Old Dog, New Tricks

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Clearly, that isn’t true because I have recently added a new trick to my repertoire. (And for the record, I am old—just ask my kids). As of last week, I am a certified Wix Webmaster.

Like many things I’ve learned in my life, I took on the task of learning to build websites for purely personal reasons. Since you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably reading it on my existing website. And if you’re reading it on my existing website, you know that it’s not that great. And no wonder; I had it created by an undergraduate student over seven years ago. Back then it cost me a large pizza to have the website created and a burger at the local roadhouse to have it updated. It was a great deal, and the young undergraduate appreciated the occasional meal. And although it was created on WordPress and hosted on GoDaddy so I’d be able to maintain it, I never seemed to get the hang of it. Eventually, the undergraduate graduated and I had to manage the website without my go-to techie. Needless to say, I didn’t do such a good job. It languished. Until now.

My first job as a newly minted Wix webmaster will be to update my existing website and move it from WordPress/GoDaddy to Wix. (Sorry, WordPress and GoDaddy, it’s been a wonderful relationship, but it’s time for me to move on). So over the next few weeks, I’ll put my new Wix skills to work and re-work my website. Then I’ll transition and update my husband’s website (www.BSVetnuresTaxidermy.com, if you have any wild game you want to stuff and hang on your wall). And I’ll lead a web development workshop on Nov. 2, because nothing helps you learn something quickly like teaching someone else. (If you are in Kalamazoo and interested in the workshop, you can learn more about it here: https://clients.sbdcmichigan.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=110360032).

So, why am I writing about this new ability of mine? Because I wanted to share how seriously I take learning. I think it’s important to remain curious and to always challenge your mind. If you do only one thing for the rest of your life, it should be to learn. Never stop engaging your brain—it’s the only way to keep it sharp. Last week I learned to create websites. Next week I’m learning to make candles. The week after that, who knows?

What will you learn next week?

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