Coming into the electronic age at this stage of my life is a daunting proposition. Facebook fan pages, Twitter, blogs, You-Tube, all there to use for advertising, getting things off your chest, or to help someone learn a craft, to giving suggestions and encouragement for weightier problems. And you can even get your book or short stories on Kindle, Nook and a dozen other sites for purchase by the general public. A wonderful tool. Except I’m not even sure what Twitter is and what it does!
So, how do we, as the behind-the-times generation figure all this out? If you have younger friends, talk to them. You can always go to your local high school or college and find a computer whiz—every high school or college has at least one—and pay them a nominal fee to help you set it all up. There are professionals who will do the same thing, but at a higher price, of course. You can order books from Amazon or go to your library for step-by-step instructions on Twitter, Facebook fan pages, Kindle, or any other medium you want to learn. It’s out there, we just have to find it—and understand it. Sometimes the instructions are harder to figure out than the actual set up.
We don’t have to remain in the dark ages, but we do have to educate ourselves. And while not always easy, especially if you’re not at all familiar with computers, it can be done. There is no reason for any of us to remain in the uncomputerized past.
And I keep telling myself that over and over and over…
So if you were to pass my house one night and the air resonates with not so nice words and phrases, please don’t investigate, (unless you’re a computer whiz, then please feel free to break down the door) it’s only me—trying to enter this brave new world—kicking and screaming all the way (literally).