ICT Procrastinationitis

I\’m extremely cross with the Financial Hack at the moment – he\’s been taking the piss out of me because I promised to learn how to use WordPress properly and Paypal and all that some time ago. He alleges it was around July 2011. And although I\’ve slowly done a few things – hello, Paypal button! Hello extra pages! – these in fact amount to diddleysquat (ie more than F.A. but definitely less than a hill of beans).
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What makes me particularly annoyed with him is that he\’s right. I have been utterly wet about it. Last year I actually made a New Year\’s resolution to get better at and comfortable with ICT. I did a brilliant course at Link into Learning at my local library which was pretty much tailor-made for evening-out the large gaps between the bits of computing I was familiar with (email, word processing) and the bits I wasn\’t – (websites, research and buying stuff online). However.
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It wasn\’t enough. Now I have to get really good at doing it because I can\’t bear to hand over large wads of cash to other people to do things just because they know more than I do.
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Yes, I\’m fully aware that this post is actually more procrastination. OK, all right. I\’m doing it now. I am. Honest.
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Tomorrow (or whenever) I will explain why ICT is so hard for me.

Annoyed with Self

I basically faffed around today. I meant to work on my non-fiction book (don\’t ask – well, OK, do ask but I might not answer) and spent the whole morning reading something that was nothing to do with it. Then I went to Truro library and found they wanted back two of the books they\’d found for my research on account of the University of Lancaster insisting the books must return. And I\’m only about a quarter of the way through the first one, despite having had it for six weeks. The fact that it\’s entirely my fault I haven\’t done the research I meant to do when I should have done it, DOES NOT MAKE ANYTHING BETTER.
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The afternoon was then devoted to doing an IT course – essentially filling in the large gaps in my knowledge of how to make computers do what I want them to do, not what they want. Naturally I plan to write a book called \”What to do when Computer Says No\”, ideally collaborating with my fantastically brilliant cousin Simon Key who is a professional cartoonist.
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And then Ben Salfield who is the only organised musician – guitarist and lutenist – I have ever met, called me and told me to do linky things with the Tolmen Centre\’s website because I am going to be performing at the guitar festival there on the 14th October. I will be launching \”THE POETRY DIET or Why Don\’t We All Just Wear Corsets?\” Quite possibly while wearing a corset.