In last night’s hands-on platform-building class at Lane Community College, students experienced a little victory and a lot of mind-numbing frustration. Admittedly, the classroom is less than ideal (smack in the middle of a brick building) and the Internet connection a bit spotty at times. Even so, I watched the students coping with info overload as they tried to launch blogs and get on social networks. My advice? Hang in there!
Writing Tip for Today: When you feel overwhelmed by technology, take a deep breath and step back. The way I solve these types of problems is the same as when I used to sew a lot of clothes. When you sew the sleeve inside out for the third time, it’s time to take a break. If all this blogging, wordpressing, facebooking etc is getting the best of you, try these things:
- Go to the site’s help, or google your problem, such as “How to change a wordpress url.” You’ll be surprised at how simple the answer turns out to be.
- Ask a techie. Plenty of knowledgeable folks in cyberspace–or even your own home. Yes, you feel like an idiot for a minute or two, but try not to let pride keep you from learning this stuff.
- Finally, I hear a lot from writers who can’t or won’t do this Internet/social network stuff because it’s 1) too time consuming or 2) they don’t know the ropes and are too cowed to learn. Don’t let ignorance or myths keep you from becoming an author! If this Internet promotion stuff wasn’t important, I wouldn’t do it and all these literary agents wouldn’t demand it of their writers. Take it slow if you must, but keep trying. It really is worth your time and trouble.