Born Yesterday

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Today is when I’m making the time to catch up on some serious reading.

Before I started Needlepoint Land, I knew there was a lot going on with the underlying technology of blogging,  but was not really sure if it would agree with me.

Much of it did.

For example, I was happy that WP automatically protected me from spam.  After all, there’s only so many invitations to watch unspeakable unmentionables that a lady can stomach.

But I was uncertain about how I would feel about being virtually followed around by a small army of mute strangers, which is what I heard happened if you blogged.

You see, my usual interaction with a comp was limited to email, playing Farmville, and snapfishing dozens of mind-numbingly similar pictures of my dog, cat, and the baby gator that hangs out around the back porch.

I was, in effect, digitally born yesterday.  It was disheartening.

Then I actually started blogging.

By chance, I came across a review in the NY Times of a book that seemed to address all my paranoid internet fears about the creepy They’re Always Watching You marketing crowd.

Normally, I only read escapist fiction.  I won’t mention titles.  It’s too embarrassing

But I sometimes do spring for academic books, on really rare occasions, mainly because I have a sleeping problem.  I have always found them to be charmingly soporofic, each in their own deadly dull sort of way.  Usually I end up immediately donating them to the local library.  As I said, I normally stick to escapist fluff.

Perhaps I’ll keep the title of this intimidating book to myself for now, but it wasn’t WordPress for Dummies.  I bought that already.  I quickly learned that that was the wrong book for me to get, because of the difference between WP.org and WP.com.  I had no idea.  And now I was out the 30 bucks for nothing.  Plus I spent an extra 5 dollars at Wal-Mart for the dark blue sheet that I was going to use as background for my needlepoint pics.  It’s also useless.  So now I’m out 35 dollars total.

I’ll let you know in a day or two what I think of this new book.

Meanwhile, to point out the obvious, there is no advertising on this blog (unless WP chooses Needlepoint Land to help pay their bills), and I don’t put Flash Gordon cookies or anything else on your computer to track anything whatsoever (again, I can’t answer for WP).

As some UK viewers of this site might say, refreshing, that, innit?

© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.

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About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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