You CAN teach an old technophobe new tricks!

Did you get the free book popup when you landed on my site?  I did that! Look at me, getting all techie and stuff!

I’ve always been a technophobe, hesitant to embrace new technology. I’m not naturally drawn to it (oh, look, cool stuff! No, that’s not me), and I’m afraid of breaking something. What if I install something, and it screws everything up?

Until recently, I’d never installed a plugin on this website. has plugins, but they were installed by someone else. (If you’re a nontechie, a plugin is a like an app. It’s a mini-program/code that gives you a specific function. The free book popup required a plugin).

A few months ago, I had to install a plugin for the first time. This blog feeds into Triberr, but for some reason, the RSS feed stopped working. The solution was to install the Triberr plugin. I had no choice. If I wanted my blogs to be tweeted I had to install the plugin. I decided to take the plunge. The instructions walked me through it. It wasn’t hard at all.

That success built my confidence, and since then I’ve installed several WordPress and one Facebook plugins. I designed a newsletter landing page. When the “click and drag” for the photo didn’t work as it was supposed to, I figured out a way around it. You can see my landing page here.

I’ve learned how to “regrann/regram” on Instagram.

One thing I’ve discovered is that the things I thought were daunting are actually pretty easy! I’ve had questions at times, but by emailing the source and/or asking author friends, I’ve been able to get the answers.

For a geek, the things I’ve been doing would be laughably simple, but for me, these baby steps are really huge.

Today, a plugin…tomorrow, the world!

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2 Responses to You CAN teach an old technophobe new tricks!

  1. Celeste Jone says:

    I’m impressed! I always think doing something new or different is going to take much longer than it actually does once I finally sit down to do it.

    You’ve inspired me.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Occasionally I do run into glitches, but the more I do, the more I learn most things are easier than what I think they will be. I also want to put in a plug for WordPress. Years ago I participated in a group blog that used Blogger/Blogspot, so I’m familiar with it. I think the functionality of WordPress is superior. There are so many useful plugins. (But you don’t want to install too many, because it will slow down your system).

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