Web Design 101 for Blithering Baby Boomers. Like me.

One of the surprising results of my work for Metro.us newspapers and website is the number of messages I’m getting from people who are reading the pieces. For those of you who are not familiar with Metro.us, it’s a free daily paper distributed at commuter stations in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. Thursday is travel day, and I write the regional travel pieces. My contact info is on most pieces, which is a very nice perk.

But this means I can’t be complacent about the on-line presence. Like this website. Nice, but a little dated. So I’ve been revamping it, trying out new themes, playing with layouts. I am of the generation that was born when there were only 3 TV stations and those signed off at midnight, when the Princess Phone was an innovation, and stick shift was standard for driving. I am not a techno-anything, and learning to navigate and design this page has nearly reduced me to tears more than once. It’s certainly given me an even greater appreciation for Bailey’s.

But I’ve persevered and I think I’m getting a handle on this. God love the very patient “Happiness Engineers” with WordPress. They are not paid enough to deal with hopeless cases like mine!