Eureka! Transcending my technophobia

Amazingly enough, I just figured out how to create a blogroll and added links to six of you under the heading of Blog Book Tours. This was a major hurdle for me, as I suffer acute anxiety when confronted with confusing new computer challenges.

A couple of years ago, at my husband’s suggestion, I enrolled in a course in Dreamweaver web design at the local community college. I was by far the oldest student there, and the only one either nervy enough or stupid enough to ask any questions. The instructor was super-speedy; even worse, she had a truly unintelligible Russian accent. Before the third class, I suffered a panic attack so acute that I ended up having an EKG at the doctor’s office. Next day, I withdrew – and I still don’t know Dreamweaver. Rather ironic, since I graduated with distinction from a couple of Ivy League schools.

If I can actually learn to enjoy fooling around with internet stuff without asking my hubby for advice, it’ll be a major win! Speaking of my husband, we celebrated our 34th anniversary today (May 3) with dinner at a great new Albany restaurant – New World Bistro Bar, for those of you in the area, and I know Alexis is.

I’ll add more links tomorrow. Now, I’ll try seeing if the ones I added actually work. I’ll post more about my community organizing seminar as well – thanks to those of you who asked.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patricia Stoltey
    May 04, 2009 @ 03:51:47

    Never fear, Julie. Anxiety when faced with new computer tasks or unfamiliar software is a common reaction for those of us who decided to be writers. Who knew we had to also be proficient computer technicians?

    Okay, next step. Figure out this statistics html gadget thingie.

    Pat
    http://www.patriciastoltey.blogspot.com

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  2. NA Sharpe
    May 04, 2009 @ 04:03:30

    Great job Julie – I know I always feel a great feeling of accomplishment when I can figure out how to add a gadget or widget or whatchamacallit. Yeah. A technician I most certainly am not! Looking forward to tomorrow’s post!

    NA Sharpe
    http://nancysharpe.blogspot.com

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  3. Enid Wilson
    May 04, 2009 @ 04:13:09

    Don’t worry Julie, I have problem with blogroll and other new tech as well. We can figure them out together!

    http://steamyfantasy.blogspot.com

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  4. Dr.Mani
    May 04, 2009 @ 12:31:38

    I was watching “Little Miss Sunshine” today, and grandpa says:

    “Losers are those who give up because they can’t stand the thought of NOT winning!”

    Kudos for keeping on – AND winning the techie wars. Each victory is special. Enjoy them 🙂

    All success
    Dr.Mani
    Author: “Think, Write & RETIRE!”
    http://ThinkWriteRetire.com

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  5. Jane Kennedy Sutton
    May 04, 2009 @ 12:36:37

    That’s one of the great things about the taking part in the blog a day challenge – I learned so much from the experience in the last class. Congratualtions on your anniversary!

    Jane Kennedy Sutton
    http://janekennedysutton.blogspot.com/

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  6. Karen Brees
    May 04, 2009 @ 15:00:04

    Julie,
    I like your site. It’s clean and well-organized. You’ll figure out the techie thing. Look at what you’ve already accomplished!

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  7. Gayle
    May 04, 2009 @ 17:51:46

    Just when I think I know what I’m doing, somebody invents something new and screws me up. And I’m a former software engineer!

    You’re not alone.

    Gayle
    http://gaylecarline.blogspot.com

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  8. Elle Parker
    May 04, 2009 @ 18:15:17

    The nice thing about learning blogs and websites is that you can just hack away, using trial and error, until you end up with a result you like. It’s almost impossible to mess things up

    Elle Parker
    http://elleparkerbooks.blogspot.com/

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  9. K. A. Laity
    May 04, 2009 @ 18:16:34

    Happy Anniversary!

    I haven’t been to New World Bistro Bar yet, but I have been hearing good things about it. Can’t wait to try it.

    Dreamweaver is not completely necessary, I think. I do know how to use it, but the websites I use are easy enough to update with just a text editor. You can get ready-made templates at Open Source Web Design. My website is one and looks great. Celebrate every little success!

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