In Brief—Bay’s compulsiveness leads him to address information that’s probably superfluous. Maybe it even qualifies as insecurity, but it gives him the opportunity to promote next week’s piece.
Ignorance is Not Stupidity—
Before I launch into what to most of you already know, it’s important—nay, CRITICAL— to understand that “ignorance” means lack of knowledge, not stupidity. This piece deals with the same bugaboo that afflicted me before my daughter showed me how little I knew regarding even the simplest things about how the computer works. I was ignorant. Now at least I have cleared that hurdle. Still, I have to admit that numerous hurdles have yet to be cleared.
Lesson #1 is that I have learned that the computer will not explode if I press the wrong button. A corollary is that the computer will not blow up if I click on a highlighted area in the piece.
As for frustration, I have been cranking out new blog pieces every week since 2013, yet the blog resists expansion despite the fact that I am at least a marginally better writer. In my insecurity, I have failed to attract more readers, and just a few readers are bold enough to submit a comment. Maybe my daughter is right that the blog’s subtitle implies that only my view is valid. It’s not, but readers who disagree refuse to challenge the views I express. They quietly let me do my dance. By the way, I’m always open to suggestions,
Other possibilities are that my pieces are so long and boring that readers are falling asleep. OR readers simply aren’t interested for perfectly valid reasons. I’ve been told by experts that a piece needs to be short because people these days are too busy to read something longer…like mine. To me, Twitter stuff is too short to include the nuance I believe is necessary. Old guys cling to their accustomed ways, you know…or it’s just plain stubbornness.
Anyhow, here are some things that might help us all.
If something is unfamiliar to you and think you have screwed up, stop and back out. The computer does only what you tell it to. If in doubt, get someone who knows computers to show the right way to do it. Periodically, I scream for the local guru to bail me out of something that is Greek to me but simple for him. Since gurus can be expensive, chances are that there’s a grandchild or some other knowledgeable young person who can solve the problem. New technology is here to stay, so we might as well learn more than we know now. I’ve read that old brains need stimulation.
Regarding that highlighted word or phrase, it’s telling us that this is a link to something that relates to what is being said. It may also lead us to something new and exciting. For example (gird yourself…here comes the promotion), I am in the process of learning about how Pinterest can show readers pictures that relate to the subject of the piece. To alert readers to the pictures that are hidden there, I will highlight the word “here” or some other word to lead a reader to pictures that illustrate what I am writing about. As you know, put the cursor on the highlighted area and Click. You will be transported in a flash to that material.
The audible click opens a path to somewhere else the sender wants to send you. It may be an article that bears on the issue of the piece or it may be pictures that illustrate something the author has seen…as in Pinterest. You can always return to your point of departure.
My daughter tells me that most people never bother to click on a link even though they know it will connect them with a related item. That’s okay if readers choose to do that, but my compulsive philosophy is that they’ll never know what they’re missing. It’s a “curiosity killed the cat” sort of thing.
Wow! I feel better already. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to bloviate as well as to tell you about next week’s big adventure. Check out the coming two-part “Reminiscences and Lessons of Japan.” There are lots of neat photos of places I visited and stuff I experienced. A blog piece on my pottery waits in the wings.