Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tech Trauma

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Is anyone else out there suffering from information overload? I don’t know about you but I’m having some major Tech Trauma right now. It’s if I went to sleep one night and woke and the whole world got wired and socially networked overnight. While I know that’s not actually true. The changes on the web have evolved at such a phenomenal pace while I was busy living off the web.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not exactly a novice nor do I have technology phobia. I actually love technology almost as much as creating and crafting physically with my hands. Which is why I am so dumbfounded by my lack of social networking savvy. I’m the go-to-tech person in my circle of influence.

At work, I’m the person called on to answer or solve many computer issues, hardware, network or software and I work in a pretty tech wired medical practice. We have networks and programs for viewing radiology reports on the web. We create and maintain EMR’s (electronic medical records) and I’m very comfortable with it all. On a more personal note, I’m the person that family and friends call on come to fix computer issues as well. Again, it can be anything from hardware to software.

Heck, ten years ago I was answering questions, creating websites and graphics for other craft artesian who wanted a web presence but had little to no computer skills. Since then the Web went 2.0 and CSS took over as the prominent web formatting language. CSS, now that’s another whole sad saga. While I can still create a lot of things using html and Photoshop, I have to find pre-designed CSS scripts and templates for most of my web design needs. There is plenty out there but I guess the “control freak” in me want to be able to create my own.

So again, I ask, what happened? Why can’t I grasp all this new social media networking stuff and CSS. I study and strain to gain every ity bity skill and piece of knowledge I currently possess. Why is it so hard for me? I’m not scared. I’m not even put off by having to learn, quite the contrary. I just don’t seem to be learning at that rapid of a speed.

And there’s also this burgeoning feeling of information overload. How do you balance it all. I want to be up on it all and involved in those networks that are topping the the tech charts these days. I want to participate and maneuver these new waters with grace and speed. But right now I’m stumbling around here and there being drawn in like a moth to a flame.

I’m determine to get this stuff. I will be socially networked and super savvy at it—if it kills me. I think organization is the key. What do you think? Are you a savvy social media networker? I’d love to hear from you especially with any useful tips or sites to help me achieve this goal.


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Patti said...

My mind is in a whirl...and you have to remember I did not grow up with computers! You sure have a better handle on it than I do. Congratulations!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I hear ya! There is just so much out there...I think the key is to choose the ones that are right for you and you will get the most response from.

Linda Pruitt said...

I think the overload that we feel is the pace at which everything is growing and changing, not that we can't learn. Let's just keep on "trucking"! I like 'memories' tip: chose carefully and be excellent at it!