Get Off My Lawn, Technology!

You know how they say it’s important to keep stretching your mind so that the old brain cells don’t atrophy? Like brush your teeth with your left hand if you’re right-handed…or learn a new language…or take a different route to an oft-visited spot.

But I don’t have to bother with all that. All I have to do is check in to my tech-heavy platforms occasionally. That is, assuming I can still get into ’em. Because everything–EVERYTHING–is constantly changing and you need a degree in quantum physics or computer engineering or both to keep up.

Take this here blog at WordPress. For reasons only they know–though I’m sure there’s some delightfully cheery WordPress post explaining all and telling me how these changes are going to make my life easier–I’ve been switched to a different editor. Frankly, I think it’s because Blogger switched their editor, though honestly, I’m not sure who switched what first. I am sure that now, I can’t use what little brain cells I have to think up brilliant words and put ’em together into posts; I have to expend my grey matter on figuring out all the tech changes.

I realize that with everything going on in the world right now, this seems somewhat petty, complaining about the constant changes in technology. But that’s exactly what’s so annoying: with everything going on in the world, I’d like one thing, one thing to stay put for a minute.

I want my smart phone and my smart TV to quit being such smartypants. I want to slip into my website and blogging platforms without thinking, like when you’ve been on the road traveling but you finally come home and breathe that sigh of relief because you know where everything is. I want appliances that don’t have a gazillion options to figure out before I can even use ’em and I want a car that I can just get in and drive without needing a 15-minute demonstration on how the dad-blamed KEY works. I want…I want…I WANT TECHNOLOGY TO GET OFF MY LAWN.

Ahhhh, that felt good.

Anyway, I dropped in here to tell you, ironically, about my latest blog post over at The Muffin: Do You Do This? (And How It Can Make You a Better Writer). It’s ironic because…well, you’ll have to zip over there and read the post to get the irony.

Just doing my part to keep your old brain cells sharp.

P.S. I wanted to insert this very apt image in a clever and intuitive way into this post but I’ve already used up all my thinking. So here’s the pic and you are free to just imagine a great spot for it:

Why Can’t We All Be Like That Wise Old Owl? (Publicizing Your Blog)

ImageYou know how you think you’re so smart and you’re just humming along, la-ti-da, you’ve got it all under control, and then BAM. Turns out you’re doing something totally stupid. Or maybe that’s just me.

The point is, when I switched my blogs up OVER A YEAR AGO, I thought I was publicizing my spiffy new WordPress site. I thought my blog posts were automatically going out to Facebook and Twitter and heck, infinity and beyond.

I was not–and they were not. Apparently, you have to activate the “Publicize” button on the WordPress dashboard to achieve that little feat. So word to the wise, click on that activate button.

I don’t think Blogger has a Publicize button you activate. But I used Networked Blogs, back when I had three blogs, and it automatically sent them out to Facebook, and it will post to Twitter as well. In fact, now that I’ve wised up, I think I deactivated my old blogs on Networked Blogs…and never activated the new one.

But it’s all good now. My blog posts here are going out again, and I did a test run with Cathy-on-a-Stick to check on my Networked Blogs status. So wherever you turn, there I am.

Now whooooooo’s the smartypants?