This post is linked up to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge.
Since I’m a book blogger, it shouldn’t be a surprise that most of my strengths have to do with the humanities. When I was a student, I took as many writing, literature, and humanities courses as I could get away with—I only tackled two relatively simple science courses in college (though I took AP Bio and AP Psychology in high school and enjoyed both of those), and I never took a math class after I took pre-calculus my junior year of high school. Math (and math-related sciences) intimidated me—I couldn’t wrap my head around them.
Technology has always been the same. It scares me! But nowadays I spend a HUGE chunk of my day on the computer, so I can’t avoid it completely. I don’t want to be baffled by technology or let it get the best of me, but I often find myself shying away from anything that takes more than the most basic technological knowledge. Not good in the blogging world.
Case in point: Here’s an actual exchange between Shannon (of It Starts at Midnight) and me that went on in the comments of one of my bite-sized reviews posts.
After this conversation, I immediately went to the UBB settings and got the API keys I needed. It took me all of two minutes. I then did a search for “UBB multiple books” and found these instructions, which told me exactly how to put more than one book into a post.
Now, I’ll confess that it didn’t work perfectly right away—I wanted a picture and some text to show up above the first book, and I had to play with it a little bit to figure out that the way to get that to work. (In case you’re like me and you hadn’t figured this out— you should skip filling out the main UBB fields, check the box so that the info for that main book isn’t displayed, and just enter your first book into Book 1.) Still, it didn’t take me that much effort to get it all figured out.
So why had I avoided it so long?
The short answer: I was scared.
The fact is that technology still intimidates me more than I’d like to admit. Every time I decide to use some new form or linky or plug-in, I cringe just a little bit at the idea because I just have this fear that I won’t be able to figure it out. And logically I know that I probably can figure it out—even if it doesn’t work perfectly the first time—but that doesn’t stop me from being intimidated. It’s like I’ve programmed myself with years of thinking that I’m “not good at things like that.” And that fear is often enough to keep me from trying.
Nowadays, I actually have to do a bit of chemistry and algebra to help my kids with their homeschool classes—I actually don’t teach them these classes directly, but I still have to know a lot of it to help them. And I’m finding it’s not as hard as I’d built it up to be in my head. (Okay, sometimes algebra still baffles me and I have to look up how to do things, but I can do it.) I don’t give myself enough credit when it comes to math, science and technology, and that needs to change.
SO, in 2017 I am vowing to be less afraid of technology! If I want to do something new on the blog, I’m going to approach it with the idea that I can do it, even if it doesn’t work instantly.
How about you? Are you a techie or does the mere mention of CSS or optimizing plugins make you want to cry? I want to know!