How old is too old? When you can no longer see to type, or when you have been out of school for more than 5 minutes?
I'm talking social media and technology. Or rather, attempting to. I'm not really sure I know what to say or how to say it. I consider myself fairly well-educated, but have now somehow become a doofus at the same time.
Twitter. Facebook. Pinterest. Google+. Instagram. Reddit. StumbleUpon. Flickr. Bolt. Tumblr.
Then there's communities and groups - YouTube, Blogger, Wordpress, Facebook Groups, Google+ Pages, Yahoo, Mumsnet, Netmums, Tots100, Britmums, Cybher.... the names just go on and on.
My head spins. I have no idea who I'm following on what anymore. I could seriously do with hiring someone to come round and sort my computer life out into categories. First step would be to match all the personal names to the blog names and other 'handles' (anyone remember CB radios?!).
Steph Curtis = Steph's Two Girls = @stephc007.
Google+ is the place to be, so I've been told. My 5 year old daughter could probably find her way around it quicker than I can. Baffled is an understatement. Yet still I persevere, adding names willy-nilly and hoping someday all will become clear.
I love this world but I feel like I'm drowning. Is it because I'm too old? Or is it because I'm a mother? Or maybe it's that my brain actually is tiny. Bring back my old ZX Spectrum and JetPack, please!
I just don't think I have that same brain capacity as back in the good old days any more. All available space is taken up with things like 'must remember to put homework back in bags'. 'Must find missing library book'. 'Must iron name tag onto new school tights' (for the girls, not me). 'Must text old friend about to give birth and check she's OK'. 'Must remember to buy, wrap and post birthday present for 9 year old later this week'. 'Must check website to see if snow is so bad that school will be closed in the morning'. 'Must remember to call parents' (oops, sorry mum....).
I'm well aware that I'm complicating my life unnecessarily, that most of my friends feel no pressure to join in 'online'. As much as it drives me insane, I also love the support I've found through various social media sites and I just don't feel I can turn my back on them all now. Nor do I want to. I just want to understand a little bit more and feel a little less like an ancient dinosaur. Is that too much to ask?!
Tomorrow I start my first job in 5 years (snow permitting). Lucky me - having a 5 year break AND finding a new job. That I wasn't actually looking for. How will I find the time for work (out of the house, as opposed to the 'stuff' I manage at home), and what vital information will drop out of my head first? I'm not scared. Much.
*Edited as someone has just mentioned 'sverve' to me. Seriously. Another one?! I'm off to check it out. Someone let me know what hashtag I should be using nowadays too, please...