Saturday, February 22, 2014

We are experiencing Technical Difficulties and a Birthday Shout out!





Oh lord....

I am on a learning curve.  Have I mentioned how much of a learning curve I am on?

Not only am I learning to be a better (ideally good) writer, I am also learning all of the other things that writers are expected to know these days.

To wit:

I have a blog. But then you all knew THAT.  But sometimes stuff gets screwed up on the blog and I dither around trying to fix it.  When I do fix it, it is good luck usually, as opposed to an technical expertise.

For Club Members Heading Off to Battle...
 
 
I am on Facebook.  That seems more straightforward, although I do manage to screw it up now and then and try very hard not to hang my head in shame.  Look for me under Wendy McLeod MacKnight if you want to be my friend. 
 
 
 
I am on LinkedIn.  My children think LinkedIn is hysterically funny.  This is because they don't want to link in with anyone.  I am not sure if LinkedIn is particularly helpful but you never know and who knows who will find me!


I am even on twitter, via wendymcleodmacknight, though mostly what I tell people on twitter is that I have a new blog post up.  Every once in awhile I share a bon mot, but they are mostly only bon mots to me.

Not sure anyone could possibly want to know this much about me.  But I dream of a day when some wonderful child has read one of my books and goes to my website or follows me and it will all be worth it!



Now to the website.  I started the web site in early December.  I have had a few issues.  The biggest issues were related to the 'contact me' page.  Between myself and my technical advisor, a lovely fellow from somewhere in the deep south who loves the name of my first book, we thought we had it all set up.  But we did not.  Because today when I was working on the website, loading my Globe and Mail article and loading a PDF of chapter one of my first book I discovered that not all of the emails were being directed to the right place.  There were 12 orphaned emails, all from very nice people writing to me after my article was published, waiting for me.  I was mortified.

I wrote them back equally nice emails, each one more apologetic than the last, explaining  that I had never seen their emails.  After more technical assistance online, I think I have it all sorted out.  But dear god...

So if you want to see the very beginning of my website, by all means head right over wendymcleodmacknight.com.  And if you submit a comment, I will (I hope) actually get it!  I even have chapter one of my book up for prospective literary agents, who are no doubt lurking here waiting for me to share! ;-)

But back to my technical issues.  I am 51 years old.  I am an intelligent woman.  I know both of these facts to be true.  But I tell you the god's honest truth, I am humbled as I teach myself how to have a media presence. 

And the so-called 'user friendly' programs are not user friendly at all, at least not to me....

I love writing and I love how my new life is unfolding.  Eventually, I will (somewhat) become technically savvy.  I hope.  Until then?  Well, if you don't hear back right away, it's me, not you....

Anyone else feel that they are trapped in some giant lab rat experiment?  It's not who moved the cheese for me, it's "Where the hell's the maze????????"



We will make it.  We think!

Have a happy Saturday and stay safe out there!  And if you have a brilliant young web designer in your house, give them my email....I have no money to pay with (yet!) but I am ever so kind and cheerful!


Finally, even though she is very shy, a very Happy Birthday to my beloved daughter Sydney!  This is the champagne birthday - she turns 22 on the 22nd!  Happy Birthday Syd - I love you!

Sydney MacKnight


 

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  1. Happy Birthday Sydney! Sydney, if you are reading this, you have beautiful eyes - I know, I can hear your toes curling from here.

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    1. Tabs - will make sure she sees! She does have lovely eyes - her father's!

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  2. Happy birthday Sydney! Yes all this is a bit much I do it but only due to external pressure but I never got linkedin and probably never will!

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    1. Naomi it is a little crazy, isn't it? Thanks for the kind wishes to my girl!

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  3. Happy birthday to Sydney! Whenever my tech breaks down I want to call tech support and then realize, to my horror, I'm it.

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    1. Jen - I hear you! For years I had all these capable tech staff working for me - I learned nothing. Now I am forced to muddle through!

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    2. Jen, that is hilarious! I too need tech support staff, I can't even work the TV anymore.

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    3. oh the cable boxes are the worst! All those buttons! I am waiting for voice commands: TV, just put on the damn news please!

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    4. When I ask the girls for help, I sometimes get a lot of eye-rolling, and then I remind them who taught them how to tie their shoes,again and again and again.

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    5. fed them, clothed them... it's still humbling though, isn't it?

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  4. I'm tech support around here and it's a big disaster. Old Rascal did all that stuff but of course he moved to school nearly 3 years ago, aargh.
    I'm on LinkedIn which is completely pointless for me but oh well! I started a facebook page mainly to claim my blog name but I never use it... I joined Instagram so I could still see Ema, and that's fun, if I had to do twitter that's it, I'd be pushed over the edge!
    But the big story today is your beautiful daughter's birthday: Happy Birthday Sydney! I hope your birthday is wonderful and that this year is your best yet! Oh to be 22, okay I admit I'm thinking of that Taylor Swift song, well it is catchy...

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  5. Happy Birthday Sydney! You share a birthday with my sister Janice...she is exactly 30 years older than you

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  6. Hi Wendy, and Happy Birthday to Syndey! So 22 is the champagne birthday - good to know!

    My tech skills are sorely lacking as well but lately I've had to have a crash course as I'm doing some freelance work. I don't have any presence on the web, and my husband only has a Facebook page (just joined because a friend asked him too, we rarely do anything on it except I read the newsfeed and use the messaging to keep in touch with our son).

    I'm very excited to hear about your website - will head on over later on.

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    1. Hi Patricia - a champagne birthday is when your birthdate and age are the same - Sydney is turning 22 on the 22nd. Funny enough, my son's champagne birthday is next month when he turns 19 on the 19th....

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    2. Oh - I really did not know that! Only my older son now has the chance for a champagne birthday, for his 30th. I'll probably have forgotten all about it by then!

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  7. I had to come back to tell you that I LOVE your website, it is perfection. It is very you!

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    1. Now I just have to add more stuff and get published! ;-) thanks Sweetie!

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  8. The apple does not fall far from the tree, your daughter is gorgeous like mommy. Have a wonderful birthday Sydney! I so admire tech people because I am such a Luddite. I only have email and am in Linked In only because our company automatically puts their employees in there. I have not even looked at my profile. Looking forward to checking out your website. Congratulations on your two hockey wins. I do not mind losing out to Canadians.

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    1. Thanks Marie! We will all be up at 8 am tomorrow to see our men play against the Swedes! Big game! Thanks for the kind birthday wishes to my girl!

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  9. I had to come back too Wendy - the website is great, well done you!

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    1. Thanks! As I said to Dani - now I just have to figure out what more to put up over there beside some links and the first chapters of my children's book!

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  10. Well, here's one-- why have my comments this week been randomly eaten by gobbler, I mean Google?

    Happy Birthday, dear girl! I have a 22 year old daughter, too; keep challenging your Ma as it's good for us.

    I think tech is not "natural" to our generation, it's always going to be something grafted on to us. Not saying that some haven't mastered it, but at greater mental effort than,say, a 15 year old. Some day, you'll need a personal assistant to manage your fans, a function my other daughter provides to an author! I will certainly check out your website; not on FB, though.

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    1. Lane - I hear you - I will (I hope) definitely need assistance someday!

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  11. Oh, I just checked your website, it's lovely. Just an idea maybe a trivia/fun stuff section where you can put recipes, travel (with pictures), movie stuff so people can get to know the multi-faceted Wendy.

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    1. thanks Marie! Do you think I should do that here or there? I am thinking that the website is mostly about me as an authoress, but maybe I am limiting myself?

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  12. I've enjoyed that part of many authors' websites, makes them miore real and interesting. Moms buy books for their kids (snd read them too) and I know they will connect with your interests. It's just an opinion though. I also thought about putting your Friday cocktails but nah probably not a good idea.

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    1. heehee! Well I think you have a point and will definitely be adding more so thanks for the great advice!

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  13. Happy Birthday to Sydney!
    You can be very proud Wendy!!!

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  14. I feel your techy pain. I have obliterated my blog several times. I'm also on LinkedIn, for absolutely no reason, twitter, IG, Tumblr, Stumbleupon, but not Facebook. That one scares the bejeesses out of me...plus I can't seem to keep my personal one separate and got locked out by changing my emails attached. Happy Birthday to your gorgeous daughter. Really pretty girl!!!
    Heading up to check out your website:). xo

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  15. I love your website!!! It's great. Congratulations. xo

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  16. BIRTHDAY GIRL: Hip, hurray and a happy day for Syd. I like her champagne birthday. 30 on the 30th did not excite me at the time, recently moved to Canada, sad wardrobe, think it was a Monday ;-)
    - Your website is beautiful. My next step suggestion would be some keywords on pages to help your organic SEO (emailing.) Ditto finding some way to integrate content updates (sometimes this is a blog, but there are other ways) to make site more sticky
    - My personal Twitter account vs. work ones bit sad. But I just tweeted your news (@annein140) Suggest you might follow and RT some more folks (Twitter no longer has many of it's capacity caps and there are lots of book lists and hashtags you can follow as well as writer online tweet-ups - convos.)
    Your young'uns don't get LinkedIn because it is about professional networking and introductions/ groups versus social. But it is valueable (as long as you don't get bombarbarded by too many job requests which would not apply in your case.) So do continue to work it.

    Again Wendy, congratulations x 2! And KBO my friend...

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    1. Oh, and now you need to add your fab new site to your Twitter bio and do a LinkedIn post! (I know naggish, but when at work I make this online stuff work.)

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    2. No - this is awesome - I am a newbie and I am learning to integrate, integrate, integrate!!!!

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    3. Tweeted you back w/ some good YA writers to follow. HTH

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    4. thanks - I have been following a lot on blogger, but not twitter!

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  17. I sympathize. My new PC is not compatible with my old graphic/ photo editing software, so I keep trying new free trials, hoping to replicate my past success. It is not a matter of being an old dog unable or unwilling to learn new tricks, it is a matter of not having time to learn them.
    And, I love Marie's suggestion about putting more of your stamp on your blog, with personal tidbits. I keep meaning to do that with mine, but haven't had the opportunity. Although, maybe some mystery is a good thing!

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    1. thanks! Would love to see your website - does your blog link to it?

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  18. Oh- just stopped by your website. Wonderful! I loved the home page, and I giggled when I realized the only Lester I ever knew in literature was Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's pig- he of the fine manners. I also wanted to add that Wonder by RJ Palacio is extraordinary....

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    1. Loved Mrs. Piggle Wiggle I have not read Wonder so will add it to the to read list!

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  19. Congrats to you as the mom of a beautiful daughter. We always call the birthday where the age and date match the "magic birthday," so I hope it is indeed magical.

    Love your web site, and I'm looking forward to reading the preview of your first YA novel. The title is quite catchy! Just the thing to capture the attention of a publisher who is looking for a new bestseller. :)

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    1. WA Shopper - thanks! as for title - I hope someone loves it - have been working on this for 25 years! ;-)

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  20. I commented on this post using my Iphone since I was away from my computer. My comments are not here so they have gone somewhere out into the stratosphere. And I personally think they were great comments but I cannot remember what they were. So I will end this by saying A big Happy Birthday to Sydney and a big cuss word to technology.

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    1. I laughed when I read this! Damn technology!

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  21. Happy Birthday, Syd!

    I am on LinkedIn, but truth be told, it's pretty much a Facebook with resumes attached. I made lots of contacts, but that's about it.

    We just got about 10cm of snow. I've been shovelling the garage ramp this morning, but it seems we may have to do it again this evening. Can you believe it?

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    1. I saw you had snow! That must have gummed things up!

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