Why Blog


editYou have reached this page because you have an interest in blogging or are just curious. There are other blogs like blogger but I use WordPress and today WordPress powers one of every 6 websites on the Internet, nearly 60 million in all, with 100,000 more popping up each day. Those run through its cloud-hosted service, which lets anybody create a free website online, attract 330 million visitors who view 3.4 billion pages every month.

In the early 2000s the Internet began to undergo a fundamental change. No longer was it a passive medium it became something you could contribute to either by commentating or by having your own blog. And you could do it for free. I wanted a companion free site to this one so in a matter of minutes My Third Age. The Internet became truly interactive. With the advent of Twitter in 2006 this became more so.

linkOne keyword covers all this activity and that is “share”. This is why people blog it is to share their thoughts and experiences through the medium of text, pictures and video in a public forum. Sounds very grand but you will find hundreds of thousands of blogs about pets alone. Think of an interest and I bet someone has started a blog about it. You might have a pet goldfish called Sammy who swims around his fish bowel; you stare and wonder what he is thinking; then you think what he might be thinking;(lol) give him your thoughts and TheThoughtsOfSammyTheGoldfish.com could be the next hottest thing on the web. Trivial I know but I believe everyone has something to say. You may be a bit isolated from people or your family a blog can act as a great album for family occasions. If you have a phone you have a camera and  more than likely you can put pictures on the ‘net. Your laptop probably has a web cam you can put a video on your blog. If you have a camera mores the better.

A couple of years ago I lost a lung to cancer, through smoking. You may find it hard to believe but I carried on smoking, a 42 year old habit. Three months ago I realised how stupid this was and started noticing electronic cigarettes. I bought a kit and I haven’t smoked tobacco in the past 3 months. I have kicked the habit. To be more aware I set up a Google alert for every time someone in the news or blog mentioned e-cigarettes. I will be blogging my research findings. See?

dflyTwitter and blogging go hand in hand. You will see at the bottom of the page buttons to share this blog. Each entry automatically goes to my twitter account. The two are linked. You will see too that part of this blog has a twitter feed. This means every time I tweet it appears on my blog page. Thus my page is constantly refreshed.

I have quite a few blogs some with a readership in their thousands. Some are personal and some are political I hope all of them are thought provoking. This blog cost me €12 to set up and I have hosting for free as I have multiple sites. Blogging is a great activity, makes for a great hobby and a way of staying in touch with that wonderful medium that is the Internet.

 

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My Third Age

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The “third age” is described as the period in the life course that occurs after retirement but prior to the onset of disability, revealing a period in which individuals have the capacity to remain actively engaged.

The aim of this site is to provide a resource for those over 60 like me. I will use it to teach blogging. Below is a bit of background.

My first retirement was at 60. Five years ago I was all set to make an impact on the Internet.  I lost two years because of lung cancer. In March I received my pension from the UK when I turned 65. This was how I can afford a new computer, tablet and smart phone.

Google says: About 5,490 results that’s in 5 years for pjfbncyl.com my unique handle on the Internet. There are 10m hits for Philip Finlay Bryan I come up with all the first 20 but Google is biased towards me. However I do have a presence on the net. PhilipFinlayBryan.com is my named site. If someone asks for my address on the Internet I can just say Google me.

Scribd has 12k reads these are documents and books i have uploaded.

YouTube 79k views many of Second Life, a virtual community of which I spend a lot of time. I have a job hosting in the most popular blues club.

Blogs about 4k subscribers.

Running 50 generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)

So for an individual I have made some impact. What hasn’t changed is that apart from my partner Storm and friend Steve I haven’t got any customers. So I have really given up. If someone stumbles across my “selling” domains like Personal Domains.net I will happily help them out. Might make the odd video advertising them.

I have new tech, a new very impressive high spec PC; a Windows smart phone and an Android tablet. You can read about it on Irish Secure.com . This was all possible because I received my pension on reaching 65 from the UK government. The Third Age. AND I have new glasses one for seeing outside one for my computer. The computer glasses are superb everything is so clear.

I have also stopped smoking after 40 years. I use e-cigarettes. Fantastic invention. It costs €18 for the kit which includes a battery charger. Batteries last up to 8 hours or so. I have two.

Below is a video I made with me vaping. I can be sooo serious sometimes:

The doctor says I have high cholesterol so i have radically changed my diet to a more healthy one. No more TV dinners. Lots of pro sterols; low fat milk, nuts, oats whole grains etc..

Research has shown that exercise of 200 minutes per week can help stimulate brain growth so I joined the gym where I exercise every day ‘cept Sundays ( I work in Second Life). I also swim. Still early days but i have a good routine designed by my personal trainer.

So at 65 I have radically changed my life I have always been Hi Tech and have reestablished myself with the latest technology, hard to beat my present set up. And I can see it all. I will get healthier as the toxins slowly leave my body. My brain will grow. Don’t see why I can’t look forward to another 20 years or more on this planet. One message seems to be “Use it or lose it” so I intend to use it. I will also do my best to assist others too. To this end I have set up Over60s.me

Oh did I tell you I’m having fun too?

P.S. Please contact me if you would like help over anything Internet especially blogging. I am a not-for-profit person…. This Blog cost €10 a year to register plus a nominal amount to host ,  everything else was free. You can get a totally free Blog at WordPress.com

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Philip Finlay Bryan

+353 89 429 7539        pj@over60s.me

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