My friends are encouraging me to do more, get more involved in the fun-filled world of technology. They don’t so much fear that I’ll be left in the rudimentary pre-historic age of simple blogging, the occasional Facebook post, email conversations, basic phone stuff and Polyvore. No, they want me “to get out there.”
My latest venture, last December, was Instagram and I’m loving it. Meanwhile I’m seriously wondering “how far can you go(?)” or, maybe more to the point: How far do you want to go?
I was literally in tears, sniveling over my keyboard as the saintly patient Maura Fitzgerald taught me how to use WordPress for this version of my blog. She told me I could do it. I told her she was wrong. She was right and it really is fun. But do I really, really want to learn more than I already know? Exercise for my brain not withstanding, the real question is: Do I need to learn anything more?
This week I had lunch in Paris with a great friend of more than 30 years and she was regaling me with her latest tech prowess, which she admitted had been a bit of struggle, but she was thrilled she has added more skills to her repertoire.
She and a handful of other savvy women friends tell me I should get on board, expand my repertoire if you will.
I can’t help thinking, “why?”
My friend told me how she was producing podcasts and suggested I invest in a tripod for my phone. “You’ll love it,” she assured me. “When you get really good at it, you can upgrade.” Right.
Then she said, “do you do Zoom?”
“What about Eventbrite.com?” she offered.
“I know something you’ll love,” she assured me, “Podbean.com”
“I sincerely doubt it.”
Now, my lovely, smart, accomplished friends are telling me that I need all these skills to “expand my base, grow my brand.”
It’s one thing to “expand my base” but I find it exceedingly difficult to think of myself as a brand for heaven’s sake.
Oh, I don’t tweet either or as My-Reason-For-Living-In-France asked me not long ago: “Do you Twitter? Do you Facebook?”
“No, and not really.”
My aspirations are quite basic. All I want to do is interview interesting people and write books.
I do have a Twitter account, but just can’t bring myself to use it. All I can think is “who cares(?), if I have anything to say, I’ll say it here.”
Admittedly I could be wrong.
Would you be interested in podcasts? I still have to check with Google to see what Zoom and Eventbrite are, so we won’t go there.
I’ve always felt it was a waste of brain space to clutter the nooks and crannies with information or skills for which I have little or no use. Admittedly, I could be wrong.