Well, I thought I was going to end this blog again. Not directly because of my vision loss this time but because the crappy new Google Blogger interface finally took permanent hold. This update caused me intense frustration.
I literally can no longer blog on my iPad 2. In fact, I can't even check stats or my reading list anymore. When I go to Blogger, I am directed to a page shaming me for having such antiquated technology. It tells me i need to download a new browser, which is hilarious because when I tried, none of the big browsers were compatible with my iPad 2. The sketchy, unfamiliar names were downloadable but wouldn't let me blog either.
What's a freakboy to do?
Well, wallow in self-pity for a bit and then use my wits. I strapped on the mask, kept the hand sanitizer handy (which I hate using) and sat down at one of the library computers. The good news is I could blog. The bad news was that the preview of my post looked like crap. I typed the post on my tablet and emailed everything to myself. Then I copied and pasted my words onto my blog and there were suddenly no lines between paragraphs and no spaces between sentences.
I wanted to give up because there was no way I would go back through and add lines and spaces without losing what's left of my mind. Yet, I didn't give up. I fought my way back to this blog in 2017 and I couldn't just let it go. After much crying and cursing, I finally located the compose button that set my post up just like I originally typed it. So, I blogged about a book about the film VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, which seemed appropriate since I nearly ended up on my knees in an alleyway shouting into the air, "Freakboy! Freakboy!"
Still, I hate being tethered to the library computers again, especially after the last several months. I fully blogged via my tablet from mid-March until earlier in September. It feels like I've taken a huge step backwards. Then I worry about an increase of COVID-19 cases causeing a second lockdown, thus closing the library again. Yes, I'm being selfish, but blogging really helped me from falling into complete despair this year. However, I know I'll deal with that eventuality when it comes and sparkle, freakboy sparkle. I could try blogging on my phone but that thought scares me more than a second wave.
That's been my September. I didn't create a video for The FreakOptic Files, but that's ok. Quality over quantity, right?*
Catch you in October, thankfully.
Thank you for reading or listening to my half-blind words.
P.S. *I'll let you decide...
There will be a Collective Eye in October, thanks to the library computers. It may be late in opening, or maybe not. We shall see. Until then, here is one more glance at September.....