Someone left me a comment on my blog telling me that they thought the content of my blog is well written and informative. However, he stated that my blog is not visually pleasing and needs a different format and more pictures. My assumption is that this person is a social media expert, graphics designer or someone in that profession who is really trying to sell me his services. His comment was hurtful, given the fact that my blog is about my life with Alzheimers. I don’t disagree with his observation, I am just not capable of doing what he suggested. A few years ago, my blog would have had all of the bell and whistles because I am very technically savvy and I have designed my own websites before, etc.
My blog is titled Living My Best Life with Alzheimer’s so that should give you some indication of how my life is right now. I still have more good days then bad days, but many days I struggle to get up to speed. I have documented in my blog some of the things that I have done for decades that I now I struggle with such as finding my parked car, finding anything, how to make my smoothie, organizing my medicines, and following a recipe. I am doing everything I can to survive, to keep it all together. Everyday I feel like things are dropping through the cracks.
One of the reasons I started my blog is to share my journey, help others afflicted with this awful disease, and educate others. Also, it was a great way for me to challenge myself to learn something new. WordPress (the tool that I use for this blog) offers a lot of templates I could have used to format my blog. I tried to learn how to do it for ten days and couldn’t figure it out. I gave up in frustration. This would have been something that would have been so easy for me a few years ago. Now, every time I attempt to write a blog post, I can’t remember how to do it. I have to relearn how to do it every time I write a blog. I have tried to use WordPress help section but it isn’t easy for me to decipher so I have written out my own instructions on how to write a blog post, add a photo, etc. I am using the instructions now as I write. I will use them later this week when I write another post. My short term memory is shot. I So to be honest, the fact that my blog is not that visually appealing or pretty is not my primary concern right now. I know this reader was offering constructive criticism but given the topic of my blog, it seemed quite insensitive. I would encourage people to understand the nature of the illness and perhaps learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Please, give a gal a break here!
I am so glad 2019 is over, it was not a good year for me. Some people never cease to amaze me, but then I realize how many awesome people I have in my life as well. For those of you who are my biggest cheerleaders, thank you!
P.S. The WordPress tool was giving me problems when I was writing this. Normally troubleshooting would be no problem for me, but not anymore. I am totally frustrated.I’m publishing it regardless of the formatting.