Teaching an Old Writer New Tricks
For the last two weeks, I’ve been working with Chris at Skynet (aka my Web Genius) to switch my web site and blog from the prior formats to Joomla. The goal of all this is for me to be able to maintain everything myself. Previously, I could post my blogs but I had to send any web changes to a web master and pay to have them done. By doing it all myself, I hope to update the web site more often and to make it more personal.
This seems to be a fine plan and the only problem has been that I’ve had to learn a whole lot of new technology. Tech stuff is not my strong point – I’d rather make things up than try to figure them out – so this change has been a slow process. There are still some bugs to be worked out, mainly in the blog archives, but I’m getting there.
Decades ago, when I began writing, all I had to do was plunk away on my portable typewriter and snail mail my work to a publisher. Now I must update my Facebook fan page, write fresh blogs, answer daily piles of fan mail, and attempt to master Joomla. It’s hard to find enough time and energy to write a book. Still, I’d far rather face new challenges than to stagnate. Like an old dog, it takes me awhile but eventually I catch on. Bark! Bark!