Do you like my fancy new Facebook ‘like’ box (way down there on the right hand side if you missed it)? I’m sitting here, wrapped in my granny rug because winter has made an unseasonal and unwelcome return, chuffed because I’ve actually managed to whip up a bit of HTML widgetry on my own. I’m not actually sure it works as yet – feel free to ‘like’ me with genuine enthusiasm and let me know.
Any wizardry you see here on the Fibro is thanks to Maxabella, who spent a few minutes this morning, in the aftermath of the Mermaid & Pirate party, to show me how to deal with blog buttons. I was so empowered by her lesson (and her throwaway comment that, really, this was 101 stuff) that I branched out on my own. Ta da!
I haven’t always been such a Luddite. Once upon a time, I was the online editor for the CLEO website, gaily resizing pics, entering code and gasping at the questions sent through to the Sex Q&A. I’m not a natural gasper. Too many years in women’s mags. The nature of those questions and the age of many of the questioners was enough to make anyone gasp. But I digress. We were talking HTML, not anonymous queries about – yes, well, that’s enough.
My foray into blogging has shown me how quickly it is to get out of touch. A couple of years in the wilderness of WAHM-ville, where even using Microsoft Word’s Track Changes is a hassle, and it’s a learning curve to get back in. Now that Mr6 is taking baby steps onto the internet, I can see how important it is to keep up. Every piece of advice I’ve ever read about kids and cyberspace has one major message for parents: Keep Up. Know what’s happening. Don’t throw your hands up in the air and say ‘too hard’.
I don’t know whether importing code for a ‘like’ box classifies as keeping up, but, hey, you’ve got to start somewhere, right?