Hello I’m Chrissie, and I have a blog about life at the seaside and the local, topical things that happen here.
I’m not what you’d call an average blogger – if there is such a thing – I didn’t even learn how to use a computer until I was in my late 60’s – until then I wouldn’t have even known how to switch a computer on!
We have a family design business and I was listening to computer talk all day long. Then my friends all started using Facebook and sending emails and I felt so left out so I learned how to use a computer too. And I’m so glad that I did, it’s opened up a whole new world of information, news – and shopping!
My daughter Jane set me on writing a blog on the local websites which we publish about the Fylde Coast – the bit of coastline where you’ll find Blackpool. We moved to Cleveleys after first having a holiday home here, and the rest, as they say, is history!
I wouldn’t say that I’m a particularly witty person in real life, but I seemed to find a funny streak when I started putting pixels to paper.
After bringing up a family and having a lot of trouble and strife over the years one way or the other, it’s been rewarding being able to achieve something at my time of life, and proves that anyone can do it and as they say you are never too old to learn!
What is your blog about?
Well our house is a bit like the mad-house – there’s always something weird or ridiculous happening and sometimes you really have to wonder. I write about the hilarious happenings, like when the full bottom fell off hubby’s shoes when we were at a friends birthday party… and when the tame seagull knocks on the back door for his tea – so it’s like a soap opera about our family, what it’s like living at the seaside, the community group that we’re involved with, and lots of local things thrown in for good measure.
What have you enjoyed most about blogging?
Like I said before, achieving something in my own right has been very satisfying. I was a clever lass when I was young, I skipped a year at school because I was so bright and I went to a grammar school. But opportunities weren’t what they are today and so my bright brain never realised its full potential. It’s nice to use it now, even if I didn’t become a rocket scientist!
I’ve enjoyed finding like-minded people who have the same outlook on life, and hopefully I’ll have inspired other older people who might be like me to have a go at doing something new. And I’ve also made new friends and got to know people I would never have met in a million years, which is really lovely.
What challenges have you encountered
I’ve spent my life looking after my family, not working in an office, so just learning how to use a computer and Facebook and the internet and all the rest hasn’t been easy. When you get older it does take that bit longer for things to sink in.
It’s also a challenge trying to think up fresh things to say several times a week. Keeping readers interested and coming back is a challenge, while at the same time trying not to be Victoria Meldrew and moaning constantly!
Do you have any future plans for your blog?
Well Jane has set me off on Twitter so I’d like to learn how to use that – even though it might seem so ordinary to other people to me it’s like a foreign language. She also suggested doing a wider variety of content and some features so that would be interesting. As long as I can keep people interested and coming back for more that will do me just fine.
You can find my blogs at http://www.visitfyldecoast.info/stuff/chrissies-blog