Exhausted. All yesterday, into the small hours of today, configuring WordPress, Facebook and Twitter to talk to eachother. There’s the tools to do it – if you can find them. If you can find them you may get them to work as they seem to promise, but woe betide if they don’t or need tweeking and you have to find the same menus or tickboxes or whatever again. Technology is supposed to be our servant, but all to quickly it becomes our master. For simplicity, Twitter is probably the best of the three, and the constraints of 140 charachters can be helpful, though of course as soon as you’ve got tags and urls or photos or whatever you’re left with so few characters as to be pretty useless. Facebooks has so much more functionality, but is devilishly complicated to configure and control. WordPress is on the whole the best of the three, but these days something of a backwater. Trying to combine the advantages of all threee whilst avoiding their weaknesses has been a struggle I’m not keen to repeat. I’ve got something working after a fashion, I’ve now to learn how to make best use of it. This has been authored in WP, but will appear in Twitter and Facebook. Now, back to work on Sgarasta Mhor: ordering materials and processing invoices.
Jonathan: ‘Social Skills’ used to be about humans communicating ; now its getting facebook, twitter, google+ etc to talk to eachother! Either way I still find it a struggle!
Jonathan: 2013 blogs, before today’s: just two posts in January, and then two more in July – that’s it. The latter part of 2012 wasn’t much better. It wasn’t that there wasn’t time to blog; or rather it wasn’t just that there wasn’t time! Nor that there seemed nothing good to report : quite the reverse – seen in retrospect. True, it wasn’t easy to find time for anything other than slog away at whatever task could least be put off. It’s been a long time since I’ve had leisure enough for anything more than to scan a magazine or snatch a few pages of a novel I started so many months ago I can’t remember when. Blogging. – or at least my kind of blog – is by and large reflective in nature, and though I strive to write with as much immediacy and freshness as possible, my blogs have nothing in common with the supposedly raw, live prattle of social media. (That’s not an apology, by the way.) Without time, space and – above all – freedom from (or at least a suspension of) anxiety, my blogs just don’t get written, and the many threads of thought that could be followed wherever they might lead remain but flotsam and jetsam of thought – carried away on the stream of consciousness. But today – with blogs not just drafted, but published immediately – that’s changed. Or rather, a change that has been in the making for several months, perhaps longer, has now been realized. Workload has eased, yes: many major projects are – if not complete – at least as far advanced as allows an easing off the throttle. But it’s not just a question of facts, but of perception. At last we see not only that the end of the tunnel is in sight, but that we begin to make out the character and detail of the country that lies ahead. The time when we can stop and take time out (by which I mean nothing more than a day off – without work at all other than feeding the livestock) is still some way off, but in the meantime, finding ourselves making good progress after all, we can afford to take things easier, and at least make the most of each moment – whether in work or ease.