Just One Reason I Know I Am Getting Old
WordPress is easy. WordPress is smart. WordPress is intuitive.
So why can’t I figure out how to change the palm tree picture on the upper right side of this front page?
I used to be smart. In the late 90′s (in web years, that’s like when the earth was still cooling) I even knew a tiny bit of coding, learned from an early WYSIWYG program made by a company called Hot Dog. But in the ensuing 10 years, I wandered off and got married, gave birth, learned how to cook. And in the blink of an electronic eye, the whole thing just blazed past me. Now, I stand before you, bewildered, befuddled and bedraggled … cringing at the mention of MySQL or anything that ends in .php. CSS? Huh?
Then I heard about WordPress. The heavens opened, the angels sang. It started joyfully enough with me spending hours combing through all the WordPress themes that are available on planet earth (it’s just like shopping!). And my husband (who was clever enough to not fall behind on the technology but is shockingly busy) even deigned to help me with FTPing and whatnot. I picked a couple of themes that looked simple enough, downloaded, installed … and – poof! – that was the end of the honeymoon. Honestly, I can’t figure out a damn thing except how to post a … uh, post.
Which leads me to the question: am I too old to learn anything new? Is this how it starts? First WordPress and then, what… is this the year I decide not to get the new iPhone because it’s “just too confusing”? That I won’t change to Google Chrome because “I’m comfortable with Firefox”? What’s next? Is this about the time that I start asking my son to thread my needles, asking my husband to open my jars, asking Boy Scouts to walk me across the street?
Okay, back to the forums … and then to Amazon to buy my very first For Dummies book. Wish me luck …
UPDATE: Thanks to Samboll, a most excellent moderator at WP.org, I learned something new! It can be done … she can be taught!
Of course, now that it’s there, I’m not sure it was worth all the trouble … but at least that damn palm tree is gone!