Tools for Techie-Misfits
This may be hard to believe, but when I started A Spicy Perspective a couple years ago, I knew very little about the online world, or technology in general.
I would surf the web to research, do a little shopping, or find recipes, but had no idea there were hundreds of thousands of people out there blogging about food, family, sports, etc.
When I stumbled upon the “blogging community” as we lovingly call it, I was completely shocked. Not only that, I had an uphill battle learning how to do everything that goes along with blogging.
I didn’t know how to take pictures or work a sophisticated camera. See example A…
Great recipe, gross photo.
I didn’t know how to edit photos.
I didn’t know how to work my smarter-than-me phone.
I didn’t know how to work the back-end of a website.
I didn’t know how to get involved in social media.
I didn’t know ANYTHING about apps, widgets, or plugins.
Heck, I couldn’t even download fonts.
To summarize, I knew nothing.
In fact the only thing I didn’t have to learn, was How to Cook. …and how to teach other people to do it as well.
Thankfully, friends came to my rescue. People who knew all about technology were willing to help out this pitiful techie-misfit. So today I want to share the love, and some random things I now know how to use, that you might find useful.
If you are a technological wizard, please disregard this post. This isn’t a list of the latest cult-followed web applications.
These are FUN user-friendly tools for we who snarl at things with microchips and chargers.
Top Techie Picks for the Technologically Challenged
Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is essentially Photoshop for
dummies the technologically challenged. It offers the incredible photo editing capabilities of Photoshop, without having to take a class to learn how to use it. Within an hour of downloading this program, you’ll be adjusting exposure, vibrance, and cropping away with ease. Plus it won’t break the bank. Lightroom is much less expensive than full-scale Photoshop, and Adobe offers sharp discounts if you are a student or have a student in your home. Call to ask about student discounts, they are not generally listed on the Adobe site.
Instagram. Instagram is a free phone (and tablet) app that allows you to take pictures, quickly edit them, and share them around like mad! Your latest picture goes to your Instagram feed and shows up for friends and family that follow you. Within Instagram, you can choose to send your photo to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Foursquare, Email… or ALL of them at once if you are so inclined. It makes sharing images through social media a breeze.
You can download additional apps like Webstagram, an online Instagram viewing program, that allows you to shoot your photos onto Google+ and Pinterest as well. As if that weren’t enough, there are all sorts of editing apps to make Instagram collages, frames, labels, and graphics. It’s pretty fun to play with!
Pinterest. Back in the day, if you liked an idea you saw in a magazine, you might tear out the page and keep it in a folder for later reference. I used to do this for house projects and recipes I wanted to try.
With Pinterest, you do the same thing online, “pinning” your favorite photos, recipes and concepts onto boards you create for easy reference. When you go back to look at the pin, it will link straight back to the website where you found it. Genius.
You can also follow your friends and gain followers to share your pins. You can create group boards, so you and your friends can share pins in the same place. This works particularly well when trying to plan an event with a group of people. Place your recipes, party favors, and game ideas on a group board, for all to see and make comments.
Google+. Google+ is Google’s answer to Facebook, Skype, Pinterest, and frankly anyone else that has a handy web concept. Take that, suckers!!
On Google+ you can pretty much do it all. You can share videos, photos, and links to everyone on Google+, or select people you add to a “circle.” You can set up online events and email them to your contacts. You can even set up “hangouts” which are live video chats (like Skype) with up to eight people in the same chat. These hangouts can be recorded and posted on Youtube, so you can refer back to them, or share them. Google+ also immediately indexes the links you add, making your website, and other websites easier to find online.
If you’ve struggled to use Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site, Google+ is by far the most user friendly.
What is your favorite App or Program?