Gmail is the Gateway

Aspirations despoil our contentment. I aspire.

My aspirations concern my desire to become an influencer on YouTube, if that’s a thing. After all, I am of the generation who thinks TikTok is the name of a clock repair shop, which leaves me unsure if someone, especially someone my age, can be an influencer anywhere else but on the virtual platform with the timekeeping name.

Therefore my contentment has been despoiled in my search for validation as an influencer. So how do I begin? My first thought is who do you call for advice? My second thought is that it is no longer who but what. These days if you want to know the answer to anything you search the internet. Right? Of course right! For me this insight is progress.

Frustrations ensues. I ask how to create a YouTube account and a video pops up featuring a self-assured young woman. I expected no less. The problem is that she directs me to Google to create a Gmail account. Such is the keeper of the gate to influencer fame. I click the link and am transported to a person-less screen, no human visual, no self-assuredness either. Just a giant statement:

Create a Gmail account

To sign up for Gmail, create a Google Account. You can use the username and password to sign in to Gmail and other Google products like YouTube, Google Play, and Google Drive.

Sign up for a Gmail account

  1. Go to the Google Account sign in page.
  2. Click Create account.
  3. Follow the steps on the screen to set up your account.
  4. Use the account you created to sign in to Gmail.

Create an account

I follow instructions pretty well and click another link. This ones takes me to a sign in screen but I can’t sign in. First I must create the account to sign into. My quick analysis of the situation prompts me to wonder why I wasn’t directed to this second screen first. I guess because all things happen at hyper-drive speed extra steps are inconsequential.

The second screen prompts me to provide personal information, which I will refrain from providing here; not to protect the innocent but to protect the naïve. Fearfully I wait for the body probe to take place. Thankfully it doesn’t, at least not to my knowledge, so I proceed.

Next: A YouTube account.

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