Old Dog New Tricks : Day 5 #WTFOW#5

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Can an old dog learn new tricks?


You can’t teach an old dog new tricks goes the adage. This old  dog ( and female at that!) has managed to learn quite a few and turned it on its head . When I was growing up computers were mainframe . When I grew up they became Desktops. Now when I’m old they’ve become tablets and smartphones.

I first got a  huge bulky monstrosity of a Desktop  to write my great big novel. But like most of my novel dreams were diverted by the departure of Hubby Dear’s secretary . All of a sudden he was without an assistant so I had to pick up the keyboard and mouse.

Old dog learns new tricks

  • While my friends were busy learning Bridge and Golf now that the kids were out of our hair, I began my journey into the virtual world .
  • I learnt how to type emails, archive them and retrieve them.
  • I learnt how to scan documents and attach them to messages.
  • I learnt how to reboot and back up my data.
  • In fact I learnt a whole new vocabulary like control+alt+delete .

Old dog learns even more new tricks

But what really transformed my life was my introduction to the Internet and the world of blogs

Alas, a time came when my secretarial services were no longer required as Hubby Dear’s business profile changed. With my DeskTop now slimmer and my time all my own, I could have gone back to my novel. But the fates decided otherwise and I began a blog purely as a means of keeping my daughter overseas abreast with my news.

And that was the beginning of the greatest learning journey of my life. URL, domain, WordPress and Blogger became part of my daily life. It was a long time before I understood SEO and Keywords and Twitter and Facebook.

Recently I learnt about comments and pingbacks and child themes and plugins.

Can I show off with my latest skill? Canva was the first online graphic design site I tried out

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and that’s not all! Here’s another one using  Piktochart

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and finally this one using SNAPPA

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This is my post for #WTFOW#5.


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[tweetthis display_mode=”box” remove_twitter_handles=”true” remove_url=”true”]Undoubtedly SNAPPA was the easiest to use[/tweetthis]


A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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12 Responses

  1. Alana says:

    You are never too old, proven by the iPhone my mother in law uses. She is in her late 80’s and is even active on Facebook. Her 83 year old friend loves Instagram and playing online games.
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Wow! That’s really heartening to know. There are some women my age ( 58) who do nothing apart from playing solitaire on the computer. What a waste !

  2. Esha Dutta says:

    You are amazing, Sunita…its wonderful to see you keeping up-to-date with technology and writing these awesome posts ….so much better than just whiling away the time doing nothing creative or constructive! Way to go! You’re an an inspiration for the rest of us…

  3. Rajlakshmi says:

    There’s new technology almost every day so I guess we will never be old to learn new stuffs … but it becomes so hard to keep a track of all these new apps and softwares… I haven’t tried Snappa yet … will check it out.
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  4. Kala Ravi says:

    Sunita, I am frightfully outdated I’m afraid! I have no clue about any of those new things you’ve mentioned! I just about manage to blog…..you dear lady are a true inspiration!
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  5. That’s quite a feat….It is never too late to learn I guess….One just needs the will…
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  6. Dashy says:

    Aha, I never tried out an online graphic design site. Way to go with this blog, it is amazing! Of course, one can’t be too old to learn something new. And yeah, technology is advancing a bit too fast to keep up.
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