Well, it was bound to happen. For years, my mother has been saying that she doesn’t understand what I do, and there’s no point explaining it to her. When I was a teenager, I had to stick pieces of masking tape with numbers on them to the computer so my parents could figure out how to turn it on. But she always listens patiently as I talk, with the occasional “is that good?” thrown in so I know she’s listening.
Occasionally, I think about whether or not to blog something, and I think “would I want my mother to see this?” Then I think, hey, my mother will never be a blogger. She’s never gonna read this.
Well, the time has come. My mother’s a smart cookie, and this afternoon I spent some time talking her through what a blog is and setting her up with her own, Ramblings by Judy.
So the question is, when your mother starts blogging, does it somehow become less cool, like if she likes your music? Do I have to pretend that I don’t like blogging now? Will anybody see it if I roll my eyes and put a safety pin in my keyboard?
Actually, she does seem to have at least some sense of what this is all about. Her first post is about the difference in people’s brains before and after morning coffee, and I definitely should not be surprised. Let me tell you, when she says that she’s a bear before that morning coffee, she means it. I’m not sure about that hypothesis of hers, though:
I wonder if anyone has done a study on morning personality. When coffee drinkers are grouchy in the morning and they have their coffee they are fine. Non-coffee drinkers that are grouchy in the morning are grouchy all day.
You keep telling yourself that, Mom.
She’s just got the basic setup right now, while she gets used to it. Later, I’ll introduce her to blogrolls, RSS feeds, and all of that stuff.
But not until she’s had her morning coffee.