When my five-year-old daughter asked me what work I was doing on the computer, I was working, not procrastinating by checking email or blog comments or looking at Pinterest.
“I’m designing a website.” And with a pause…”It’s a page on the internet.”
Would she understand? I wonder if I should try to explain the internet, but I can’t. How do you explain one of the world’s greatest marvels to someone who is only five?
But apparently the internet needs no explanation because she is five already, after all. She knows how to play Angry Birds, and she wants her own email account.
For a moment it occurs to me that she will never have to live without the internet, and instead she will have to learn to take breaks away from it so she can hear herself think and to contemplate her own thoughts. I hope she knows that even if you don’t post a picture, the event still happened, and you don’t always need to tell everyone what you’re thinking and doing and reading all the time.
Years ago (it feels like ten, but it is closer to twenty) I went out with a guy who had a job at The Internet Store. Yes, the Internet Store was the actual name of the store, and people would go to the store to buy the internet for their homes and take classes to learn how to use Yahoo and email. It was all very high-tech at the time because that was when people still carried pagers.
Years from now we will be the grandparents of the internet age, the people who remember all the clunkiness and when it used to take five minutes to view an image on the desk computer from our dial-up modem.
The internet is one of my top-ten great loves. Who knows what may come, but until then, I’m very pleased to make this part of it.
To go along with the times, I gave the site a new design (I prefer to call it a makeover). I hope you enjoy it. It works well on phones and tablets too, if that’s your preference. (You can resize your browser to see how it will adjust to fit on those screens.)
Since it’s still new, it might be a little bit wonky as I work out any remaining kinks. If you’re using Internet Explorer 8 or older, your life will be better if you upgrade to IE9. If something looks funny on your screen, you might try resetting your browser’s cache so everything will load fresh. If you have any questions about it, let me know.
I’m very pleased to show it to you. I know it’s not easy to adjust to a new look, but I hope you like it too. I put a lot of thought into how people use this site and how to make the older posts easier to find. (After you’ve tried it out, you can email me suggestions.)
Feel free to take a look around. (Click here if you’re reading this via rss or email.)