I’ll be the first to admit I’m both a bit ass-backwards and brazen when it comes to technology. The plus side of this is that I’m not afraid to dabble in new (or not so new) applications and tools, even if I have no expertise or business in doing so. (Note the similarity with my Home Wrecker / DIY description.) On the not so plus side, I’m not afraid to dabble in new (or not so new) applications and tools and have no business doing so.
So after realizing that many of the people who I’ve befriended on Facebook and LinkedIn also have MySpace profiles, coupled with the fact that instructors at the writer’s conference I recently attended promoted the sites for networking and promoting your work, I decided to create a MySpace profile, too. I know, a few years behind here, but ok!
Well, all I can say to MySpace is you are MyEffingPitA (Pain-in-the-Ass).
I signed up and tried activating my account through the verification email. That didn’t work at first, but after a few tries it did. I then set up a basic profile. At my age I thought I didn’t need to express myself with annoying bling-bling or graphics… but then I saw there is a tool where you can do simple formatting like changing the background color, fonts, etc. Ooh, that might be nice! I thought. So, I switched from my browser to Internet Explorer — because PitA can only do the formatting changes through IE — and it all went downhill from there.
Formatting changes I thought I made didn’t take, I became obsessed with trying to match colors though the color palette tool but it kept changing back to a color I didn’t want, and at least one formatting change I know did take is visible when I open the page through my browser, but not IE where I made the change. Huh?
I also learned that MySpace continues to be a closed system and I can’t import my blog posts from here into my profile like I do on FaceBook. To top it all off, I set up these profiles to network and to potentially gain more readers. In fact, it appears MyHeadache has more networking opportunities –but for some reason I’m not searchable through their search function. WTF? No one knows I’m there! Or here. Or wherever. I’ve sent three different messages to technical support and they continue to respond back with auto-reply answers that don’t answer the question. The answers don’t even cover the subject i’m asking about!
How am I going to support my delusion idea that other writers, editors and agents will ever find me? How will the nice cat ladies writing paranormal teen-vampire romances I met a few weeks ago be able to contact me?
Yesterday I brunched with a group of tech-savvy women who were kind enough to invite this old bitty to join them. They were telling me that I should get on Twitter and also do a podcast someday. I almost choked on my omelette.
(You can find me on Facebook or MySpace by clicking on the links to the right of this post under “Stay Up to Date”. I’m on LinkedIn, too. Look me up! Be my friend! Please!)