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 Suddenly, it's been archived, I have to make a new page, and all the friends I had on the previous one are gone and I can't find any way to get them back.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.