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m ~ I~| .V4JbJ..I~JUU|IIL. Ill, II 41~,,i~i Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Trenton Sun Page 7 - Local Dear Savvy Senior, I recently read an article about seniors who share their talents, experiences and thoughts with others through their own per- sonal Internet biog. I have always been pretty good in the kitchen and think it would be fun to start a cooking and recipe blog, but I don't know where to start. What can you tell me? Granny Blogger Dear Granny, Starting a blog is a fun and stimulating pastime for seniors, not to mention a great way to share wisdoms and make new friends. Here's what you should know. A GROWING TREND Blogging has never been so popular among boomers and se- niors! Today there are literally thousands of bloggers over age 55. In fact, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, five percent of online U.S. seniors have created a blog, and 20 per- cent have read someone else's blog. But before I go any further, a blog (short for Web log) is a per- sonal online journal where you can write about anything or ev- erything that interests you, and you can post pictures, too. The newest blog entry is always at the top of the page. Readers can com- ment on each post, often creating a rich and enlightening conversa- tion. HOW TO START Fortunately, you don't need to know much about technology to get started. If you have a home computer and Internet access you can start your own blog in a mat- ter of minutes and in many cases it's free. Here are some tips to help you get started. Pick a theme: If you already know you want to blog about cooking you're ahead of the game. Topic driven blogs (writing on something specific) attracts more readers than a personal blogs - which are online diaries for peo- ple who want to write about what- ever interest them at the time. Personal blogs are fun outlets for seniors who want to keep family and friends informed of what's go- ing on in their lives. Choose a name: Pick a short name for your blog that encom- passes your theme or identifies with you. Select a blog hosting se rice: While there are lots of options to choose from, two good ones are Blogger.com (which is free) and Typepad.com (which charges a minimal fee). Both of these sites are incredibly easy to use, and offer a variety of pre-made tem- plates, color schemes and more that allow you to personalize your blog. If you want more hosting options check out Livejournal. com, JournalHome.com, 360.ya- hoo.corn, WordPress.com, TheDi- ary.org, Mindsay.com, Blog.com, Blogagotchi.com, Blogdrive.com, Blogidentity.com, Weebly.com and Xanga.com. Test it out: After you've set up your blog, write a few posts to test it out, and make any adjustments to the layout or style that you see fit. Promote your blog: After you get up and running send your friends and family your blog- ging address so they can visit. And when you visit other blogs of similar interest, build a blogging circle by leaving comments along with your blog address so they can visit you too. SAVVY TIPS When you blog, avoid giving out too much personal informa- tion such as your last name, ad- dress, phone number, etc. While the Internet can be a wonderful window to the world it can also be a dangerous place. Also, don't feel bad or rejected if no one visits your blog for the first few months. As with anything new on the In- ternet, it will take some time for your blog to get noticed. But keep in mind that frequent blogging (several times a week) helps at- tract visitors. And to find other blogs you may be interested in, go to blog search sites like blog- search.google.com or technorati. com and click on "Blogs." Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit sav- vysenior.org. Jim Miller is a con- tributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. Senior Meal Menu December 22-26 MON: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Hashbrown Cas- serole, Biscuit, Fruit TUES: Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce, Italian Veggies, Gar- lic Toast, Dessert WED- FRI: Closed for Christmas Seniors must call 224-9913 before 9 a.m. and leave a message. Chicken, Shrimp & Fish Fry Every Friday Evening Starting at 4:30 p.m. AVlSTON LEGION HOME Phone 228-7311 ~o~J~arryouts available, Please order chicken before 6:30 nover in New Baden. December Birthday s ........ TRENTONai~NIORI~DiTtZENs CELEBRATED THEIR December birthdays last Thursday afte't~oon at the Trenton Meal Site before lunch. From left, Dorothy Kampwerth, Leona Boien, Betty Wobbe, Virgil Wilhelm, Eileen Rensing and Dolores Maue were all on hand to celebrate with cake. Want help with that New Year's resolution? Wish those waistbands weren't so tight? Do you just want to feel better? JOIN OUR 5-MONTH FAT-BURNING CONTEST INSPIRED BY NBC's "BIGGEST LOSER!!!" m based on percentage of body fat lost nutrition talks, tools & cooking demos advanced exercise program available body composition measured weekly great monthly & overall prizes new/existing HealthPlex members invited Call or stop by the HealthPlex to sign up before December 31. HealthPlex registration requires clearance byyour physician and a prescheduled facility orientation. Physician clearance forms may be available atyour doctor's office, can be picked up at the HealthPlex, or can be downloaded at www.stjoebreese.com. You must be a HealthPlex member to participate. There is a one-time $50 Challenge charge in addition to the HealthPlex fee of $30 per month (significant family discounts are available). nu 618.224.2400 Open 11:00 AM Wed. 12/24 Breaded Tenderloin, Steak Fries & Baked Beans FAMILY PACK 1 2 pieces Fried Chicken, Lg. Sides, Rolls & Butter s1 5.99 Fri. 12/26 Grilled Salmon or Breaded Tilapia w/any 2 sides Call for New Year's Eve Reservations/ We will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas Any trips for Friday, Dec. 26 must be scheduled by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23rd. South Central Transit 1616 E. McCord, Centralia, IL 62801 532-8076 * 800-660-7433 General Public Transportation We will also be closed Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 in observance of New Year's Day Any trips Friday, Jan. 2 must be scheduled by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008.