Monday, February 18, 2008

Me Too! Me Too!


Okay, so I’m a crusty curmudgeon when it comes to technology. I learned to type (such as I do---it’s the old hunt and peck method with about four fingers) on an old Royal upright typewriter whose “e” key stuck. I didn’t get an electric typewriter until college. Fifteen years ago I had to get my kids to help me turn on the computer when it was time for me to send out the minutes from the hospital auxiliary board I was recording secretary for. I still don’t know half the functions of my Word program. Are you getting the picture? I’m clueless. A woman of a certain age. But not dead. Thus I’m now on Myspace and Facebook after much professional prompting and the sudden flurry of writing friends. See the Cyberspace Spots link on the sidebar.

I know all about the networking, blah blah blah. I confess I don’t really like either face-space. Pop-ups and ads are excruciatingly annoying. It’s hard to define yourself by favorite movies, inspirational quotes and who you’re tossing Mardi gras beads to. My kids are horrified I might read their pages. Two of my daughters helped enhance my Myspace page anyway the other day, hating the boring floral wallpaper I picked and the cello music---but hey, I used to hang boring floral wallpaper. I used to play the cello. If I’m branding myself, I’m just a boring flower-loving ex-cello player who happens to write romance novels. And I'm way cuter than the lady above.

I find my blog-hopping and blog-writing (Three? Who thought that was a good idea?) time-consuming enough without further diversion. So right now I’m not sending any invitations. However, I’m accepting them (and so are the Vauxhall Vixens), so let me put up your little avatar. But don’t hug me or poke me or otherwise try to find out my favorite Johnny Depp movie because (lowers voice so Hellion can’t hear) I haven’t liked Johnny Depp since 21 Jump Street. I told you I was old.

Are you a little lemming like me? Any tips for networking? Do check out the fabulous slide show and musical program Ely put up on V V's Myspace page---get a luscious Vixen fix!

25 comments:

J.K. Coi said...

Maggie, I commend you for trying the MySpace thing. I'm not brave enough to attempt that one!

terrio said...

Looking back I now realize the best class I ever took was typing. Can't imagine where I would be without it and that pecking thing would drive me bonkers.

Like you, I've been sucked into Face/Space though I don't have any idea how to maneuver over there. I did finally figure out how to change my MySpace song last night and even how to get it to play automatically. But I'm not sending out invites or poking people as I don't have time to play.

I really think blogging is the best way to reach both readers and other writers so I'd say you've got everything you need. Maybe even a little bit more. *g*

Maggie Robinson said...

Ha---and here I've been screwing around with the Myspace page cause the girls thought it was blah. So I changed the background. It's still blah, and I lost all the friends somewhere on cyberspace. Grr. Obviously this is not meant to be. Kris, you are a wise woman. Terri, I completely agree with you about the "more" part, except I need more brains, LOL!

MistyJo said...

Maggie, you're doing better than I am. I refuse to create a MySpace page. I have a student who is kind of stalkerish material in the making, and she's on MySpace. When she overheard me telling a co-worker that Bill and Hannah have MySpace pages, she hunted them down. They accepted her friendship requests to be nice. Now, every morning I have to listen to a report of how long my husband and my daughter are online each night. Scary!

Like you and others, I'm beginning to tire of the pokes, gifts, and etc... It's beginning to feel like a job just to keep up, and most of these things cannot be added unless you send invites to 10 or 20 friends.

Maggie Robinson said...

Misty, tell them they can disable the "I'm online" part somewhere. I forget how, but I did---I don't want people knowing I'm chained to the computer, LOL.

Well, I'm on my 6th design change of the evening. Or is it the 7th?

Marnee Jo said...

Maggie, I think that you're incredibly progressive in your technological endeavors. I love knowing you and would have never met you if not for such things.

I have myspace/facebook, but I'm not obsessed. (ok yet, *knocking on wood*) I try to keep my social stuff under control, though, because if I don't tell myself to write first, play later, I will procrastinate and chit-chat all day!! (Well, all day minus 1 year old. So, really, not all day usually....)

I agree about blogging meeting readers/writers. It's been such a great experience. :)

Gillian Layne said...

For me, to put up a blog was a bit like walking on the moon. My kids would consider it crossing the street.

I despaired of all the Myspace references I saw this last week. I'm buried in revisions, and I'm a dreadful multi-tasker. This new frontier shall have to wait. But I'm VERY impressed by your "Gal-about-cyberspace" skills, Maggie :)

Maggie Robinson said...

And there you have it, Gillian. When I should have been revising, I was changing the background on Myspace. Simebody crack the whip!

Marnee, it's clear you have your priorities straight, too. I think because I'm on vacation this week I've allowed myself to think "I can always work tomorrow." So far it's been most of three days playing at various things, but I did spend HOURS revising yesterday...so I'm not a complete slacker!

irisheyes said...

I learned on a manual too!!! I wonder if everyone who owned a manual typewriter had a problem with the letter "E". LOL

When I try to explain to my kids about manual typewriters they just don't get it. I'm gonna have to hunt one down for them to see the advancement in technology. I'll probably have to go to a museum!

You know what, Maggie, I think you're doing fine. Sooner or later something's gotta give... let it be MySpace, not your writing!!!

Maggie Robinson said...

Irish, my youngest daughter had the neatest bracelet made for me with old typewriter keys...a letter for everyone in the family and my initials, with a MAR REL, SHIFT KEY, fraction and @ sign. It's the cutest thing, except the S has fallen off and I need to have it reglued. Gosh, it hurt to hit those keys as I recall. The thing was a beast.

Tessa Dare said...

Maggie, I'm right there with you on the "grr, I can't believe I finally caved to MySpace" bandwagon. And it is such a brilliant way to waste time. i just figured I'd better do it eventually, before someone else registered the Tessa Dare name, like a stripper or something.

Now I have to figure out Facebook. *sob*

Janga said...

Maggie, your typing skills are better than mine. I use only one finger, and I use that one most of the time only after I have written my document out in longhand.

You are a marvel! I just started blogging. All other virtual initiatives else are going to have to wait for a while.

Gillian Layne said...

Good morning, Maggie!

I've developed an obsession with the 4-seasons picture in the previous post. Can you tell me where you found it?

Many thanks!!

Tiffany Kenzie said...

Kris.. it's only a matter of time before you come over to the dark side.

I admit I hate myspace. I've got it to a point i can simply live with it. I adore facebook though. I ignore the pokes/gifts/quizes that come my way. And Tessa, facebook is user friendly. And interactive facing that doesn't require figuring out html/css...

And for reacher readers and writers, I'm with terri... blogging is my preferred way. It's easy, it's something I enjoy and there is no poking and inviting needed.

Maggie Robinson said...

Gillian, I probably found it on Google images. I just checked again, and a similar quartet can be be seen at www.art.com. Just Google "French seasons."

Tiff, as you know I'm a blogaholic. I guess you can blog through your Myspace page too and not set up anything elsewhere---they obviously want the site to be one-stop-shopping. All I know is that I've obsessed about the design enough! And of course yesterday in a lull I found yet one more layout site that tempted me! It made me want to set somethging up in the pen name I'll use if any of my dirty stuff ever sells, LOL. Stop the madness.

Maggie Robinson said...

Janga, so glad you've joined Blogworld! Your insights are always appreciated!

BernardL said...

That is funny. Your daughters are terrified you might see their 'My Space pages'... as opposed to the millions who already have access to them? :)

Keira Soleore said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh...that glorious dress in the colors of my heart....ohhhhhhhhh. Maggie, you've made my day.

As all of you on Facebook have noticed, I've gotten myself out of all the prodding and poking that I used to do and have done to me. My page took time to load and took loads of my time to maintan. Now, it's much more basic, and I'm happy with it.

Maggie, all hail to you for blogging in three spots around the 'Net.

Misty, I've heard about stalkerish tendencies on MySpace from two other people, hence my reluctance to set up an account over there.

Tessa, I agree with the others here. Facebook can be fun, and it's easy.

Maggie Robinson said...

Bernard, you can set your page to private, and only the people you've "friended" can see it. I have no wish to read posts on my kids' pages....much better to live in parental ignorance, especially because the "kids" are grown up. Too late now, LOL.

Keira, you can still poke me if you want. Or send me drinks, even better! Myspace is more visually stimulating with so many background choices, but my kids think Facebook is more professional. I think both could become addictive, so I'm sticking to the blogs for now...equally addictive!

RevMelinda said...

My daughter (age 16) has had Myspace and Facebook pages for years. I used to check them every once in a while to make sure she was practicing "safe netiquette." (She was--but ooh la la, some of her friends posted the most amazing photos of themselves half naked and doing drugs. . .I bet THEIR parents weren't checking. . .)

Every time she goes on Myspace it kills our wireless modem and we have to reset it. Too much (or too little) bandwidth? Because of that I tend not to go there.

I am always fascinated that my daughter can IM three or four people, do Myspace, talk on the phone, and send text messages all at the same time (or so it seems to slow old me).

And I so agree about the typing class--the best, most valuable thing I ever took in high school. I've had to type in every job I've ever had. . .can't imagine having to hunt and peck or having to depend on someone else to type for me. . .I write so much faster, and better, with a keyboard than with a pen.

Maggie Robinson said...

RevM, I know---what are kids thinking? The stuff they post on Myspace and YouTube is unbelievable. In my day, we just settled for writing on the bathroom wall. *g*

And I do so wish I took typing. I still am pretty quick but none of my fingers are where they should be. I'm watching myself type now and it's sad. In a post a while back I did admit I once took an night typing class when I was in college but I cut it to go snogging with my boyfriend. I was very short-sighted at the time.

Ericka Scott said...

I 'friended' you and the Vixens!

Took me a few weeks to get myspace up and running...I thought perhaps I was too old to have a space, ended up it was just 'down' for maintenance every time I tried to register.

I haven't hopped blogs lately, having been too busy writing and working on edits. But I need to work it back into my schedule as I miss seeing what everyone is up to!

Maggie Robinson said...

Lots of good things happening for you, Ericka! I still say you've won the lottery in book covers. Every one is a winner. Thanks for friending us---your page is spectacular. I'm going to take my time w/ Myspace too---I'm mired in revisions. Altho at this point I'll procrastinate with just about anything to get away from it all. Folding laundry, anyone?

Santa said...

I do Facebook but not MySpace. MySpace scares the crap out of me. Too much interaction and way too much TMI. I don't do alot on Facebook either except write three words and play Scrabulous with my sister-friend who walked me through getting on. I'm still a chicken at heart.

My DH hates both applications because they are rife with potential viruses and trojan horses. I haven't even posted my picture there yet!

Maggie Robinson said...

Oh, Santa, I just missed you! Yeah, I'm leery of everything too. When I was looking at layouts, my security system said that there was a "threat" attached to what I clicked on. After losing access to my computer for a couple of months, I sure don't want that to happen again. What would I do w/o all of you? *g*