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PostSubject: A Little Mommy-in-the-Middle Rant   Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:05 pm

Chevaucher, in French, means to straddle. Literally to be astride a horse. And that sums me up.

Am I a writer or a blogger? Well obviously all bloggers are writers, but not all writers are bloggers. A technician or a wordsmith? These days, it's almost de rigueur to be both. But it's not easy.

On the one hand, there is my mother's generation, many of whom are hard-pressed to find the "on" button for the monitor. (Sorry, Mom!) During a recent visit to my mother's retirement community in South Carolina I was told by several of her friends that they finally just gave up on "that computer thing" because it was just getting too complicated. Understandably so. They want to be able to get emails from their children, open photo attachments, and that's about it. And it's become too confusing for them.

On the other side is my kids' generation, college-age kids who don't really blog much but speed their way through Facebook and texting, and are completely bilingual in English and Internet. Incapable of explaining what it is they are actually doing, much the way you couldn't explain exactly HOW you are riding your bike while you're doing it.

So that leaves mommy-in-the-middle here. Precious few of my contemporaries have blogs. One year ago I had no idea how to write in a blog. Some of you would argue that I still don't, but you may go sit underneath that pigeonnier in the 14th arrondissement. I moved to Paris to experience the ethereal City of Light and now find myself not only caught up in the befuddling world of French paperasse, new systems and so forth, but then when I turn to my comforting link to "home" and my blog, I have a bewildering array of technological terms and techniques that I wasn't prepared to have to learn. I'm soldiering through them, but it takes time and patience, and sometimes cold hard cash. Those lucky, wonderful geeks are not cheap to hire.

This will come as a shock to some computer-savvy folks, but many of my friends don't even understand Skype. As a concept. These are smart, college-educated baby boomers who are still grappling with uploading digital camera images instead of getting the prints at the store. They are whiz kids in their own right, but just not about Internet technology. They keep it on a need-to-know basis. We are a generation that still calls our friends when we're in the airport of their home town, even if we are now calling from our cell phones. It's just in the conditioned reflexes.

One point I keep thinking about is this: if the future of blogs is to be a resource of information, we had all better make all technology more user-friendly because the traffic we want is OUT THERE, not in here, if you catch my drift. The Internet is moving along at a fast clip and we know how some bloggers are making a living from ads on their blogs. (Hah! I'm a purist, I think smugly. I take in no funds from ads, nor do I get discounts or privileges from the places I review. Hah! In reality it's primarily because I haven't figured out how, technologically.)

Bloggers see the blogoshpere as the world of the future, yet it is when Petite Anglaise gets her two book deals -- printed-on-paper books -- that we all sigh with envy. So I may be straddling two worlds, but we all are to a certain extent.

So let me confess here: I do not understand what an RSS Feed is. I'll go back over the Wiki definition a few more times, but it might as well be in Romanian because I just don't get it. I do not understand how to create a hyperlink in any consistent way. I tried to update my blog profile and ended up permanently disabling comments. How is it possible that there exists a little box where in one false click you can "Delete this Blog"? Are you kidding me? 138 posts, a year's worth of work, deleted, with one Enola-Gay little click? Is that why that thing is called an "Atom Feed"? Poof! It's gone? (P.S. If you did not understand any of the terms in this paragraph, raise your hand and I'll come over to help.)

Look, I may need reading glasses to write my pathetic little blog, but many of my friends think that I am amazingly technically with it. I am not kidding. They say things like "Oh, I'll have to read your website. What's your call name?" Oh, that Polly, she's so adventurous, so daring. She's got a blog!

Then in the blogosphere world, I am a Luddite, an anachronism living life in the breakdown lane. I limp along with poor graphics and a font which I detest. I just learned how to add a little HTML. I didn't know that the "Edit me!" things on the sidebar were actually supposed to be edited. It's like life without your reading glasses. Everything looks equally undecipherable. Touching it could mean the blog equivalent of a core melt-down, so I just leave it be. Thank god I found www.blogossary.com, which at least helped me understand a few more terms. I wasn't born yesterday, but yesterday I did discover www.dooce.com . Bowl me over that Dooce is a real person. A very very funny person. I thought it was just another blog term.

Writer's information. I happen to write my blog posts in my Yahoo mail account, so that the drafts are always available no matter which computer I'm on. Then I cut and paste to my Blogspot account. I just spellchecked this piece and Yahoo mail dictionary doesn't even have the term blogger. It wanted me to change it to logger or flogger.

Maybe "flog her" would be better.
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PostSubject: Re: A Little Mommy-in-the-Middle Rant   Fri Apr 27, 2007 10:15 pm

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So let me confess here: I do not understand what an RSS Feed is.
You're not the only one. whistle
It seems to mean different things as far as I can work out. On a web site it seem to mean that the web site gets updated everytime you visit it and I think you can have RSS feeds in emails too.

Anyhow, Welcome to the forum Polly. ecstatic
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PostSubject: Re: A Little Mommy-in-the-Middle Rant   Tue May 01, 2007 2:36 am

Just google it pvf - you'll find out soon enough what RSS is....
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PostSubject: Re: A Little Mommy-in-the-Middle Rant   Wed May 02, 2007 9:30 am

That's the prob, rar -- I did google it and the wiki definition is also in words that I don't understand.
My education was mostly in real English. A pinch of Latin and German, in addition to French (of course)

These self-referring technology terms have all been coined in the past 5 or 6 years. Not yet in my creaking overloaded lexicon.

"Feed" to me means something you do to a baby with a spoon. "URL" is the rest of the word purl, not to confuse it with pearl.

I was the whiz kid at the binary system and math in school, so it's not a question of that kind of intelligence. it's understanding a new language.

Oops I'm starting to rant again. I'll go now.smile
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PostSubject: Re: A Little Mommy-in-the-Middle Rant   Wed May 02, 2007 10:40 pm

pvf. I asked my mates what RSS is and this is what they said.

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To put it very simply, RSS enabled websites (take a forum for example) will update a XML file (called the RSS "feed") to describe the latest posts (with information such as when it was posted, who posted it, where it was posted, a link to the post, the first few hundred characters of the post, and perhaps the entire post as well). The only way anyone can really benefit from this is to use some RSS feed-reader. Some browsers have one built in (Opera does, Firefox has an extension or 10 for it), Thunderbird and other mail clients have it, some websites provide feed readers (Google personalized homepage, for example) there are separate stand-alone feed-readers (RSSOwl, for example). These feedreaders basically just read the aforementioned XML file (the feed) from a site and format it in a nice way.

Its basically just a way for users to quickly see the newest posts to a forum or blog (or whatever) and a short summary of the posts instead of having to visit the forum, or blog, or whatever to check.

then I asked them which RSS reader would be best to use, and now I'm waiting for a reply.

If you have a RSS reader and you suscribe to my forum or your blog and other news sites, then you don't have to go to all 3 places but just open your RSS reader and you see all the new post in Polly, and can see all your latest blogs in your blog site, and can see all the latest news items in your favourite news site etc.

I will try it out soon and download a RSS reader. They must be pretty good because I see a RSS symbol on a lot of web sites now.

But then again a RSS reader would be pretty useless if your favourite sites don't have a RSS. I think a site with RSS will have a RSS symbol at the bottom of the page.
I don't thin POLLY has it, and neither has your blog.

PS; I liked your old banner for your blog better and the new one with dots gets cut off at the top of the page and lacks color.
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PostSubject: Re: A Little Mommy-in-the-Middle Rant   Tue May 08, 2007 8:56 pm

Thanks for the feedback.

I still am working on the following terms:
XML
feed-reader
stand-alone feed-feader

My name gets cut off at the top of my banner, too. But I wanted to get beyond the cliche of the Eye-full tower and certainly beyond 2006!

Am doing a total graphic overhaul, which will include the new design but not so much WHITE.

Cheers!
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