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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My "Dufus"ity Exposed!

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!

Oh, and if you haven't signed up for my giveaway yet, click here!

EVA

23 comments:

Brian Miller said...

haha i remember the password but i hardly ever go there...have yet to feel networked with it...

runawaybride said...

I made a hacker-proof password for my yahoo account and conveniently forgot what it was... The a security answers were also more hacker-proof!!

River said...

"...doing what I could to attract followers."
Well, you certainly did something right!

I don't think you're a dufus at all! You've created and maintained a blog.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

This is relate-able and amusing. Lin Ked In sounds like it should come with a fortune cookie.

Jen said...

always forget my password....had to write them in a book...hey, [planner]!!??

Gail said...

I have dufus moments every day. My most recent was forgetting how and where I created my collage.

I have no fancy photo programs so I can't pretty up my pictures except to crop. Paid big money for one and then never learned how to use it. It died with my last computer.

Dufus only means we're human...the fact that we keep on going, makes us great.

I so want to make dufus an acronym but I will restrain myself.

glnroz said...

password? heck that's easy just use your name, like i do.. that's really a joke but passwords are fleeting.

Joan said...

Back in the 90's when I learned of a search engine called "Ask Jeeves" (now 'Ask.com') I was convinced that once you posed your question, a bunch of researchers were patiently waiting at their computers just to answer you. For real.

Mrs. H said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Eva on my SITS day! I still remember your post about the words that come up when people leave comments. Ever since that post I've been looking at all the different words. lol!

Eva Gallant said...

Joan: Now I feel a little better!

Glenn: That they are!

Jen: You're in the drawing for the planner. Maybe you'll get lucky!

tsonodablog said...

LMFAO. I couldn't agree more!!!

Kristina P. said...

I don't even know what Linked In is!

AgingGal said...

This is hilarious! Though I'm a bit younger, I, too, am a techno-dufus. And I don't care about all the connecting really, though I do love you, Ms. Eva. Which leads me to a question/favor... would you be interested in trading guest posts? I read in all these "how to get new readers to your blog" sites that this is what we're supposed to do. E-mail me and let me know...

Kelley said...

So funny! I have received many requests for LinkedIn but haven't accepted any. I never set up my account. That part about the guy asking to speak to a kid really made me laugh!

ipenka said...

Forgetting the password definitely happens to me too.

The main thing I'm worried about is, what if I can't remember the "security question" that will resend me the password?

Always enjoy your blog so definitely doing something right there!

Sue said...

I keep getting requests to link up with people from Linked In, too. And I can go you one better on dufus-ity.

I don't even remember joining! Let alone my password.

;)

Nancy Thompson said...

Ha! I'm a techno-doof, too. It took me at least 6 tries to get my blog listed with NetworkedBlogs on Facebook and I only accomplished that using a tutorial. And I had a hard time getting my blog to look the way I want, not that it does, but at least it's getting closer. Again, I use tutorials since I'm an idiot. But those stupid widgets and gadgets are getting easier to master. As far as LinkedIn goes, just sign-in with your email and press the "forgot my password" link. They'll email it back to you. LinkedIn is a good resource, but in all honesty, I rarely use it anymore. Blogger is much better for connecting with like-minded people.

Sela Toki said...

If you're a dufus then I'm a tweet head. Like you, I am totally centuries behind with technology. I have a tweeter account that I can't even get into anymore. Not only have I forgotten my psw but I keep following my own tweet acct. LoL.
Great post.

She Writes said...

Oh my gosh, I set up a blog and forgot how to get in the very first time I ever made a blog :).

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: Thanks for your support! lol

ipenka: I'm glad I'm not alone, forgetting passwords.

Sela: Don't even get me started on Twitter! I hate that, too! lol

SheWrites: It's so comforting to know that others get confused, too!

Al Penwasser said...

You're not alone.
Sunday morning on our way home from church, my wife pointed out the clock and said, "My goodness, it's almost 1:00!"
Whereupon I launched into a probably (no, DEFINITELY) blasphemous blast about how long we spent in church, I had a lot to do that afternoon, I missed lunch, blah, blah, blah, whine, whine, whine.
Then, Mrs. Penwasser looked at me like I was crazy and said, "We never put the clock back an hour, you dope. Did you really think we spent two hours in church?"
Red-faced, I attempted to recover my pride. However, I probably shouldn't have said, "Well, it felt like it."
Not the Christian thing to say, I suppose.

Deb said...

Good Lord we are sisters. I thought it was "LineDink", so I never joined thinking I was not of the qualifying gender. It wasn't until just a few months ago I realized it was Linked In.

Is there a support group for us, Eva?

Eva Gallant said...

Deb: I love you for that! I'm so glad you 'fessed up and joined me! If there isn't a support group, we need to start one! lol