Sunday, May 17, 2009


See, here's the thing, I know enough to get by on the computer, but I also know enough to do a lot of damage. Sometimes I am apt to just push a button here, a button there (because I think I've reached a level of smartness), only to discover I can't get back to the place I started, which is the beginning! Can I get an Amen? I have literally stared at this computer for heart-stopping minutes, praying that God would lend guidance to the situation, particularly when something very important--like, say, a MANUSCRIPT of all things--has disappeared from my screen and I can't figure out where it went. YOW, it's enough to make my heart go into spasms.

And here's something else. I don't know how I got that handy-dandy little feature up there in the right hand corner of my screen that says "FOLLOWERS". (I think I remember one day saying to myself, "What's a widget? That's a very cute word. I think I'll click on it." And so I did, and look what popped up. In fact, I looked today and realized I HAVE 16 FOLLOWERS. I love this nice, lovely feature---however it got there---but I have one little question, and here it is: People, why are you following me? I don't know anything, and I truly haven't said much of anything worth reading. Still, I think it's awfully cool, so don't stop on my account! And by the way, I recently discovered I have lurkers reading my blog who don't know how to leave comments. COME ON, PEOPLE, IF I CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO CREATE A BLOG, YOU CAN LEAVE ME A COMMENT. Just click on 'comments' and start writing in the box. If you don't have an account create one--or I think you can just click on 'ANONYMOUS'.

I have friends who can do all kinds of things with their computers--like build beautiful websites, which take up their whole screen. How come my blog page is so skinny? It's the only skinny thing about me--my blog. Other people can make their blogs stretch wide across the screen. Also, I can't make my photos go where I want them to go. They just go straight to the top of my page and refuse to move. Some people arrange their pics in all sizes and places on their page. What's up with that?

And on this topic of technology - yes, that is what I'm sputtering about, what is with cell phones these days? I thought they invented them to talk on. Why must we now treat them as typewriters, ur...what's a typewriter? Pardon me. Why must we treat them as computers and type on their midget-sized keys? My daughter will say, "Mom, I texted you a message," to which I'll say, "Why didn't you CALL me? It's a P-H-O-N-E!"

Today, for hubby's birthday, my kids got him a universal remote for our big screen TV. (Yes, we have one of those honkers, but it's very hard to turn on because it requires lots of remotes.) Now, supposedly we can toss them all aside and just rely on this ONE remote. By the way, Cecil ain't no genius when it comes to things technical; although, he's better than me by a long stretch. Whereas it used to take him 10 minutes to finally get the DVD rolling once he went through all the directions, now he/we should be able to hit play within a minute. Or two. Hmmm.

The kids say, "Mom, even YOU will be able to watch a movie with this remote." Thank you...I think.

We'll see. I'm sure I'll figure out a way to screw it up.



Nise' said...

You crack me up! My limited knowledge of all things computer would be happy to help!! I like the follow feature because I am alerted when my favorite bloggers have a new post(that would be you!).

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Nise', you're kidding. That little widget thing called Followers actually tells my "followers" when I've posted a blog? Now, see, I did not know that. I am learning something new every day in this wonderful world of blogging and technology.

Now, if I could just figure out how to set our new alarm clock.

Rob Roush said...

Hey Sharlene,

I haven't really been lurking on your blog yet, but I saw your Facebook entry and had to check out your comments on technology. I must say, I'm much more comfortable with the tech stuff than the writing thing. But I'm learning.

If you ever have a question, feel free to shoot it my way. I like to help where I can.

I've been reluctant to put the "followers" on my blog, as I'd prefer not to be reminded I don't have any yet. :)

From a fellow West Michigander.

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Hey, Rob, you are a DEAR for posting in my blog! Thanks so much. AND...thanks for your offer to help me in the techno field. Actually, here's one of my problems...I'm so confused sometimes I can't think of an intelligent way to ask the question. Ha! (I remember thinking that very thing when I was in college. The prof would urge students to ask questions, and I felt so inept I didn't even know how to voice my question.) Okay, I'm sure you didn't relate to that particular dilemma.

Blessings from above...

Crystal said...

You are too funny! I hope you are able to navigate the TV with that new remote : )

Edna said...

You are so funny, I am 66 and I love electronics, evert one of my family calls me when their computer goes down, I can fix those jokers. I was just born before the electronic era.
If you have a contest to win books please enter me into it, I do stop playing on the internet sometimes and read. I read about 4 hours each night I am a night owl and love to speep in the mornings.


Sharlene MacLaren said...

Hi Crystal. Guess what - it's the second day and I haven't even picked up that remote. Wouldn't you think I'd be a little curious? Nope.

Edna!!!!! You are a computer geek at 66 - and a woman no less? YOU, DEAR LADY, ARE MY HERO!
Plus, I just accepted your friendship over at Shoutlife. Oh, we're going to have fun!


much2ponder said...

Too funny! I could relate to the TV remote issue. I hardly ever watch TV and since we got our big screen with all the bells and whistles a while ago; I am just now getting used to the four remotes that are needed to run everything. It is just crazy...Crazy I tell you:) As for the blog thing and how it appears on the screen, that depends on the layout you have chosen. If you look at mine in the top left corner there is a little icon that reads, cutest blogs on the block. Click on it or wait maybe that would open up a whole new can of worms. It's all in becoming familiar with all of these things and that takes time. Let me know how the TV remote goes with watching movies. If it works, I might be asking you for some advice:)

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Hi, M2P. Would you believe I haven't touched the remote today? I guess I don't care enough about watching it -- or I don't have time!

Okay, you made me laugh with your advice to go to that icon up in the corner of your blog and then your abrupt change of mind. I guess you are learning that I'm easily confused on matters technical. haha.

Take care, and have a great week.

much2ponder said...

Actually you come across as the very opposite to me. I was only joking:) Have a wonderful day Sharlene.

Enlitener said...

I have just two three things to say to you my dear sister and friend in Christ. (1) "To thine own self be true." Don't try to be like someone else and what they are good at it. You will fail. But no one can be a better you than you. Determine your "strengths" and focus on them while you ignore your "weaknesses". (2) So accept who God made you and the unique way that God made you and love yourself the unique way that you are - just like God does. (3) Stop hating yourself (the way you are) and putting yourself and the way you are down. You are are only a unique, preferential, expression of God. He likes variety. Luv yourself girl! We do! And we want more of the REAL you! WE NEED it! Please don't deny us that benefit! Thanks.

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Dear Enlightener.

Well, thank you very much for all the encouragement!

The Tropical Blogger said...

Hi, Sharlene.
Just letting some people on my blog list know about a blog giveaway that is going on.

I have posted about it in my blog.
If you or someone you know is interested, send them over to my blog for more information.

Lynnette Bonner said...

So Shar, Have you used your new gadget, yet? :) (The power button usually says "P-O-W-E-R" by it.) :) (You know I love you!)

Check out my blog. I gave you a "Lovely Blog Award" today. Thanks for your wonderful posts! - I put that in because I don't have a blogger blog, yet, and I can't figure out how to link to my blog from my blogger profile.