Aside from personal R&R, my goals for last week's hiatus from daily blogging were to finish the updated elderblog list and make some back end changes to Time Goes By.
There is success and there is failure, the latter due to the length of time since I've done serious work with html and css resulting in a re-learning curve that mostly frustrated me last week. So I read a couple of books instead.
The only changes you'll notice right now are a new headline font and more effective subheads which will appear most often in Saturdays' Interesting Stuff posts. I'll have another go at the design changes I want when I feel less frustrated.
The success from last week is the newly updated Elderblog list. Before I get to that I want to reiterate my oft-repeated belief that blogging is a near perfect pastime for elders.
It is solitary in the need to sit quietly as we think and write – never a bad thing to take time for a closer look. It is also social in that blogging expands our circle of acquaintances and friends worldwide and, important, it cannot help but keep our minds active and exercised.
Plus, at a time in life when we no longer have the daily camaraderie of the workplace, may not drive any longer or, perhaps, are not as mobile generally as we once were, let's give a shout out to whoever the smart people are who invented this marvelous, new way to be in touch just in time for us to benefit.
On to the new elderblog list.
From the old list, I removed blogs that had not published in awhile. Some others had moved behind personal firewalls requiring passwords now, so those are gone too along with some that just disappeared, their URLs now for sale.
A lot more have been added than removed. In a few cases are blogs that had been listed at one time but then disappeared (couldn't tell you why) and have now been reinstated.
Undoubtedly, there are mistakes and I apologize but it is so tedious to change anything and keep the list looking neat and tidy that all I will do is make note of additions or subtractions for next time.
The new list is in its usual place and it is always linked from the box in the left sidebar on every page. And don't forget that every Monday, a new set of five featured elderblogs are linked from the left sidebar too.
Here are the new ones.
Nifty Fifty and the City (in French)
Old Lady Lincoln
On Being Seventy
Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
Rhea Becker's Short Attention Span
Rocky Mountain Woman
And one more thing. Recently there has been a noticeable uptick in the number of commenters whose names I've never seen before. That's terrific. It's good to have new perspectives and welcome to you all to TGB.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Ross Middleton: In Thrall to Technology