What is a Blog, why would a “lady of advanced years” be interested in writing one and, even more importantly, why would anyone be interested in reading it? Good questions, all.
While I only have a general understanding of the blogosphere I feel confident that the 739-page tome I have acquired from Amazon (Blogging All-in-One for Dummies) will guide me in the paths of righteousness, or at least of readability.
The name of this blog is “Fourthscore” and it is based on my theory that our lives roughly parse out into 20 year periods (or scores of years) and that I am well advanced in the fourth of these scores. In my case the first score of years was spent growing to adulthood, the second score was spent having and raising children, the third was spent pursuing a career and this fourth score has encompassed a great many changes and challenges; loss of a long-time spouse, a new marriage, retirement, aging, a new role in society, new relationships with my children, a move from the city to the country and many things I have yet to experience. I have also come to the conclusion that I must pursue those dreams and ambitions that were put on the back burner for so many years now, or I will simply run out of time.
The concept of life being broken down into 20-year segments is not carved in stone. My own segments slopped outside the edges a bit (18 years, 22 years, 27 years, respectively; please do not “do the math”). Also, though all of us spend the first score growing up, the second and third seem to be turned around for many people, with the career coming before the children. In fact, in some cases, the second and third score are just completely jumbled together while we try to conduct successful careers and raise families concurrently. In my case, I took the easy route and got the kids mostly grown before attacking the career.
I expect that this blog will be akin to the Mark Twain autobiography and that it will be more free-form and stream-of-consciousness than chronological (or even logical). Some posts may reflect on experiences and observations that may strike a chord with you, and some will chronicle my current life.
I hope that some of the posts (actually, I hope most of them) will be interesting, informative, or entertaining for you and that you will feel free to comment, commiserate or complain.
I should warn you in advance that I have wanted to be a writer since I was old enough to read, and writing a novel is one of the dreams I put on the back-burner. I hope that my determination to pursue that dream will inspire all of you to consider pulling out those dusty, half-forgotten goals and taking the plunge. I know that your support and encouragement will help me follow-through.