Monday, June 21, 2004

Gotta learn to walk before you run...

This is shocking. I've only just got this blog running, I still don't know what I'm doing half the time, and I'm already thinking, well, Blogger's nice'n all, but it's a bit basic, isn't it? I feel like the kid in the sweet shop wandering round other people's much more sophisticated blogs... I want bells and whistles! (in a sweet shop? Watch those mixed metaphors.) Unless there's a lot more stuff Blogger can do that I haven't found out about yet.

This is a bad habit of mine with computers and especially things online. I'm a great one for getting enthused about some new toy and rushing in without reading the instructions properly, which would have told me (a) HOW TO DO IT (and particularly, how not to get stuck half-way through) or (b) YOU CAN'T DO IT, at least without also acquiring several other bits of software (or even hardware...). Result: it takes several times as long as it should have done (and if I'd realised how much hassle was involved I might not have bothered at all).

Thus, for example, it took two goes to get myself a good free HTML editor on, simply because I didn't properly read the information on the first one which would have told me that it wasn't going to be able to do the job I needed. I now have HTML-Kit, by the way, which is great. Mind you, I haven't a clue what half of that's for either. But isn't that often the way online? Either far too basic or so complicated that only the truly dedicated really understand what's going on?


  1. Anonymous2:06 PM

    You'll know who this is since we met recently in The Great Court! Love the blog; not sure I understand most of what blogs do as yet, my knowledhge is confined to the Baghdad blogger, but it's lots of fun and brings back that left-field side of computing which things like Endnote looked like stifling. Also your design (looks like an 18th-century ms. to me) is great, too.

  2. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Hi Sharon,
    Anonymous is right. It does look good. :) I've noticed a lot of bloggers start off on free hosts like this and then upgrade when they've got into the swing of things. So you're following a grand old tradition.


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