This is really embarrassing, but today I'm going to admit that I am a total dufus or idiot or whatever!
When I first started blogging, I worked very hard visiting other people's blogs and doing what I could to acquire followers, short of paying people money. I networked my blog on facebook, which I thought was a major accomplishment, since I've been a techno-idiot for most of my life.
I do not exaggerate my lack of technical ability and computer knowledge; I once spent two hours on the phone with someone from the help desk of Humana, the company which employed me, only to have the person on the other end of the line ask in desperation, "Is there a kid in the house I could talk to?" How bad is that? When someone trying to assist you with a computer problem, throws up his hands in frustration and asks to speak to a child, convinced that the kid would be smarter than I? (And had there been a kid in the house, he undoubtedly would have understood the computer gobbledy-gook the computer geek/brain was talking about, unlike me!
I joined SITS (The Secret's in the Sauce/Support), Over 40 Bloggers, the New England Bloggers, and various other groups. Then I received and invitation to join "LinkedIn." As I was joining everything else, I thought, why not?
Here's where the dufus part comes in: I read the name of the group as Lin ke din. I had no clue that it was really Linked In. Not convinced I'm a dufus yet? I joined and then forgot my password. So I've never been back. By then I realized the true name of the group and that it's purpose was to help professionals network. It seemed to me a bit of a waste of my time, and certainly a waste of other people's time to think they could network through me!
I have no business contacts anymore. I'm pretty sure the company for which I last worked gently shoved me into retirement a couple of months early because I was too mouthy on a conference call and spoke my mind when the leader of the call encouraged participants to open up about any dissatisfaction they had. I, the dufus, had no idea it was meant as a rhetorical question and they weren't expecting anyone to answer. (Oh, well!)
So to all of you out there who have asked to be "Linked" to me on LinkedIn: Sorry, I haven't accepted your requests because in order to accept your request, I would have to log back in and I can't without my password, and I don't care enough to bother to pursue it any further. Lin Ked In sounded like a fun, quirky group to join; Linked In--not so much. So please don't take the rejection personally; just regard it as a thoughtless act on the part of a total dufus!
I felt a need to share this so any other dufus types out there wouldn't feel so bad. How about you? Have you ever had a dufus moment? Here's the place to grin and bare it!
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