It’s not news that technology and I are not best friends. I’ve mentioned that I have a hand-shaking sort of acquaintance with technology. It’s sort of like the relationship I have with my gastroenterologist. I can’t live without him, but I don’t like to try and figure out what he’s doing to me down there.
I can’t live without technology. None of us can. I appreciate the way the folks at Wind Crest handle technology with their residents. They don’t treat us like we are all a bunch of nincompoops who don’t know how to turn on anything but our televisions. But they also provide alternatives for everything, from making reservations to paying our monthly bills.
I know absolutely nothing about how technology works. I don’t know the name of things. If I were to call Apple with a problem, I would have to say things like my thingamajig is doing whatchamacallit. I need to look the information specialists in the eye and have them talk to me like a 3-year-old. That’s what we did when we were trying to get Bill back on his cell phone a few months ago. We made numerous trips to the Apple Store and made them talk to me like I was a toddler. They couldn’t have been nicer.
I mention all of this, because a few weeks ago, I signed onto the site that hosts my blog — WordPress. I have had a blog now since August 2013. I paid a former coworker — and computer guru — to set up my website. He designed it. He launched it. He made himself and me the administrators. And then, as anticipated, he walked away. Not too much later, I learned he had cancer. I haven’t heard from him and I have a bad feeling. God bless him.
Anyhoo, he did a dandy job of teaching me how to use WordPress. For me, there was nothing instinctual about it. I memorized the steps, just like I do with all technology. That’s why when I find out that Apple has an update coming, while most people are rejoicing because something troublesome is going to be fixed, I go into panic mode that I’m no longer going to be able to figure out how to FaceTime.
About three weeks ago, I turned on my computer, logged into WordPress, and looked at an entirely unfamiliar screen. All of the tools with which I was so familiar were gone. G-O-N-E. Gone. I clicked everything I could click, to no avail. I could write the blog. I could post the blog. But all of the tools that easily allowed me to include photos or schedule a posting, or use bold or italics were missing.
I have no doubt that I got plenty of warning from WordPress that times, they were a’changin’. I might have even read the email. It didn’t however, register. I have spent the past three weeks trying to figure out where all my tools have gone. In the meantime, with the help of Google (without whom I wouldn’t survive), I have managed to post a blog most days, and some even have italics or bold print.
I have one final obstacle. I need to find out how to word count. There used to be a button on top that I would click and it would tell me how many words I have used. That button is nowhere to be found. I’m not giving up, however.