Monday, July 18, 2011

AM I TOO STUPID?


There are a lot of sites online that suffer from being either too difficult, or so confusing I just log out. Why don't the creators of such sites realize that many of us aren't nearly as computer literate as they are, and simplify things just a bit?

For instance, I've been trying to conquer all the ins and outs of Good Reads for quite some time. Seeing that writers reviewed their own books as well as others, I decided to write a review for my latest book, Dream Walker, available on Kindle. There is a lovely image of the cover at Amazon, yet Good Reads told me there was no cover photo available. So there's this review with a big blank square stating no book cover available. Then the site asks me what book I'd like to read this summer, so I pick one and up pops this question. What did you think of the book? Well, crap, I haven't read it yet. What's that all about?

And what's with the reviews, sometimes ten or twelve, dated the same day, giving a review of a book the reader claims to have read. I know there are some fast readers around, but a dozen in one day, or even one week for that matter. So, what's that all about?

And then there's Facebook. Just about the time I learn how to use some of the many, many offerings there, they change them. I had a good business page with over 200 friends that I could message occasionally, and I didn't overdo that. Suddenly, it's been archived, I have to make a new page, and all the friends I had on the previous one are gone and I can't find any way to get them back. Or even get a new list of friends. There's not even a Like button that I can find. And I can't get a FB addy for the page, either. Had to resort to copying the link and making a tinyurl to link to it. Hey, what's that all about?

Now, I'll admit it's entirely possible I'm just too stupid to use these sites, but I'm not too stupid to figure out how to upload Dream Walker, my Ebook, to Kindle after properly formatting it. I'm not too stupid to learn how to use Word after using Word Perfect all my writing life. Well, more or less.

And to add insult to injury, my telephone voice mail has a glitch and keeps repeating the same instructions over and over again and the red light won't stop blinking. SO WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?

Any suggestions regarding dealing with this confusing electronic age would be greatly appreciated. Whoever sends the best solution will receive a free copy of my book, Fly With the Mourning Dove. If you already have it, think of Christmas giving, and try anyway. I'm waiting.


11 comments:

Nita Beshear said...

One thing I know, you are NOT stupid. I haven't even tried half the online activies you have. Partly because I don't want to take the time to try to figure them out. And now there's goggle plus (I think) what's that about? Just think, when you get it all figured out you can write another book, one that will help your fellow writers navigate the online marketing. A book we can understand. ~Nita

amyshojai.com said...

Oh boy...I feel better because I just DON'T GET Good Reads, either! Facebook I've sorta kinda figured out but not well enough to offer any advice, sorry. But you're right, I wish they'd just leave it alone.

Heidiwriter said...

This is funny, Velda, and I feel your pain! I agree, Goodreads is not intuitive. I guess we just have to call on our kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews to help us out!!

Velda Brotherton said...

Boy, am I glad I'm not alone. We could all form a club or forum to post our problems and how we solved them. Now, where would we put something like that? Amazon? Google? Who knows. My grandson invited me to Google+ and so I'm there now too.
Thanks for the comments. We'll let them keep coming for a while. Back to this soon.

Sue Cauhape said...

No, we're not too stupid, the design team is just too creative. It's like an addiction or maybe it's an imperative. Like "lawmakers," they don't think their doing their job unless they "design" something. Who ever said necessity is the mother of invention. Sometimes these people invent things, then try to come up with some use for it. In other words, there was no need.

BTW, the other blog about doldrums wouldn't accept my comment because I don't want to sign up for Google. Am I stupid?

Karen Casey Fitzjerrell said...

I have a suggestion, Velda: Work on the online gizmos as if you know more than the geeks. When you think about giving up, pour yourself a jigger of tequila, add an ice cube and squeeze of lime. Then go sit on the front porch in the cool of early evening. Next day, you'll be up for another round of battle with geekdom. And that's a promise.

Karen Casey Fitzjerrell

Velda Brotherton said...

Thanks, everyone for chiming in on this blog. I'm going to let it stand through the weekend, then choose the winner from the comments. So keep them coming.
I won't tell you how I'm writing today, but here's a hint. I just took a shower and the fan is on high.

Velda Brotherton said...

Well, I re read all the comments, and guess I'll give the book to Karen Casey Fitzjerrell, whose idea about tequila appealed to me the most. Karen, send me your snail mail address and I'll get a copy of Fly With the Mourning Dove off to you. Thanks, everyone for participating.

Cactus Country said...

I can read your site just fine. And I agree with you. I've been hopping around looking for worthy blogs to follow and some of them totally confuse me and I have to log off before I get a headache.

Velda Brotherton said...

Super to get so many thoughtful comments. Makes me feel better to know I'm in good company.

Velda Brotherton said...

Still haven't heard from my winner, Karen Casey Fitzjerrell. Will try to contact her again, then will pick someone else if she doesn't reply.