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On being a technical luddite

Are you a fan of tech?

2016-03-18 08.51.18I’m the first to admit that I’m really not a fan of tech. In fact, I would go so far as to say I’m a technical luddite. Take this website – I sought help to move my site to WordPress about a year and a half ago now, and it’s been a great move. I’m able to write blog posts as and when I want to and in theory I can make changes to the site and add or delete plugins to my heart’s content.

But what if I break it?

Ah, there’s the rub. Writing a blog post, well, that’s one thing. When it comes to messing around with plugins and the like, however, I’ll let you know right now that I’m a little terrified that if I make a change like that, it will send the website into meltdown and I’ll never get it back the way I want it.

Technical luddite alert!

Case in point – I popped into the back end of my site the other week and was notified that I had to update several plugins to the latest version. Boom, up came an error message that may as well have been in Chinese for all I understood it.

I headed over to Google to seek a solution, only to find a bunch of clearly technically minded people explaining how to add lines of code into directories and wherever, but only to do it in this particular place and definitely not to do it in that other place, otherwise you would be doomed to remain in website hell until the end of time.

You might now understand the expression on my face in this picture – anxiety reigned!

Luckily I have reached a stage in my business where I’m more than happy to offload this particular problem onto someone else. It makes sense that you spend the majority of time in your business doing what makes you money, not what makes you tear your hair out and send you running for the hills. I was able to turn to the very lovely and helpful Tracy Swindale at supersecretary.co.uk (WordPress and tech expert extraordinaire), and she helped me out and got everything back up and running again. Phew.

Technical stuff is not in my zone of genius, but turning your spoken words into lovely written ones by means of intelligent transcription is!

My point is, you really don’t have to be good at absolutely everything to do with your business, that’s why other businesses also exist. You can outsource your website, your tech support, your admin, your bookkeeping, not to mention your transcription, editing and proofreading! 🙂

I’m not remotely ashamed of the fact I’m a technical luddite, and I really don’t mind that I have to outsource that part of my business. If I choose to look into further techie things in my business (and goodness only knows what these might be), then I will probably outsource them too, but I take comfort in the knowledge that there is someone out there who can help take away the techie headache.

What things do you outsource or would you like to outsource? I’d love to know, so either comment below or come and say hi on my Facebook page.

 

 

Comments

  1. hehe! loved this, Catherine: “doomed to remain in website hell until the end of time” – I remember those WordPress days well.

    As an ex-VA (back from 2007-days), I’d love to eventually outsource a lot of my routine tasks such as general administration, checking mailing lists are up-to-date, scheduling some of my social media stuff … things I’m very happy to continue to do are the creation of graphics and event management. Bizarrely I also get an immense sense of satisfaction from doing my accounts which I find difficult as I have dyscalculia.

    Thank you for reminding us that we don’t have to do everything – or be able to do it all – as solopreneurs!

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