Thursday, July 8, 2010

"Easier Said Than Done"

Whenever I try to develop a new computer skill, it always turns out to be "Easier Said Than Done".  This was true when computers changed from Word Processors to PCs.  It was true learning a multitude of software and hardware, everything from Word Perfect to Quicken, Excel, Publisher, Scanners, navigating the Web, and of course, blogging!  Plus everthing in between.  I've been using a computer since the 1970s, it shouldn't be this hard!  Despite nearly 40 years of having a computer at work and then at home, it never gets easier.  That's because the mysterious "they" keep changing the darn things, adding new capabilities, taking away things I like and can do, developing new software and operating systems, and all the rest....ALL THE TIME!  

In most cases I have managed to muddle through with a little help from somebody who knew what they were doing and a LOT of trial and error (mostly error!)  When I was working I got to be a whiz at all the office applications.  Okay, so maybe not all of them exactly, but definitely enough to earn the big bucks!  I'm pretty good on Word and Power Point, I can eventually get something done in Excel.  Basically all the basic word processing stuff is right at my fingertips. 

But now even the Internet is getting harder to least to the same level as everybody else seems able to do.  It has generally been true over the years that I learn how to use stuff by just trying different things until I sort it out.  A manual (if you can even find one) doesn't help very much, usually just adding to my confusion.  You see, I don't like to ask for help.  Mostly because the answers I get never seem to answer the question I have! 

I like simple stuff.  A telephone that makes and receives phone calls.  My cell phone is a thousand years old (that's OK, so am I) but that's pretty much all it does.  A tv that I know how to turn on and off, a DVD, VCR and the like that I can figure out how to use!  We have all the gadgets (the Big Guy, like most men) isn't happy unless he has all the latest toys.  I finally begin to figure out how to use one and they come out with the newest of the new and I'm back to square one! 

I'm sorry if this sounds familiar.  I think I may have ranted this rant before.  It's just been a frustrating couple of weeks.  All I want to do is add a button for grabbing on my blog.  I really want to learn how to do this.  There are all these cute and clever memes out there that I might want to do.  I'd love to have a button so I could trade them with my followers.

But I cannot figure out what I am doing!!  My sweet friends Laurie and Beth have both done buttons for me, but for whatever reason they weren't quite right and besides I want to learn how to do this.  As far as I can tell, there is not simple, straightforward web page that explains the process from start to where do you get the pictures, how do you combine all the different elements, how do you attach a link, how can I make something personalized so that it is attractive and fun????? 

Everything I've tried has been a colossal FAILURE!  Instead, I want to have a great SUCCESS!  

But oh, no, "they" won't stop making stuff  "Easier Said Than Done"!   Because you know it is  certainly "their" fault that I'm an inept techno-dweeb!


  1. And I thought you said that you and I aren't at all alike!!! litttle sis

  2. The actual graphics do take some work...lots of trial and error! But if you figure out how to make it I can give you easy instructions on how to make it "grabbable" on your blog. :)

  3. You are soooo right! About the time I think I've got something figured out, all of the bloggers start doing something new and better, and I have to start all over again if I want to keep up with them. I learn so much better by trial and error than by asking questions, but I never know if I'm going to blow up my computer by trying and "erroring". Have you been to Google Images? If not, google it, and add it to your favorites. Type a word or words in the search box on Google Images, and you'll get all kinds of photos pertaining to the word(s). Good luck! I have faith in you. You can do it! I'm glad C. Beth can give you easy instructions on making it grabbable. THAT'S the hard part, in my opinion. laurie

  4. I'm pretty good with computer apps, love my iPhone, love high tech stuff. But when it comes to my blog and trying to dress it up, I always run to my daughter for help. For some reason the whole blog thing confuses the hell out of me!

  5. Sandi, I know what you mean! Unfortunately my daughter dear is technologically challenged, just like her mother!


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