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Technophobe
February 16th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Is a noun; referring to someone who is afraid of using technological devices, such as computers.

Ok, I’m not really scared of computers and technology or anything hi-tech but it’s not my best friend either. It never came naturally for me.

Year 1998. Back then I was a freshman in high school and the internet was just starting to blossom. There were a few internet shops already but the operating systems were from the stone age. I didn’t even know what operating system was popular back then; actually I clearly knew what an operating system means and other computer and internet stuff just last year.

So going back in 1998, I wanted to “surf” the internet to go to Hanson‘s official website. So I rented a computer but I didn’t know what to do. I remember just staring at the monitor, basically have no idea what to do, looking at other computers and figuring out how to get there. I gave up and just ask someone to help me and I was embarrassed. So that day, I knew how to click the Internet Explorer icon.

You’d think that after that I’ll be better at it but no. When my classmates were all copying reports or doing their research from the internet I was still doing mine the old fashioned way which was going to the library. I just didn’t know how. Our Computer Technology class didn’t help at all. What with the MS DOS thingy? It didn’t help that he’s not a good teacher. He’s just nice and funny.

Then in college, our school had a free internet service for students in our library; that’s the time J and I just practiced to click and click and click. That was the time I knew how to set up an email account, how to browse the net and all the basic stuff. I knew how to research in Yahoo and only in Yahoo. (I wasn’t aware of other browsers then)

After college graduation in 2006, the popularity of blogs was something even a technophobe like me can’t seem to run away from. I have always wanted a blog of my own, just some sort of a diary or a journal. I did set up one but it became just one of those things I was very excited about at the beginning but wasn’t able to follow thorough.

Then six months ago, I finally set up a blog in WordPress.com, a free one just to try it and see if I’m able to do it consistently. Oh my, signing up for an account was easy but when I was already in front of the dashboard, I was so overwhelmed. I didn’t know how to insert an image, no idea how to embed videos from Youtube, I didn’t know what you call those texts or words that are clickable.

One thing about me is I hate bothering people with my questions specially if it’s not that important. I don’t want to bug them how to do this and that so I had to spend hours and hours in front of  my computer tinkering with all the keys.

Once I knew how to insert images etc, I was hooked. I love blogging I discovered. It’s just I felt WordPress.com is kind of limiting? Well I wanted large scale photos in my blog but the themes in WordPress.com is limited. So I decided to move and have my own domain even though at that time I also didn’t know what a domain is. I had to literally search for it’s meaning and why I need it. I didn’t know about the hosting services I had to pay. Good thing I stumbled upon Sulit.com.ph. I found a lot of new friends, new people who are just heaven sent, willing to answer even the stupidest questions you can think of. They explained what browsers are and the different types like Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome. I mean most of them are experts there, so the most basic questions I was asking seem like peanuts to them but they didn’t make me feel like I’m so stupid for not knowing the simplest things in the internet.

So those nice people helped me setting up this blog of mine. Special thanks to Kuya Kanshu who’s just always there to answer every single bit of questions I have. He’s very patient too.

There are times when I want to have those thingies (see I don’t even know what you call them) like the message boards I see from the other blogs I follow. I know that I just have to paste it to my sidebar correct? But everytime I try I almost get a heart attack because I always end up messing up or deleting the whole blog.

Yeah my whole blog got deleted last October. See I can have as many subdomains  I want. So that I tried last October. I didn’t know that what I was doing was basically replacing this main blog with a new one. Was I shocked to heavens! I was so scared that everything I wrote, all the hours I spent just went to waste. I asked for help. Just Host’s support (hosting service provider)was very helpful. They answered fast enough. I didn’t have a back up of this blog but they were able to retrieve from their system. So that was lesson learned the hard way.

So now, I don’t just tinker anything in the blog’s set-up thingies. Just yesterday when the urge to put a Live Traffic Feed and a Flag Counter was too much to bear, I gathered all the courage I have in me and with eyes half closed, I paste their codes to my sidebar. Guess what? It said there was some error and my blog was messed up once again. One thing I learned from the October experience is to always have a back up. So I did that. Also I knew that I messed up my theme but not my content so I just changed my theme and re-upload again my old theme. So everything was back to normal, well almost. My Nuffnang icons, my message board and the Live Traffic Feed was gone. So I had to paste the codes again.Ok, this is getting too long. Let’s just say that I had to do that twice yesterday and spent a good two hours or so fixing what I messed up.

Now, I have a Live Traffic Feed and a Flag Counter! It is exciting me and it has revived my blogging passion into a different level. I guess that courage has paid off. I’m no expert. Everyday is still a learning process as I still don’t know how to maximize this technology in front of me. I guess I just have to brave through it.

I love just how satisfying and freeing blogging is to me.

I’m still a technophobe but I know I just have to try and try to fidget my way with all this. I guess same with life. It is somewhat scary as we don’t know what’s ahead of us but we just have to brave through it. Then we’ll realized that after everything we had gone through, it is just soooo worth it.

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5 Responses  
  • solidus37 writes:
    February 17th, 20105:14 amat

    Well. Actually We have the same experience. My computer teacher in Highschool sucks. Did not even teach us how to use the internet those days(or they didn’t know it very well since it is new). I remember also the first time I used the Internet. I searched for Honda’s website.

  • niceyfemme writes:
    February 17th, 201010:29 amat

    You mean you’re younger than me? Hahha! It was not even part of the things he taught us, he just basically taught us to type things in the old monitor then after than done! All I learned was to check for dir (directory in MS DOS)

  • solidus37 writes:
    February 19th, 20104:28 pmat

    Actually I am older than you. I was 4th year highschool back in 1998(centennial batch). They began teaching us computer since 2nd year. For all those years and even in college. did not learn anything. Anyway what I did is teach myself on how to use the computer.

  • niceyfemme writes:
    February 19th, 20105:53 pmat

    In 1998 I was a freshman student so yes youre older…. Hahaha stop computing my age alright? Yup, I didn’t learn anything about computers back then…. Ironic cuz the only thing computer related school has taught me was when we had our typing class (using typewriter! I know!) which keys to place our fingers and how to find the center part of a bond paper which is pretty useless now with everyone using a computer now and a typewriter is a thing of the past…. 🙂

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    December 7th, 20109:52 pmat

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