I May Be Technologically Challenged but I am Indeed a Blogger (at foreignsanctuary.com)

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My Never-Ending Battle with Technology

From the very beginning, me and technology have never gotten along. I would even go as far as saying that we are sworn enemies.

See, my computer battles date back to the days when Windows 3.1 and 95 powered our computers. The first time I wanted to fight with a computer was in 1999 when an entire 20 page marketing project disappeared when a stubborn computer decided to turn off – I mean, how was I suppose to predict such a tragedy and save the paper? Luckily, I got an extension from a sympathetic professor and learned a valuable lesson to click the save button next time.

And don’t even get me started about software programs. Yes, I can take pretty decent pictures which some may consider as awesome, but in all honesty, technology is my downfall. Some people ask me what program I use to edit my pictures which tends to bring laughter from my husband – Constance using some type of photo-shop program does indeed have a funny ring to it!! It is a sad day when you admit that you actually have to Google the program’s name to find out what purpose it serves.

And don’t get me started with my battles of using a computer. What I spend hours trying to figure out and solve, my husband can complete with two clicks of the mouse. And that leaves me wondering – why I am so technologically challenged? Why can’t I be cool and computer savvy?

I am Indeed a Blogger

I may not be the smartest person when it comes to computers and apps and technology but one thing is for certain – I am indeed a blogger. I love how the words just flow out of me, I love how I can string sentences together, and I love how I have the ability to sit down, start writing, and develop an idea.

Am I the best blogger ever? No. Will I ever be? Probably not. But I blog for a reason – to share my thoughts and ideas and opinions about the places I have been and about my life in general.

Sometimes I feel rather accomplished when I blog my heart out about something. I feel great when I click the ‘publish’ button and get my ideas out there for the world to read and see. Believe it or not, I was once actually a rather private person but Taiwan changed that (more on that in next Friday’s post) and that makes it easier for me to blog my little heart out!!

Say What? – Foreign Sanctuary has Moved

I came to the realization that I am indeed a blogger and in celebration of this major feat, I decided to make it official by giving Foreign Sanctuary a proper place in the blogosphere.

And you can imagine what a big step it actually was to buy and pay for a domain name today! My husband helped out (I wouldn’t dare do it all by myself and who could blame me given my computer track record?) I pressed the enter button and ta-da – Foreign Sanctuary has its own domain.

Yes, Foreign Sanctuary has move up in the world!! It’s the beginning of great things and with my husband and his computer expertise behind me, maybe it will become something better, something more amazing!

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59 thoughts on “I May Be Technologically Challenged but I am Indeed a Blogger (at foreignsanctuary.com)

  1. Hehe, every small step counts in moving forward. I have a bit better track record when it comes to computers even though I still have nightmares from my MsDos and windows 3.1 times but I try to use my little expertise as well as possible to make my blog runs smoothly.
    I think everyone who blogs and keeps a steady schedule for a longer time period wants to improve over time. I am the same but before I start to evolve my blog once again I still have settle down here in Germany more. With luck I am ready for this by the end of the year (my initial plan) but let’s see.
    I wish you all the best in you path of evolving in the blogging world 🙂

    1. Sometimes I think I am my own worst enemy because I think I can’t do it before I even try. Plus, my husband always tells me I have a flare for the dramatic when it comes to computers. haha

      And I agree – blogging is a learning process and with anything, you always want to better it with time. This was a big step for me as investing money meant that it is something I am committing to long-term (I know the amount of money is insignificant but the step is)!

      I look forward to seeing the changes in your blog in the future. Maybe you can teach us all a trick or two. And even better, get your MIL to write a post about you!! 🙂

      1. Oh my MiL, I wonder what she would write about me or what she is already writing in her secret weibo account!
        Anyone could easily spend a lot of money but it is doubtful it would look already great. I try to get inspirations on other blogs and with luck I will create a wonderful mix later on.

    2. Constance, congrats on that little but big step! 🙂

      After a little over a year of blogging, I’ve been doing some reflections as well, haha. WordPress has been offering some courses online, pretty good to get advice and learn a few things to tweak and improve one’s blog. It’s better to sign-up for to http://dailypost.wordpress.com/ to know when the next course/registration will be, although I believe you can jump in the current sessions.

        1. It looks like all the 101s run for about a month, while the 201s are 1-2 weeks. “Writing 201 – Longform” is starting December, and there should be another Blogging 101 for next January. I’ll keep you posted if I see anything else interesting. 🙂

  2. Yes, Constance, you are indeed a blogger! So happy to hear you say that! I hope you never lose a 20-page project or work of that magnitude again on a computer. It takes me back to the days where I remember using those big, huge chunky computers with dial up internet. Uploading a 3MB file took forever…

    Congrats on the domain name! Isn’t it exciting? 😀 I’m sure the more you practise, the more you’ll get more savvy with the tech side of blogging and all the software. I used to be afraid of all those photo editing programs, now I love them. I’m the stubborn kind who won’t let anyone help me – I love figuring out all the nuts and bolts by myself. But you don’t sound like this at all, and I’m sure you’ll get along fine with your husband as your partner in crime 😀

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Mabel! I have to say I am very careful with my book – I print a copy of what I have written every now and then just to be on the safe side. And yes, I remember those dial-up days as well – how did we ever function without instant wireless! 😉

      And you would be happy to know that your comment gave me the motivation and confidence to play around with a basic photoshop kind of program. You gave me the inspiration to try something new and although it is nothing fancy, the end result was the feature image for today’s post – so thank you!!

      1. Good luck with your book again. Slow and steady wins the race 😀 No rush. The best thing about writing independently is that we have all the time in the world.

        I am flattered to her that, thank you. Trying something new is always fun – it’s never boring but challenging, we learn something new, and who knows where it will take us? Looking forward to reading your next post soon!!! 🙂

    1. If you use WordPress, you can upload your former blogs onto your new domain really easily (I’m in the process of doing that now). The comments and pictures can all be uploaded and the old posts are published by their original date. I have some issues with the formatting, but otherwise it’s really easy!

        1. @ R Zhao – I know your comment was meant for Zhongguo Jumble. The comment I made was actually meant for her so I may have clicked on the wrong reply button! Sorry! My bad!

          @ gkm 2011- Like R Zhao said, it is pretty easy to do and I haven’t experienced any problems so far.

  3. Congratulations! I was so happy when I switched to .com, feeling all important, but then I realized no one cared. 😦 Hope you won’t lose any documents anymore, especially if they are your great posts. 🙂

  4. ni nao & HL = huge like for your post, Constance! ❤ I'm just like you, so welcome to the club, young lady! 🙂 I'm lucky to live with a rocket and satellite scientist, otherwise, I'd be lost… in the virtual space! 🙂
    * * *
    @"why I am so technologically challenged?" – I've often asked myself the same question, but it's still rhetorical: I'm a literary gal(LOL!) and for my beloved hubby everything is easy, I think he has a computer in his mind! 🙂

  5. I say good for you because I KNOW the hassles I have had with technology. You are in fact doing what I plan on doing soon …. getting my own domain!! Congrats!! You really should be proud of you! Love, Amy

  6. Your lost project reminds me of loosing an entire manual I wrote in my last year of uni days before it was due. (I think I’m older than you unless you were in grad school so I hesitate to say the year. ;D) It was so stupid. Remember the tree directories? I deleted the wrong tree and hadn’t backed it up on a floppy. My sister’s bf saved a lot of it but the docs were horribly messed up. Then there was the time I pushed back the keyboard while stretching and lost an entire paper because the reset button extended off the keyboard (inane design flaw) and it hit a tiny cubby on the desk. I also fried TWO towers by touching the metal key hanging off the front. Did you ever have one of those locking towers?? Enough with stories for now (’cause there’s more!) because it’s time to say CONGRATS for your own bloggy name! Did you get the private blog feature, too??

    1. Oh, no! Loosing an entire manual! Technology is just plain cruel! However, luckily someone could help you to retrieve some of it.

      Yes, I did pay the little extra and got the privacy feature. There is something about people having the ability to look up your address and phone number which makes me a little uncomfortable.

  7. Congrats!! And can complete relate!!

    I nearly gave up on blogging as kept getting locked out, wrestled with ‘white screen of death’ and even now, my new MacBook Air (cus I had to give up on the PC laptops) and Safari or Chrome don’t always seem to get along with WP…. All I wanted to do was enjoy writing, damn it! 🙂

    So once again – huge congrats on the swank new domain!!

    May the pleasure of blogging prevail over the travails of technology.

  8. Congratulations on your new domain name. It is–obviously–the perfect name.

    My understanding of technology is sorely lacking. Every time I try something new, I feel like I’m stumbling around in the dark. We got our first computer back in the dark ages when everyone in Manila was buying pirated Apple knockoffs. Since I’ve always worked at home, I’ve never had anyone to help me when I get in trouble. That’s why I don’t try anything fancy.

  9. Congratulations! 😀 And hurrah for it being available! I think that would be my biggest concern, after the imaginary technical complications I assume to be involved.
    I switched mine over, because like you, I’m not that techy savvyーI was scared that if I didn’t do it right away, then ALL WOULD FAIL… and it’s proven to be a good motivator to keep writing to. “Well I’m paying for the domain name, so….”
    Yay, looking forward to new, fancy .com posts and eventually the book, too! 😉

    1. I know!! I would have been heartbroken it someone else was using the domain address. BTW, your blog looks awesome so you much have a few technical tricks up your sleeve!! And yes, I feel that if you invest in something, even just a little, it is a great motivator to keep writing and improving!

      1. Haha, thank you! To tell you the truth, it’s all in a price tag=I paid for the layout! And I’m still figuring out how to edit the photo/text dimensions so that they work when viewing in all formats. Not doing so well with that yet, but working on it. ^^;

        Good luck to both of us in our invested endeavors! 😀

          1. Maybe in a few years, haha! Got some other things in the works first. 😉 (Like improving my photography skills, starting with not being so lazy about taking my camera out!!)

  10. Very exciting!! Congratulations! I remember purchasing my blog name. It was 2 years ago, I had never blogged, but I knew what my blog would be called if I ever decided to. So I bought it lol. I didn’t start using it until a year later though!

  11. Congratulations! You have just told the world that you are serious about your blogging! 😀
    I have the same technological challenges, I’m afraid. Back in the DOS/3.1 days I knew it all, but I got lost when Windows came out, and it’s been downhill ever since. My husband just shakes his head; can’t understand why my brain can’t wrap around anything technological.
    *sigh* Well, at least I can manage WordPress basics.

    1. I completely understand where you are coming from!! I am like you – I can make my way around WP pretty good but to do anything more technical has me scratching my head! That being said, you guys do have an amazing blog with a great layout, so I guess you both work well as a team!! 🙂

  12. Congratulations! This is so exciting! I could relate to a lot of this post because I find the technology side of things really difficult – in fact, it’s the one and only part of blogging that I’ve found quite frustrating and difficult because I always feel like I just don’t take to it naturally unlike most other bloggers so I found it hugely reassuring to read this! I hope it all goes smooth sailing for you and look forward to seeing how it all pans out 🙂

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