Friday, October 7, 2011
The age of technology
Now I can still remember sitting in my 9th grade computer class, it was the first one ever offered in my high school. We had just gotten a Commadore 64 at home, so I was the only one in the class who even knew what a C prompt was. Now - 28 years later - it seems that my life, and many other peoples also, revolves around the computer, the internet and the social networking sites.
Many of you, I'm sure, can remember the bag phones that we had what like 18 years ago!! Those huge things we used to carry around with us and had to plug into a car cigarette lighter to use it. Do you also remember the first hand held cell phone that you had? I do, it was from Sprint, one of their first PCS phones. I thought it was so cool to clip it right to my belt and have it with me all the time. Dropped calls were no big deal, it just happened.
So after years of traditional cell phones, and moving on to Nextel direct connect phones and then on to smart phones. I am trying to figure out how I did it all back then. Of course, back then e-mail was something that you probably only did on AOL, or Yahoo. And we didn't text, we IM'd.
So as I have spent the last week on vacation, from my job that pays the bills, I think about all I have accomplished. Let's look at that, shall we....
First and the most important thing to know is that my computer has been on - constantly! I have found myself sitting in front of it - or responding to things sent to my Droid for between 10-15 hours a day.
So during these last 7 days, I have personally Tweeted (alot)! Spent quite a few hours updating my status on Facebook. Put friends into circles on Google +, Joined a Tribe and created another Tribe on Triberr, posted reviews on Goodreads. Then I Blogged... and blogged... and read lots of blogs... all while tweeting it, because everyone needs to know what I am blogging about and what blogs I am reading! You all care right?
I won't even begin to talk about the amount of time, Excel and Word were being used on my computer for spreadsheets and updating WIP's!
I have also shipped out books that were purchased on my own website, and watched my sales rise and fall on my Amazon bookshelf. Did you hear, My Blood Runs Blue hit #64 on the Kindle charts for Vampire Romance? It did, and then it fell back off, but it was there, someone saw it!
So....I will continue to follow, to blog, to post status updates, and to tweet about sitting around bonfires in circles until something new comes around... and then... You'll find me there too!