Fun with Blogging, Computers and Ergonomics

When I say ‘fun’ I mean the blogging part, the actual creative writing and posting of pictures, thoughts and other fancies; the technical computer issues and ergonomics, not so much. First let me tell you that for years I got paid to sit at a desk with one or more computers on it, my little fingers working away at those keyboards most of the day and for the most part, pain-free. If I had technical issues with my desktop I could call the Help Desk, and if I had issues with my workspace I could call upon the Safety experts and they would evaluate the desk, chair, keyboard, whatever, until it was ‘ergonomically’ correct.

Now I blog at home and alas there is no one to call upon for these issues. So recently when I became uncomfortable at my desk I decided it was time for a new chair. And since my computer kept freezing up – it was 6 years old, ancient in computer years – I replaced it too.

Sounds simple enough, right? Sure, uh-huh.

First the chair. The old one wasn’t working anymore. I couldn’t sit long without lower back pain so off we went to buy the most comfortable chair in the store. ‘In the store’ – these are the operative words for unfortunately it doesn’t work so well with my desk at home. My husband will likely keep the new chair to replace his ancient one – which I am now using as I type this. I still seek a new chair. And maybe a new desk too. (It’s the domino effect folks, and it’s starting to get expensive.)

Second the computer. I had forgotten about the hassles of dismantling the old one and setting up the new. And the joy of sifting through billions of pictures to save and transfer. Yes, thanks to digital cameras I take five times as many pictures as I need, most of which I will never look at again and save them in files on my computer. And no I don’t use the cloud, whatever exactly that is. Lesson learned I guess.

Don’t mean to complain here, but I’m anxious to get back to blogging in a comfortable environment, sharing with you pictures of my favorite cats and travels too, pain-free. In the meantime Benji has tested the new computer and finds it ergonomically to his satisfaction, especially when using his feet. I admit I haven’t tried that yet.

Do my fellow bloggers have these issues? Or are you all sitting comfortably on your sofa, feet up, blogging on your laptop or phone? If so, I envy you.

~ Susanne

26 Comments on “Fun with Blogging, Computers and Ergonomics

  1. These all seem like issues we all face in different, yet similar ways…specifically when a tech issue arises and refuses to submit quietly to us!

  2. My biggest change was going from Windows computer to my Apple IMac. It was easier than I feared and I am glad I did. I do use Apple Cloud and it does a good job of letting me move photos easily from my I phone to my I Pad or computer and onto my blog. My grandson teases me that I am “all Apple all the time.” I don’t work for Apple! I just found their customer support has been invaluable.

  3. I sit at a big desk, with a very good office chair, bought second-hand five years ago. I use a six year-old Hewlwt-Packard PC, running Windows 7, and rarely have major issues with it. Then again, I have used less than 35 gb of the 1 tb available, so it doesn’t usually run slowly. I also don;t use any apps or games, and have a simple free antivirus.
    What I do do regularly is to use CC Cleaner (free) to tidy up files, delete unnecessary ones, and clear cookies. Then I use the Auslogics Disk Defrag (also free to download) to defragment all the files and tidy them up. As I said earlier, my anti-virus is also free, (Avira) and unlike the ‘deadly twins’ of MacAfee or Norton, is doesn’t take over every aspect of the computer.
    When all else fails, I ‘phone a friend’, someone who knows what he is talking about, when it comes to a computer. If he is unavailable, I ask fellow bloggers, and they always help.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • All good advice Pete and I’ll look into the free products you mention. If I have serious computer issues I usually call my friend, the desktop expert I used to work with. And I learned a lesson with my digital cameras too ( I hope) to narrow down the pictures I save- quality not quantity! Thanks as always for your comment. 🙂

      • I have used those free downloads for six years, and they have never let me down. They do keep suggesting paid upgrades, but I just ignore the pop-ups.

  4. I hear you! I’m prone to neck and shoulder issues so having a good computer work area is essential for me. I also work from home about one day a week. My chair is quite old now, but the shape and fit is still quite good. Only things I’d like to be different are the arm rests and material of the chair itself (itchy when wearing shorts). I have a desk that I can adjust in height so that helps. Both my chair and desk are from ikea. At work I have my own office chair (we ‘flex’ so don’t have our own work spaces). I usually work on my blog from my couch, which I shouldn’t be really doing, haha.

    Transferring things to a new computer is such a pain! I recently made a back up of all my documents and files, and it took foreverrr. I feel your pain!

    • An adjustable desk would be great! In my last office I actually had 2 desks, a stand-up and a regular one and I loved being able to switch between them. I just got a new chair from Ikea that I’m trying out and may go back and get a new desk too. As far as the new computer goes, transferring the photos was the worst part and I’m still feeling the pain, literally! thanks for your comment! 🙂

  5. First I have to say Benji is sooo cute!! They make themselves comfortable anywhere, don’t they? My “blogging desk” is my recliner, with my laptop literally on my lap. Which can be a pain sometimes as a lap is not the most stable surface to work on. I take my pictures with my iPhone and even though I have a PC, I figured out how to have my a copy of my photos go directly to iCloud and to a folder on my computer. From there I save them to folders on my desktop for my blog (like “misc Foster”) lol. But I almost always read and respond to other people’s blogs using my phone. 😀

    • I like your blogging desk!! Sounds comfy! I often use my phone to respond to other blogs and sometimes to make minor edits to drafts but I spend the most time on the desktop. The photos have been the most challenging to maintain since I now have 2 nice cameras, and also use my phone to take pictures. I’ve been kinda ‘trigger happy’ and need to scale it back! And yes, Benji and Tiger both like to come visit me while I’m at my computer, and Benji especially gets quite comfortable! 🙂

  6. I don’t know if I could get much blogging done with Benji obviously needing a cuddle!! 😀

    I normally sit on the sofa (or sometimes in bed) when I blog. I have a desk at work, but at home I just sit wherever is comfiest, or closest to the cat!!

    • I’m sitting at my desk writing this with Benji on my lap 🙂 At least he’s not on the keyboard! I do have a tablet and need to use it more often from my recliner to give my hands a break from the desktop and mouse. thanks for your comment. 🙂

  7. We invested in a new laptop last year. I blog on my laptop or my phone really. We don’t have great WiFi at home so that is a test on some nights! Next year I’ll be getting a desk and chair in our study and I can’t wait! I write on my lap or at the kitchen table.

    Rachael | https://rachaelstray.com/

    • Sounds good! I do use my tablet and phone occasionally, but send most of the time at my desk. Still working on getting things perfect! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  8. My every day is spent in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts, sitting on my living room couch, laptop on the coffee table which is covered in empty water glasses and an overflowing ashtray while I blog away and play with and totally revamp then revamp my blog pages and then look at them again in disgust while outlining my next blog post in my brain. Then I spend a ridiculous amount of time reading other blogs and sending their links out into cyber space while growing my twitter and pinterest following…I do not have time to go look for an ergonomically sound desk and chair and my back is grateful because I am far more comfortable on the couch, plus I get to fall asleep here when no one can pry me away from the laptop. One day, I may just do something that does not revolve around blogging but that is not any time soon. I’m addicted.

    • Sounds good to me! I don’t have a laptop and find the tablet and phone too small for serious blogging! And I do understand your addiction! 🙂

  9. I have a lot of trouble with ergonomics, but I also have chronic pain. I was supplied with a very fancy chair by Disabled Students’ Allowance — way fancier than I’d buy myself — and I dread the day I ever have to replace it, because it’s great.

    • Oh chronic pain! That can’t be easy! 😐 I’m glad you have a chair that’s working for you! I overdid it trying to clean my photos up (too many hours of repetitive motion) and am doing my best to rest my arm this week.

      • I can relate to that. I’ve had chronic wrist pain for five years due to repetitive strain type injury, so I have to be careful. I find arthritis/compression gloves help when I’m using a mouse a lot! (I also have an ergonomic keyboard and mouse — while more expensive than a regular keyboard, it’s definitely been worth it for me.)

  10. I have all the tech and ergonomics in place. My husband mans my help desk, which works well unless he is out of town. But my new kitty loves to lay on the keyboard or in front of the monitor. In her defense, she is really cute and purrs to disarm me.

    • Bummer. My office furniture at work was great, but my home office has been more challenging! But at least it comes complete with cats! 🐱

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