Autodidact suffering info overload: Help!

Have you ever been told to “figure it out yourself”?  Apparently I was told that often enough to take it totally to heart.  With some things, it might be a pretty good idea, or not.  I believe some basics need to be grasped, in almost any area you can name, to do an adequate job of it.  There are lots of ways to get the basics: school, observation, books.  Then, figure it out yourself has to become hands on if you are going to develop skills.

Learning to cook and bake was like that for me.  I grew up watching my mother cook and bake from scratch on a regular basis.  I have been known to read cookbooks like they were novels. And I took a Home Ec class in highschool.  I don’t cook or bake like my mother did.  Not even bread.   First time I tried to use her recipe, wow, was I disappointed.  It was one of the main reasons I started reading cookbooks.  My skills evolved over time, with lots of experiments, disasters and some surprise successes.  I learn new things all the time and feel very competent in the kitchen.

The information overload is actually of my own making!  Oh and has nothing to do with cooking or baking.  It has to do with computers.  Holy Cow!  Since I recommitted to the Postaday I have been like a kid, already amped with sugar, running wild in a candy store.  For instance, I’ve been tinkering with this blog site.  Can’t quite figure out how to get that badge to post on my page.  There is some totally obvious step I keep missing, I just know it.  When it is pointed out to me and I finally “see” it I’m going to slap myself in the forehead and say: ” how the hell did I keep missing that?”

And I got curious about video blogging and spent the better part of a day fooling around with programs, downloading and installing cool stuff, trying to upload my experiments and finding out (just where in god’s name) the files are stored on my computer.  Back burnered for now.  Priorities, don’t you know.  I found out I could do it and was willing to let it be.   For now.

Twitter…tweet…retweet….HUH?!  That’s a whole little world; all by itself!  And more valuable than I first thought.  Most of what I had seen was just plain ridiculous, I didn’t look very closely.  When I did…here it comes again..Holy Cow!  The first reference to a legitimate use of twitter was a suggestion from an article on WordPress.  I’m tempted to say in the Support section…not certain.  The second reference to a legitimate use for twitter came from The Wall St.Journal.  Say WHAT???

And here’s how I know I really need help.  If the information I have gathered recently were physical papers or magazines, I would be buried under such a massive pile I’d need a rescue team to dig out.  And it’s all chaos.  See, it’s exciting, following story to story, article to article.  On a good day I can even get back to my original inquiry.  There have been a couple of bad days.

I guess i have to admit it, I have gotten intellectually lazy in the last say, twenty years.  I used to be pretty good at bibliographies and footnotes.  In college they were imperative.  In private journals they are not needed at all.  Twice in one blog I’ve wanted to cite sources (yes, this one) and am woefully unprepared to do so.  Crap!  Re education is almost as trying as ordinary education.  Maybe more so, all those bad habits to lose.  I also used to be a whiz at organizing.  Until I started relying on the alternate wad method.  That’s only good ’til the stack falls over.  I tried organized chaos for a while, until chaos dominated.  The computer is kind of codependent thing: it looks all nice and neat and everything.  But you’re screwed if you haven’t set priorities….somewhere.  You can eventually find what you’re looking for; if you are patient and resourceful and have a good memory…or, thought to make a note of a file name.  I haven’t quite surrendered to the idea of starting over.  Do you suppose it’s time?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Crystal Mccomber
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 18:15:15

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

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    • noreenheath333
      Nov 02, 2011 @ 07:37:52

      However you got here, welcome! I’m delighted you dropped by and would encourage you to do so again, as the spirit moves. Thank you so much for your comments. I don’t know about famous, just know I’m having a ton of fun. When readers enjoy it’s icing on the cake. Thank you!

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