Never!
But. My husband came home with a new smartphone from his work this year and I started to look over his shoulder at that shiny thing. I slowly came to realise that next to my husband's new phone, my phone was really old. It wouldn't load the latest versions of certain apps, the camera was rubbish, the screen was small and it had started to give me annoying little warnings about full memory. Oh my little old android phone! I didn't want to upgrade it just because I was caving in to a want for the latest, and definitely not if it was working just fine...as a phone. Yes, I faced it, I took the plunge and got an upgrade, not the latest mind you, but good enough for me.
I wanted to make it easier to write blog posts, read other blogs and take great pictures away from my laptop. Now I can do all that with my new phone, I can slip it into my pocket or bag, no big fat camera equipment, no slow computer, no finding the elusive camera cable so it will talk to said laptop. It's quite the revelation and I know probably most of you have been doing it for years. So I'm just declaring myself "in" with the 21st century crowd. Someone once said, "If you can't beat them, join them".
The upshot of all this is that I've gone and signed up at Instagram. You can find me there as maikacreations. My pictures there are a bit more of a personal nature, some shots of my kids and the things we like to get up to as a family, but also a good dose of craft and works in progress. It's great, I like the chatty nature of it, a bit like the old blogging used to be. I've even found old friends who've given up on the blogging thing but they're alive and well on Instagram, and that's been nice too.
But the last laugh is on be because it took me over half an hour to put the little Instagram icon on the sidebar of my blog - sometimes I think it's my brain that needs the upgrade.
Thanks for reading and happy weekending to you all xx