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Some Days Are About Technology Not Writing + Some Fixes

writing distractionI’m horribly distracted today.

I’m waiting to hear about a job – fingers crossed.

I’ve been working with Lori to make the audio file from our webinar user friendly – that solution took an hour phone call and about the same in fiddling with converting a .wav file to an .mp3. After a search I found Switch Audio File Converter on Download.com.

A conversation with Ralph Chaney about videos helped me also understand that I needed to reduce somewhat the quality of the mp3 in order to make it a good size for downloading and hearing.

The other part of the conversation with Ralph concerned my video class called Getting Your Book Written With Vision & Spirit. I did a trail run on the class awhile back and folks had trouble downloading – the solution is probably to make them private on YouTube or, perhaps even better, use Amazon Simple Storage.

Amazon S3 as it’s known, is a bit techie and I need to spend some time reading and experimenting.

Sigh, so I’m distracted.


It happens to freelance writers and other freelancers – heck, it happened when I had a regular job too – but usually I had to pretend I was working on whatever.

Today I’ve decided to work through the tech stuff today. Maybe I can get it all out of my hair for awhile.

Oh wait, there’s the upgrade to Simple:Press – the free software behind the 5 Buck Forum. It’s one of those major upgrades that requires backing up, re-installing, and hoping we don’t lose anything… plus… oh I could go on, but I won’t get it all done today. I don’t have the head to do it all.

Why don’t I hire someone to do this sort of thing? It’s on the list, believe me.

Actually, I enjoy being distracted from the writing from time-to-time. It’s not quite the same as taking a day off, but when I get back to writing later today or tomorrow, I will be tickled with all that I got done.

What distracts you from your writing?

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  • Thanks a lot for sharing a very nice information, please keep it up!

  • Gah! Tech issues are the worst. It’s nice when plug-ins or blog updates go well, however. I haven’t had the pleasure of using video yet, but I’m not averse to it. We’ll see how that goes at some point.
    Elizabeth West recently posted..Gran Torino: Hollywood Gets it RightMy Profile

    • I’ve got my tech back! Which helps. He’s increased his prices, but he’s more than worth it imo.

  • Slacking off. The internet, video games, napping, reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I appreciate all the work put into the audio file – much appreciated!
    Ellen recently posted..Fell swoopMy Profile

  • Anne, you’re making me exhausted with all of those techie distractions! What was that again? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Clara Freeman recently posted..How to Be an Authentic Leader- By Christine KloserMy Profile

    • Sorry about that Clara… exhausts me too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Life. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Carrie Schmeck recently posted..Hobo Marketing: Six things panhandlers get very right.My Profile

  • My distraction yesterday was a major blowout with my son. Everything went on hold while I handled a major crisis situation that left us all frazzled and exhausted. It has spilled over into today, but hopefully things will be back on track soon. Sometimes you just have to deal with the curveballs life sends you.
    Amelia Ramstead recently posted..Why You Should Switch to a Credit Union. Now.My Profile

    • Ah yes, Amelia. My kids are grown, but I do remember those… worse, way worse than tech. Life does seem to have its share of curve balls, even roadblocks.

  • Hi Anne: Hope that job comes through *crossed fingers * toes*

    Technology is always a distraction. While I generally enjoy it, that’s only when it is on my terms – and why does that never seem to be the case? It rears its ugly head when you need it least.

    It’s one distraction that you usually cannot ignore or manage like you want. If you are spending too much time on social media or other distractions, you have control over that. Now, if we could just figure out a way to put technology problems on hold until we have time to deal with them…sigh…

    • Looks like the gig is mine. Thanks for your good wishes, Cathy.

      And yeah, some tech simply can’t be ignored. Well said.

  • Mama said there’d be days like this…..
    Charlotte Rains Dixon recently posted..What Does a Writing Coach Do, Anyway?My Profile

    • Ain’t that the truth, and Mama was right ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I hear you about the tech issues Anne. I had to deal with problems on several of my blogs after I “updated” a plugin that had been working just fine.

    Sometimes it’s best NOT to update. Have you thought about just skipping the update to Simple:Press?
    John Soares recently posted..Is a College Education Necessary to Be a Successful Freelance Writer?My Profile

    • John, I have thought about skipping it… Lori and I are still debating… some of the new features of the upgrade seem like it might be worth it… but not today.

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