New – Blog Carnival

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Welcome to the One Word At A Time Blog Carnival – this week’s word is: New.

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What’s so Great About New?

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I think I thought I was being really clever when I scheduled last carnival’s word as ‘old‘ and this time’s as ‘new’. I wasn’t. I see that now. It just made the word harder to write for. I’m sorry….


What’s so great about new things, anyway?

To be honest, I really don’t know.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE new stuff. I like shiny new things, particularly if they’re electronic devices… or cars. I love getting deliveries. Seeing Fed Ex or UPS turn up outside the house is always exciting – especially when you have a memory like mine and can never remember what you’ve ordered.

But the shine quickly wears off and the wonderful new things that held so much promise always turn out to be just something new to mess up, have to clean, break and get frustrated with.

Every time I get a new phone, I’m excited for the first couple of hours and then I soon come to realize it’s just a device for making calls and wasting time. It’s nothing to write home about (or even to CALL home about).

New laptops are wonderful… until I’ve spent five hours loading all my software onto them and slowed them down to a snails pace just like the old one.

Maybe I’m getting older and wiser. Maybe I’m maturing – or maybe I’m just getting cynical but new is beginning to lose its appeal.

Old and reliable is beginning to trump new and exciting. I’m seeing increasingly that I yearn for old-fashioned values, morals and ethics over new ‘more advanced’ ones.

New will be good when it comes in the form of a new roof which doesn’t leak… but it will lose its lustre pretty quickly when the bill comes.

Where possible, I’ll stick with the old, I think. After all, as King Solomon says:

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:9

…although if someone wanted to buy me some shiny new toy…. 😉

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

2 thoughts on “New – Blog Carnival”

  1. Carol says:

    I appreciate old things and sometimes shop at resale stores. A newspaper article stimulated my post about a new toy.

  2. hazel i moon says:

    New is good at times, depends on what it is. I have some old antiques that I love so in that case old is better. Grocery shopping I like to get fresh new produce – not old 🙂

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