I had a bad day with technology (and / or the internet) yesterday. FB blocked my ability to post my blog on my FB page. I was SO frustrated! Not so much about the block (although that was maddening) but that I couldn't contact FB to fix the problem and I wasn't having much luck trying to fix it on my own. Thankfully I have some very techy friends who offered reasoned explanations (as opposed to my foot stomping ranting - thanks GH) and solutions (aka a way around the block - thanks NF).
But at the end of the day although the problem was resolved to a satisfactory degree I was feeling really dumb!
When I arrived in Canada 18 years ago I had no computer skills. I went to my first job interview and when I was asked about my computer skills I said "My best computer skill is that I am a quick learner". I got the job and for the two weeks before I started I sat in front of my parents computer with "Wordperfect for Dummies" on my lap and studied hard (after I figured out how to turn the machine on!). Since then almost everything I have learned I have learned by just having to figure it out.
I remember one time I was working for a couple of consultants who asked me to do a flow chart. I spent hours figuring how to put text boxes all over the page with arrows etc.... I was SO pleased with myself. I walked down the hallway, they were on a conference call, but I put the sheet in front of them. I got the thumbs up and was ready to do an internal victory dance when one of them took her pen and made all the boxes into ovals and circles and handed it back to me with a smile. I walked back to my desk with a pit in my stomach about how the heck I was going to meet this new challenge...... but meet it I did. And so I have figured it all out as I go.... word, excel, powerpoint, publisher etc....
And I am pretty adept at what I need to know to be efficient in my job. I am even quite good at troubleshooting computer issues and have often solved issues with various computer / printer / virus glitches at work.
I am pretty active on the internet too and was swinging along with my little blog and having alot of fun doing it and then yesterday happened.
I think what hit me most is the realisation of just how much I don't know. As they say.... I have just enough information and knowledge to be dangerous.........!!! (Clearly the FB bigwigs think so!!) I do wonder if I will ever be caught up on all things internet related, all the programs and applications and options that are out there.
Or am I a generation too late?
Or did my late start in all things computer related leave too big of a gap?
Or maybe I just need to find the drive to really apply myself to a new learning journey (I could take some courses too I suppose:). Already I am frustrated by what I don't know about blogger and am sure I need to do some more work to make it more effective and interesting and I lurk on enough other blogs to know I can do better.....
So while I feel like I am wearing a giant cone hat with a big D on it as I sit at my computer today, I am grateful for what I have managed to learn so far, and for tech savvy friends (that include my tech savvy husband) that saved my sanity yesterday!
Here's to new frontiers, whatever yours may be! I am off to buy Blogger for Dummies !