Well I guess it's been a while since my last post! Happy New Year and all that I guess? Even though it is February.
My youngest said to me last night "Mum, did you know that we [meaning her age group] are the first generation to have iPads and all the other all the 'i' things?" I laughed and said "Yes, well I guess that's true"
These two little muchkins I created roll their eyes at me every time I try to do something or show them something on their iPads. Like I can't do it quick enough. (Yes they have iPad's but only because the school implemented a iPad program a couple of years back).
I can vaguely remember mum and/or dad asking me to set the video recorder timer if we were going out and they wanted something recorded to watch later. (What a great invention! You can fast forward through the ads of 'A Country Practice' and save time!) Scary thing is, that eye roll was coming from me back then too.....History Repeats they say.
I was in high school when I even first heard the word internet. Year 12 graphics class to be exact. We all wondered how it could even be possible that you could look up anything, from anywhere the word over....instantly. Back then in high school, it was a select few nerds who stayed in at lunch times and after school to 'muck around' on those ancient Apple Macs (those box square type things - remember?) doing computer nerdy stuff. I was too busy working on my tan at the local pool to really notice. Places to go and people to see and all that.
Oh how I ENVY THOSE NERDS now. They are probably the ones who I am constantly holding for (on the telephone - one of those new 'i' things that my daughter refers to - and it has the internet - amazing really - anyway...). They are the ones who put their call centre phones on mute and say/gesture to the person next to them that they are on the phone to an absolute idiot who grew up in the eighties and has not yet caught on. Hell she doesn't even know about servers, or DNS, or routing or anything!!
This year I am so focussed on my little business that I can't comprehend it! I have lots of new ideas and plans.
But today my friends, I am just plain angry. Whilst I had an awesome tan in high school, I know NOTHING about the 'i' stuff, or the whole cyber stratosphere for that matter.
This makes me angry.
I am angry that my little business, which relies on email enquiries (because people don't call anymore) is suffering because my email is not working.
I am angry because my technological expertise doesn't stretch too far beyond how to write a blog and send an email so I cannot fix it.
I am angry because the people who do know what to do have had me on hold for about 40 minutes. (making those gestures and comments to their colleagues about some other eighties kids they are currently helping I am sure)
BUT....turning positives into negatives..... I am also grateful a little too.
Grateful that this little lapse in technological difficulties is giving me time to concentrate on some marketing plans.
Grateful that I can clean out my studio (an ongoing process that I rarely have time for).
Grateful that I have the time while on hold to sit and design some new cards and write a blog post.
So happy new year folks. And rest assured, when my email is working again, there will be no stopping this eighties kid in her little business creating stationery (you know, that stuff people used to use the postal service for to deliver to those odd shaped boxes out the front of most homes) once more.