My Love/Hate Relationship with Tech


I’ve mentioned before that I’m no techie, right? More than once, come to think of it. Well, here I go again. When my son helped me set up my first blog site on blogspot last summer, little did I know what I was getting into. I mean literally, I did not know anything about writing blogs. The closest I’d come to it was watching the movie Julie & Julia, seeing the Julie character writing her daily posts about cooking.

To begin with, I had to learn how to actually post a blog. Then there was the business of comments – on the few occasions I received one – how to approve or disapprove them and how to answer. I’m still not collecting very many on blogspot. I don’t know if it’s my writing or a flaw in the comments feature, but that’s what made me hop over to WordPress and set up my home page. And what a headache that turned into! It took me forever to get started. When I finally did, I had fun designing my header (likewise on blogspot) but couldn’t figure out widgets. I’m still having trouble with some of those and don’t know how/where to show comments. They’re all stacked up on my Front Page. Looks awful!

Next came my blogroll. What is it and how do I create it? Harry from the U.K. advised me a bit on that. Now there’s my latest hurdle: rss feeds. What on God’s green earth are they? I still don’t really understand them, but I did manage to set up rss widgets for my posts and comments. However, readers were still telling me they couldn’t find my rss feed. Stumped, I went hunting for help today (should have done so before) and came across an old post by a WordPress user. He gave an example of what such a feed should look like. From that, I learned how to string mine together. Well, I think I did. It worked for me. If you’d like to try it, here it is: https://lynhorner.wordpress.com/feed/

Now, am I supposed to post this on my front page, or place a widget of some kind there? I don’t know. Do you? If you’re tech savvy, I’m sure you think I’m a total dunce, and you’re right. I don’t know much tech stuff, I don’t want to know much tech stuff! I’m a writer. I just want to hide in my little cave and write! Yet, without computers and the internet, and all the stress that comes with them, I would never have published my books. So, while I hate all the tech problems, I love the results.

Ooftah! as a Scandinavian friend in Minnesota would exclaim. That’s my meltdown for today. Maybe I can squeeze in an hour or two of actual writing now. Oh, happy day!

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