As we enter week three of the “author blog-hop” (see below), it’s time to reflect on the effect of computer technology on writing and our lives. When Lisa Sanchez introduced the concept of a blog hop to the group of authors at Omnific Publishing, I asked myself, “Blog what?” I’m just getting accustomed to the idea of a blog, and now it’s hopping?
Fortunately Lisa was patient with us technotards (thanks qjmom for the word techtard) and now the hop is a great way to cruise over to multiple author blogs/websites to meet authors and readers. A definite plus of computers is the ability to post this message and discuss ideas with people all over the world. I’m also struck by some definite disadvantages of the technological wizardry assailing us daily.
Here are some pros and cons of computer technology as I see them:
• The opportunity to chat with you fine people on this blog.
• Facebook, twitter, and goodreads are places I can keep up on my friends’ lives like never before.
• I’ve met some incredible people on fan forums for my favorite books and TV shows. Two women I’ve befriended online—one from South Africa and one from France—have blessed me with wonderful support of my writing. Very cool!
• Researching facts when writing is much easier online than trudging to the library. Thank you to my editors at Omnific Publishing for correcting the instances when my quick online “research” wasn’t entirely accurate! Hee hee.
• I can post a music playlist for my novel With Good Behavior on my blog? Really? Technology continues to amaze me. (See playlist on the right).
• From what I understand, ebooks are revolutionizing the publishing industry, and obviously the internet is essential for the ebook market.
• The frustration of computer cluelessness. I purchased the domain http://www.jenniferlanebooks.com from domain.com four months ago and my author website is STILL not pointing to this domain (the site’s finished though—this blog is part of my website). Apparently domain.com is not user-friendly at all; therefore I’m now in the process of transferring my domain to godaddy.com so that my web designer can get the site up where it belongs. Naturally this process is totally confusing to me, and nothing can test my poor frustration tolerance like computer problems. I scream and cry like a two year-old on a tantrum.
• Does the constant distraction of technology make us more stressed out? One reason I believe the answer is yes comes from my work as a psychologist. I have worked in university counseling centers that cannot keep up with the increasing psychopathology and counseling needs of college students. Why are more young people suffering from mental health problems? One theory is that the constant bombardment of mp3 players, smart phones, laptops, e-readers, texting, multiple email addresses, social networking sites, video games etc. is overwhelming our sense of peace and focus. Instead of being mindful, doing one thing at a time, we have become mindless multi-taskers.
• I have to laugh at my own frantic technological behavior. On a typical day, I see two new tweets so I open twitter, soon to be distracted by a gmail email announcing I have a new friend at goodreads.com. Then I notice that a private message just came in on facebook, and I chuckle at a long-lost friend exclaiming “OMG you wrote a novel?!” Then back to my work email, discovering that a psychotherapy client wants to reschedule. Soon after I’m checking out a review on another site or typing a blog idea before I forget it. After hours of this techno-binge, I feel anxious and frazzled, and I somehow can’t understand why I didn’t get any writing done that day.
So what do you think? What are some technological pros and cons in your world? Are you a technowhiz or a technotard? Please post a comment and then hop on down to our author blog-hop!
Good morning, readers and authors! It’s Monday, which means it’s time for the author blog hop.
Here’s how it works:
READERS: Follow as many authors as you like. Just follow the Linky list and hop from author to author. The idea is to find as many “new to you” authors as you can, and hopefully some great new reading material as well. Leave a comment as you hop from blog to blog! We’d love to chat with you!
•Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list.
•You will need to enter your name and blog url into the Linky tool.
•Grab our super cute button and place it in a post. (THIS IS IMPORTANT!) If you don’t create a post for the hop, your readers won’t have a place to comment, and the hop will stop with you. So create a post, paste in the Linky code and start hopping!
•The purpose of the hop is to meet “new to you” authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself!
•If you’d like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog ( Please do!) just follow the link and copy/paste the code into a blog post.