‘Upload Your Grandma’: West Seattleite gets the non-online, online

Wisdom, humor, history … our elders have a lot to offer. But you don’t get to see/hear/read much of it online, at least not from the very oldest among us. West Seattleite Shanna Christie noticed this, particularly in regards to her own grandma, and decided to address it with UploadYourGrandma.com. She announced it on the WSB Facebook wall last night:

I’ve started a blog for my Grandmother, a 96 year old West Seattle resident, so that I can share the thoughts of someone who is not online, with the rest of the world. … As part of this project, if anyone else has elderly relatives who has ideas, opinions or perspectives too good not to share, I invite you to “upload” them to this site! It’s been a fun experiment so far and it is great to hear from a generation who is often left out of the digital world.

Here’s a weather-appropriate sample of what Shanna’s grandma has to say – screengrab from a recent post:

Of course there are some 90-plus’ers online, and Shanna speaks to that point today. But if the one(s) you know and love isn’t – go upload her/him, while you still can! (P.S. You can find Shanna’s site, and The Grandma, on Twitter, too.)

5 Replies to "'Upload Your Grandma': West Seattleite gets the non-online, online"

  • Trileigh November 27, 2011 (11:42 am)

    What a great idea, I love this! Would it be OK if people upload comments from other people’s grandmas (i.e., not their own relatives)? Both of my grandmothers are long gone, but I do know some terrific older folks.

  • Shanna November 27, 2011 (12:42 pm)

    You bet Trileigh! And if older folks themselves are online, they are also invited to submit directly.

  • MargL November 27, 2011 (1:47 pm)

    lol – now I get to say The Grandma is on The Blog! ;-)

  • LatteRose November 27, 2011 (3:06 pm)

    I like this idea a lot! I’ve just been perusing the website now. I miss both my grandmas.

  • smile November 27, 2011 (6:17 pm)

    I LOVE this concept! Wonderful blog, Shanna! I work as a care provider to the elderly and treasure my time with these amazing people. There is SO MUCH to learn from them. You and your family will look back on this adventure someday and be so glad you did it. KUDOs to You!

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