Clarissa Johal: Computer Savvy or How to Teach Yourself Computer Programming in 3-Easy-Steps

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Computer Savvy or How to Teach Yourself Computer Programming in 3-Easy-Steps


Some of you may know that I’ve recently signed a contract with Musa Publishing for my new novel, Between.  I’m very excited by this and spent the first day bouncing off the walls and blurting to complete strangers My Exciting News. I probably clear a path walking into the local grocery store now...but that could be my imagination.
After the initial excitement wore off, well, a little of it, I realized that my true work had just begun.  The writing?  It was work, but fun work and something I considered reasonably effortless.  The social networking and promoting?  Not so much.
So, I’ve spent the last week trying to upgrade all of my author sites; my website, my blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc., and have come to the conclusion that I will never be a computer programmer.  Ever.
It should’ve been simple.  All I needed to do was to add some social buttons sending readers here and there so they could be “in the know” as to when Between was being released.  Everything would be connected into one big, easy-peasy, social stream.
Or so I thought.
Social buttons.  Twitter, Blogger, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr, there are hundreds of them.  Facebook has a button which sends the reader to a person’s page wherein the reader can “Like” or “Friend” that person with the ease of one click.  I figured I'd start there. I’ve seen it. I’ve done it. Not a problem.
For some reason, however, this simple task took me a total of 2 days to complete.  Apparently, computer programming is not my calling. 
I logically began my search on the internet for instructions on how to add a Facebook button to my website.  A website, I might add, that I suffered over years ago and haven’t touched since for fear it may just blow up in my face. 
My search led me to a plethora of helpful websites of which I chose one by eHow. The instructions read something like this; “Go to the website of Facebook, type in social plugin” (which I did immediately, so now I was on Facebook’s “How To” page). “There are two Like button implementations, blah, blah and blabbity-blah.”  Oh. Okay.  Well, I hadn’t a clue what “blah” or “blabbity-blah” meant but I was sure if I looked them up, all would be revealed. 
And off I went to do that very thing.
I found another website which thankfully, was only too happy to define “blah” and “blabbity-blah” for me.  It read something like this; “Blah.  Parses and renders the gabbidy-gook and can be used to send the blah to the hurpity-derp.”  Oh.  Of course. Why did I not think of that?  My attention at that point was starting to wander but after a quick swig of coffee, I was back on track.  I was absolutely sure that if I looked up the meaning of "hurpity-derp," I would understand what "gabbidy-gook" means.  It was that simple. 
And off I went to look for that.
Success!  I happened to find a webpage that told me exactly what “hurpidy-derp” means.  It was a mark up language for building a Facebook application.  Okay, that made sense.  Uh-huh. Except now I couldn't remember what I was looking for.  Oh yes, a Facebook button.  Maybe I needed to start over again.
I closed all my tabs with a furious click and typed;  “How to add a Facebook button to your blog." Maybe “blog” instead of “website” would bring up different hits and something would make sense.  I found the headline, “Adding Facebook “Like” Buttons to Your Site is Damn Easy” and since I was on-board with that sentiment, I clicked on it. With a sigh of relief, I read; “For the implementations of blah, blah and blabbity-blah and when one needs to use gabbidy-gook for the hurpidy-derp, one simply mumbo-jumbos the purple dinosaurs so they don’t fly at midnight.”  I was nodding and, wait, what? 
At that point, and in a fit of frustration, I closed my computer and gave up. 

I don’t need a Facebook button right now anyways.  Maybe Twitter will be easier. 

(I wish to update that I have managed to add said buttons to this blog and similes of into my website.  I will not give up and continue to persevere. If any reader wishes to help me in this task, please send me instructions excluding all mentions of mumbo-jumbos and keep your purple dinosaurs to yourself)

4 comments:

Sheri said...

First, congratulations on the book! How very exciting!

Second, I have been through the blah blah blah and hurpity durp, and you have my utmost sympathies. There is nothing easy about it. All of my computer and blog work has been self taught, and some times I forget if I have taken Excedrin or not, and I'm certain that I probably take three doses in an hour!

Wishing you the very best! Now that the buttons are in place, enjoy the rest of the process. :)

Clarissa Johal said...

Good to know that it's not just me that gets lost in the herpity durp! That makes me feel better. Even just getting this to post on FB was ironic, FB kept wanting to post older posts and not update. I ended up getting lost in a "how to" on metadata. Good gosh, really??

Cordelia Dinsmore said...

Oh, my. Thank you for my morning, um, wait, noon laugh. Very enjoyable even though I am so with you on figuring out anything in the cyber world.

Congrats on the book. Mine is out as of TODAY, and since I'm not going into town, I have to frighten all the people on line.

And you're absolutely right about the hard work just beginning. I just did a post on my own blog-that-only-took-forever-to-figure-out-how-to-set-up-and-I'm-still-not-happy-with, about this very thing, sort of.

Mike Lowson said...

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