Some Days are Better than Others

Hello, I’m E Jean Simpson your author host of the A & J PEI Treasures Blog Post/Podcast coming to you from the beautiful Island Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!  Today I’m going to talk about attempting to start a new career after age 50.  Yes, I was over 50 when I started as an author, blogger, podcaster, social media person for A & J PEI Treasures.  If you want to find out more about what goes on in this, my crazy new world….stay tuned!

So, yes, I’m over 50 and have just started podcasting.  I’m the creator, photographer, host, blogger, author and over all media person for A & J PEI Treasures.  My husband does most of the renovation and wood craft work and proof reading.  As I said in other podcasts and blogs, this started with my desire to be an author.  It seemed to have explode into a lot more.   There have been challenges, but no one talks about the funny things that happen because you’re over 50 and doing all this technical stuff.  Like the messed up links that you can’t fix and have to contact the service personnel of the particular agency.  I’m sure I’ve had some of them pulling out their hair.  They are one of the unsung heroes of the web’s universe and I thank them for their tireless work.  They have had to take time to correct mistakes I made when they don’t have that function available to the actual creator.  Though, thinking about that, it might actually be a wise idea given some of my gaffes.

Here is a handy tip for those newer to blogging, podcasting, e-book creating and any other multimedia work.  If you have a link, make sure that it is the correct link. Now this may sound like a no brainer, but humour me for a little because it’s not as simple as it sounds.  Even better, have a list of your links handy because you’re going to use them a lot!  Let me give you the most recent error example so you can see how easy it is to make this one…at least if you’re over 50.  I can’t really speak for the younger group.  I’ve had to write to the nice people at Anchor FM to ask them to change my Apple link.  You see, it came to me with a language specific link.  When I looked it up I forgot that this should be removed from the link.  I should have double checked before copying, but didn’t.  My Podcasts are in English.  I’m unilingual English but apparently it is offered on a variety of different language stations.  Sorry, I never had the talent for languages that some people have.  So, I had to ask them to take off the last bit as it wasn’t necessary or useful.  That is just one of many examples of silly mistakes that I made…and if this helps you avoid one, I’m sure the people at the various places you use will be most grateful and I’ve done my good deed for the day. 

The nice people at Draft2Digital have had their share of issues to deal with that I created.  I don’t do this maliciously.  I just wasn’t born to computers.  They came about when I was in College.  So, I’m a little slower on getting it than the kids born using them.  So, I dedicate this blog post/podcast to the lovely helpful service people who work for the various sites that I use.  They are life savers and seldom seem cranky about the latest escapade of that old lady trying to get books out or podcasts or what have you.  You see, I do it all from beginning to end.  I don’t have and can’t afford to have staff.  I thank you unsung heroes of the online universe!  I really do appreciate your hard work in correcting my galactic atrocities committed to links, etc.  I’d be lost without your dedication and expertise. 

Then there are the emails for help with things that don’t need help.  Like I just realized that since I am distributed through Anchor, I don’t need a code for my Apple Podcasts though it does allow me to claim it.  Sorry nice service people at Apple as I had some confused emails going out to you.  Thanks so much for your explanations.   I’m pleased to say I’m not your average customer I’m sure.   

I think one thing that the younger people out there need to realize is that they are going to make mistakes too.  I’m just more spectacular in making them and making especially silly ones.  I’m sure, for a while, I was all the talk around the proverbial internet water cooler for service/technical support as I have done some pretty silly things.  However, they have always been very kind and helpful. 

You have to be realistically unrealistic and understand that this is a learning process.  Any time you start something new, it is a learning process and there will be a learning curve.  If you don’t make any mistakes, then you aren’t trying something new.  It is not the end of the world to make a mistake, though you will feel foolish for making the mistake.  When you do make a mistake be honest about it.  Let someone know and correct the mistake.  Try to avoid making them.  At the same time, remember that everyone makes mistakes.  This also means that when someone makes a mistake on your site or with your items to have some patience.  Some things I think you want to avoid though are things that are scams. 

It’s not easy being the 50-something running an internet based multimedia show and being a one woman show.  It’s a learning curve every day.  At the same time, it allows me to use my writing, my camera, and my interests while keeping me on a path of lifelong learning.  It allows me to stay busy and hopefully add something interesting to the world at large. 

As Graham Davies said, “We’ve moved on through tape recorders to video, through to multimedia computers”…I add that we’ve moved through to a stage where we can communicate on such a wide variety of forums and through such a wide variety of media that it is literally staggering.  They make it possible for us to open a whole new world not only to ourselves, but to others from the comfort of our own homes.  We are essentially able to all be together, yet apart.  It remains to be seen what effect this will have in the longer term on human beings.  It depends if we are determined that we will make ourselves better and if we want to move forward as a better unified people.  I hope that we will.  How about you? 

Thanks for listening to my Podcast and/or reading my blog posts and for your interest in A & J PEI Treasures!

Every life has its storms just remember there is also a rainbow at the other end.  If you want to know more about becoming an author/blogger/podcaster after the age of 50, keep reading!
Every life has its storms…but remember there is always a rainbow on the other side.

Also available on Anchor FM and a variety of formats from there:–j-pei-treasures

Published by ejstoo

E Jean Simpson, is the author, blogger, podcaster and one of the photographers of A & J PEI Treaures. A & J PEI Treasures is located on Prince Edward Island, Canada. All opinions stated in the Blog Post are my opinions and may not be that of A & J PEI Treasures. We are made up of a husband and wife team and our companion animals. There are a number of things that drew us to the Island…one of which was the natural beauty of the area. We enjoy constructing things and renovations to our place, upcycling, photography, writing, and a simpler lifestyle. Some of our e-books are winners of the Canada Book Awards ( ​​​​​​​Quotes, Poems and Thoughts: With Pictures from Prince Edward Island, Canada, ​​​​​​​Rocky Mountain Memories (Accepted for the 2020 Reader's Choice General Nonfiction- *(Canada Book Award winner​​​​​​​) ​​​​​​​Floral Photography: Hope of Life and for the Future *(Canada Book Award winner ​​​​​​​From the Lens of my Camera: This and That and a Big Black Cat. *(Canada Book Award winner How to Publish an E-book on a Budget of $0: Making your Dreams a Reality The Big Kid’s Magical Path to Numbers (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 1) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner The Big Kid’s Magical Path to The Alphabet (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 2) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner The Big Kid's Magical Path to Shapes in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 3) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Colours in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 4) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Insects in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 5) More to follow! ​​​​​​​Thank you for your interest. E Jean Simpson/Andrew Simpson of A & J PEI Treasures (2019). You can find us at: ​​​​​​​ (Pinterest) (Twitter) (YouTube) (GoodReads) (Amazon) ​​​​​​​ (BookBub) ​​​​​​​ (LinkedIn) (WordPress) New addition, we have podcasts started on Anchor FM and can be found on the following: Anchor (Anchor). Anchor also distributes the podcast to: Breaker Google Podcasts Pocket Casts RadioPublic Spotify Apple iHeart Radio: ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ *(Canada Book Award winner​​​​​​​) is noted on books that won

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