Anyone who uses a computer regularly knows the unique frustration of competing with an inanimate object. Reason tells us that computers don’t think, but reality suggests they have a mind of their own. When the internet is added to the mix everything — and nothing — changes. I know that’s contradictory, but it’s true.
Like computers, cyberspace can be intriguing, helpful and annoying, all at the same time . Its opportunities are limitless but its frustrations can be mind-numbing. Various sites have become blogging hosts which open new opportunities for writers. A blog becomes a communication tool allowing access to a world-wide audience. At least it does when everything works right. When things mysteriously stop working it can drive you crazy.
Such seems to be the case for FinePrint Literary Management agent Janet Reid. I follow her blog regularly, but recently haven’t been able to access it. I missed my daily dose of her knowledge and wit. After a little searching I discovered her blog has moved. The explanation is in her own words:
“My other blog is on the injured reserved list for unknown reasons. Blogger doesn’t seem to think anything is wrong; none of my other blogs are affected, and I’ve reached the limit of my tolerance for trying to figure out what’s wrong. This is the new blog.” — Janet Reid
So here’s a “heads up” for you to update your links and bookmarks. If you’re hunting for Janet she’s now located at http://jetreidliterary2.blogspot.com/
4 thoughts on “Nothing is ever simple, including Blogging”
I was trying to set up my new blog on WordPress. Seems like there are more options than Blogger – but my computer skills border the moronic. I gave up, even though I know I’m missing out on lots of potential opportunities.
Janet Reid is terrific but I cut way back on agent & pub blogs about a year ago. For the sake of time, I only visit a handful of blogs regularly (mostly writers) & recently dropped FaceBook. The distraction of “a few minutes” can turn into a few hours – time that I don’t normally have. My wife (Deb) is very supportive of my writing efforts – but it wouldn’t be fair to take advantage of her good nature by spending countless hours blogging – twittering – FB’ing -networking AND writing (on top of my full time career). There has to be a balance with everything.
Back in early February I posted about the “clicking addiction” that assails many of us (including me). I know from personal experience how easy it is to lose huge chunks of time spending those “few minutes” checking a multitude of blogs, e-mail, FB, etc., and I agree we have to find a balance. I’ve cut back, too, but Janet Reid’s blog remains in my daily must haves.
I had a writer friend visiting during this past week. She isn’t confident on a computer but we worked together and set up a WordPress blog for her. She was surprised at how simple it was. What I’ve liked about WP is that I didn’t have to be a computer genius to get started and I can easily add/change features later if I’m so inclined. But major change is always daunting. I expect that whatever medium a person first chooses, it will always seem like the easier one because it’s become the more familiar route. I initially chose WP simply because my daughter uses it for her blogs.
Your site looks good. Unless you’ve been having problems it’s probably not worth the stress to make a change???
Yeah, computers are a stubborn old mule, but once you harness them…..
Very true… they make life simpler when they’re cooperating. Thanks for stopping by, Tom.