Short Circuit: Why It’s Good to Know People Who Know Technical Stuff

Recently my abilities on the world wide web doubled.  While attending the DFW Writers’ Conference, my roommate and Twitter extraordinaire, Julie Glover, taught me how to resize a photo.

Now, my twitter profile picture actually looks like me!  It was kind of fun though, having an online makeover.  I went from long hair and bangs to a short pixie cut!  And of course, Julie ran wild with it on twitter, telling everyone she cut my hair in the hotel room last night.  LOL.

Actual picture of Me and Julie at the DFW Conference
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With a little help from Julie, I was feeling brave and clicky!  I went to edit my profile and figured out how to upload a photo of mine as my background!  Now when you view my twitter page, you can see the view from the bluffs, overlooking Myrick Marsh!  A favorite hiking spot of mine.

Then there was Jillian Dodd, who taught Julie and I about Search Engine Optimization.  She links her name to her book title, or to key themes of her blogs, as well as the phrases themselves to best help people find her online.  We got into an interesting discussion all about SEO.  I’m still no expert, so if you want to know more about it, read Kristen Lamb’s post Search Engines – Your Personal Genie to Build Your Author Brand.

Jillian invites me over the SEO Darkside!
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Jillian also shared with us how much of her blog reading and twitter comments she does from her phone!

Eh? What’s that you say?
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I know, right?  Using your phone as your office on the go!  That’s ingenious!  She must work for Apple.

So, now, yours truly downloaded the WordPress app, and I’m loving it!  Now, I use my lunch hour at the dreaded day job to read and comment on your blogs!  Or to reply to comments I receive!  Now, I don’t feel like I’m running to my computer to catch up anymore once I’m home.

But, I didn’t stop there!  Oh no!  I downloaded the WP app for my kindle, and also downloaded the Kindle for PC app on my computer.  I needed it when I had to try to transfer a .mobi file onto my kindle and after wasting an hour, *head desk*, realized I couldn’t do it cause I didn’t have the adapter plug in.  However, I can now access those files and all my downloaded books on my computer as well as my kindle!  What sweet, sweet ease!

Now I can start plotting to take over the world! (image from google images)

Lastly, more thoughtful advice came from Julie when I asked her how she learned how to do all this stuff?  I always feel so clueless.  And I won’t lie, I am totally that individual that won’t click on any buttons they don’t know cause I BELIEVE my computer will self destruct.  I’m that paranoid cautious.

You know what she does?  She YouTubes it!  She looks for tutorials or blog posts that walk you through how to do it.  I LOVE THIS IDEA!  I’m such a visual learner!

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I don’t know why I never thought of that, but I’m so happy Julie did.  And I’m even more happy that Julie shared it with me.

So, what’s my guilty pleasure this week?  It’s people.  People who know Technological-techy-computer-kindle-phone stuff.  They’re good peeps. 

What’s your latest guilty pleasure or tech lesson?

25 responses

  1. I have been helped by SO MANY other tech-savvy people — my WANA buddies, Jenny Hansen’s awesome Techie Tuesdays, and any random teenager I can find (they intuitively know stuff). It’s great when you learn things, and then when you can share what you learned with others!

    You failed to note, however, that I searched for youtube tutorials at first because I despise reading any instruction manuals. I’d rather sever my arm with my own canine teeth than read a manual written in 5-point font with diagrams that look like the blueprints to Fort Knox. So yes. Videos. Much happier!

    (I love the picture of us. If you knew how much I loved Ally Sheedy growing up…ah, I just wanna kiss ya!)

    1. P.S. Wasn’t Jillian awesome?

      1. She always is. She helps me ALL the time, and I don’t know enough to return that favor very often.

        1. Likewise. I am so grateful to these ladies because I don’t know how to most of this and I worry I’ll break my computer by pushing a button or something. Lol

    2. Two things: Thanks for the thank you! And I too could have watched Ally Sheedy for HOURS growing up. I loved, loved, loved her. 🙂

      1. Can we have a movie marathon and watch The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire? And Jenny will you please wear your cheetah pants?!

    3. Great minds think alike! And apparantly love Ally Sheedy. Lol

  2. How sweet is this post, Jess? As one of your tech friends, I love it. I really enjoy seeing people discover the things they need to save time, especially when they find out how easy they are. Now I’ve got to go read the SEO blog because I don’t know that I have that mastered as well as I’d like…

    1. Yah I’m still working on that too!

  3. I like what you’ve done to your Twitter page. My online presence there still consists solely of automatically-uploaded-links-to-blog-posts.

    Oh well. One of these days I’ll figure out something more to do with it.

    The WP app came in handy for me last December, when I was in Ely without a computer connection.

    1. WHAT?! You knew and you didn’t tell me? lol

  4. You are so cute. Just another reason to love the #MyWana peeps! They are so smart and so generous! I can’t believe you’ve existed this long without the WP mobile app! Love it! If you had a 13 year old son, you would know Google answers everything! 😉

    Great post.

    1. Darn! I don’t even have a 13 year-old grandson any more. Am I getting old or what? Maybe that’s why I can’t figure out how to do ANYTHING techie.

    2. I bet google could find me a 13 year old son. Hmmm

  5. I tend to bluff my way through techie-stuff! I’ve been pretty lucky, so far, and then there always is the internet for when I get stuck!

    After reading “Are You There Blog. It’s Me, Writer.” I began tagging my name on every blog post. You google my name now and it’s absolutely amazing. I’m so easy to find! Hopefully that never becomes a bad thing!

    1. I’m jealous of those of you who can read online and get it. Either my computer is a loaf of bread or I need directions for elementary age kids. I still can’t cut straight. *shrug*

  6. Love this, Jess! Yes, WANA sistas are awesome! I’ve learned so much from my friends! I’m totally techie, but I learn something new every week! I link my name to everything I do, I learned from Copyblogger how to write great headlines on my blogs for SEO and I’m refining my brand little by little. You’ll get there, too!

    1. That’s why I love learning new things. It’s all so exciting! Little by little, we’re all improving our tech skills.

  7. My 10 year old knows more than I do unforunately. I am out on a limb when something goes wrong.

    1. Does your 10 year old do phone counseling? What’s his/her number?

      1. It wouldn’t be a bad part time job, lol

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  9. So so so jealous! Sounds like a great conference. Would love to meet more Twitter writing pals in person.

    1. I hope you can come next year!!

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