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Technology Is Getting Me Down

Oh, and technology is letting me down. For months now my computer has been running slow, and we can’t figure out what is wrong. My techie husband has tried just about everything, but I still get the whirling Beach Ball of Death far, far too often. Today I realized that the reason I had such a huge inventory of undeleted emails is because it had been taking so long to delete them that I simply gave up from September to January. In the last few days, I’ve sucked it up and deleted over 1500 messages.

So now my computer is one more place I keep clutter. It’s one more thing to maintain. And I lose important emails in the mess of store ads, random reminders, and sneaky spam. How do people stay on top of the constant stream of email?

Now, Facebook, that’s another story. A lot of time could easily be wasted on Facebook, though so far I’ve not been sucked in completely. I do have a Facebook quandary. I’d be happy to friend more kidlitosphere blogs, but I don’t know the bloggers’ real names. I have the opposite problem with authors, where I know their names, but I don’t think that they know me. What do true Facebookers do with these situations?

If it helps, I’ll say now that if you’d like to friend me on Facebook, tell me your blog or book in your friend request and we’re good to go.

Along with the computer, the email, and Facebook, I’m learning about updating a website. It’s somewhat the same as my blog, but not the same. It also requires that I have time to burn using my crappy Apple because the updates love to stall out. At this point I must refuse to Twitter, because it would kill me.

5 comments:

Teacherninja said...

I find the best way to deal with email is to have a web-based email account with a nearly bottomless amount of memory (google, yahoo). I use gmail. I archive the ones I want and it's easily searchable so I don't have to worry about messing with a bunch of stupid folders. Hope this helps.

Alma Alexander said...

I'm on facebook (as Alma Alexander) so feel free to friend me if you like - what handle are you under?

Abby said...

My Facebook quandary is that I've had Facebook for years as a social networking tool for people I actually know... not the "friends" who graduated in my class in high school but of whom I have no recollection. Not for random friends of friends.

Well, now that I'm blogging, I'm happy to connect with bloggity friends, but where does one draw the line? Are we friends if I read your blog and you read mine? Are we friends if you read my blog but I've never heard from you before? Are we friends if we follow each others' Twitters?

I already have a personal Facebook account and a work Facebook account... Do I need to create a third one for blog-type items? (Answer: NO.)

Mary Ann Scheuer said...

I like the way Facebook can post my blog updates through their Networked Blog feature. You might want to look into that.

I believe there's a way to set up your friends, so that some updates go to your personal friends and others go to your professional friends. I haven't investigated this yet.

I couldn't find your MotherReader email address on Facebook...

Kate said...

"Whirling Beach Ball of Death!" That's funny! I kept getting that very ball when I tried to download a video from my sister! Grrr . . .