I could be the poster child for the “computerly challenged.” Just made up a new word there, but it best describes what I am talking about.
I know there are others out there in www-land who understand that. A month ago, if you had asked me about my URI or about the widgets I use on my blog site, my reaction would have been “Huhhh?”
I still couldn’t precisely define those terms, but I have learned a lot in the last few days. It all began when I tried to change the email address associated with this blog. I thought I had, until I suddenly couldn’t get into the administrative section to be able to add, edit, or post. And what I ended up with was a duplicate page asking me where I wanted to start.
Wait! What? Start what? I already have a blog, but where is it? For two days my blog was in some sort of purgatory, waiting for me to pray it out of there or come rescue it, which, as you can see, I did, but not without the risk of damage to my sanity.
So what happened, you may well ask. For starters, I thought I had changed my email associated with the site and thought up a new password. And then I removed the original email account. Apparently that didn’t work because every time I tried to sign in with the new email, the program refused to recognize me.
Things get a little muddled here, because I went through a whole round of helpful (or not) exercises with the support team that got me nowhere. Lest I give the wrong impression, those who responded to my cry for help tried their best before sending me on to one of the experts, who walked me through yet another series of steps. There is a Computer God because I finally recovered the original email and using the last password I could remember, “A Writers’ Consortium” popped up. Happy me.
What does this have to do with the writing life? Seems like everything, especially in this day of instant communication where we have so many resources that let us put our work out there for the world to see. It’s another lesson in adjusting and adapting to the way things are done, and every day is a learning opportunity.
What did I learn? Mainly that I always need to do my research before flying off in a different or unfamiliar direction. Had I gone through more of the tutorials with wordpress.com, or asked some questions in the on-line forum, I might have avoided all the stress. It’s the same with writing. Do the research. Check the facts. Then check them again. It’s all about getting it right.
And, oh yes, develop a system for remembering passwords.