In some ways I am quite tech-savvy and in other ways I am a total scaredy-cat. I have built all my own websites using Dreamweaver, I have (more or less) got to grips with my WordPress for my blogs (although there is probably a lot more I could do to make them more user-friendly), yet for some reason I have been really resistant to mobile technology.
This really came up to me today. I was lucky enough to win a ticket to Cybher which a conference for women who blog.
Well, I sort of do! My blogging has been very hit and miss and I have not blogged regularly.
The strapline of “Geek is the New Chic” really says it all!
One of the items on the instruction list was to sign up to BO.LT which is a way of sharing images and content direct from the event. I signed up to it and then had no clue how to use it.
The rest of the instructions centred around uploading pictures to and via Instagram and to Pinterest. This was all punctuated with hashtags # and @ symbols. My eyes glazed over and I felt a bit of a cold sweat coming on.
The last instruction sent me off into a real panic. “What To Bring : Your smartphone / iPad or laptop, charger cable. You won’t need a notebook or pen as we will be supplying them for you.”
I have not got a smartphone and I would not have a clue how to use those for taking notes or for recording. At least there is going to be good old pen and paper, although I have a feeling I might be one of the few women using that form of note taking.
Huge feeling of inadequacy rearing its ugly head here!
I have a Doro phone which is a very simple phone that was actually designed for people with hearing problems, difficulty of movement and no interest in technology.
Over the last few weeks I have felt the need for an iphone or more updated Apple products than we currently have because there have been a lot of comps (with some lovely prizes) using a piece of software called Blippar. It has not worked on my husband’s android smartphone and our Ipad is a version one, which does not have a camera on it, as are the ipods that we have.
It would really make my blogs and websites a lot more interesting and interactive with photos, video and real-time content, so I need to make a concerted effort to get to grips with these things. I have no idea why I think it is going to be difficult. Maybe I just don’t want to make a fool of myself in front of my tech-savvy husband and teenagers!
So my task for this evening is to learn how to use my nice new video camcorder that I won from SixtyPlusSurfers, both as a camera and as a video, to get to grips with BO.LT, have a proper look at Pinterest and also get to grips with Greg’s smartphone, which he has bravely said I can borrow for the event.
I am viewing this as a big step out of my comfort zone, although once I get going with it, I shall probably thoroughly enjoy it.
With abundant blessings.