One of the biggest issues I’ve had in learning new technology is that it scares the hell out of me. When I started blogging three years ago (on blogspot), I was completely a novice when it came to messing with the coding. I think I probably crashed the site about a dozen times, in all honesty. However I knew even then changes were coming in regards to distribution of news.
I’m still sweating bullets when it comes to upgrading my new account or changing a theme. I’m always wondering “what if I screw it up?”
The good side to this is I’m learning, through the guidance of others, what to do and what not to do. I still have a lot to learn (curses FTP when it comes to her site.)
I have to remember that when I started in print news, we used a was machine and measured the inches with our handy dandy Xacto knives to make sure the newsprint lined up during paste-up.
Blast from the past:
We don’t need these machines now although I’m quite nostalgic about them. In the past five years, even in the small market I work in, Adobe programs, Quark and InDesign are standard. I still see the waxcoater covered in dust in the attic of where I currently work.
This may give some insight on why for some of us in deadwood, looking ahead is quite daunting.