June 5, 2006

WordPress and Weedeaters

In the words of a famous Canadian, “If the women don’t find you handsome, at least let them find you handy.” Unfortunately for me neither of these are particularly true; espescially the latter.
weedeaterSo it was with great pride I worked for over an hour Saturday morning fixing my weedeater. Okay, not exactly at the same level as rewiring your house but for me it was an accomplishment.

As I worked away at this a thought struck me. A few years ago, I would have given up after 10 minutes of struggle. Why was I willing to persist and experience failure after failure now? The answer in part is WordPress but it really is my overall experience into technology. I worked for hours on the weekend trying to resolve an issue I am having with my PodPress plugin and Audacity. Didn’t fix it but was persistent. Today I worked for several hours on my WordPress site with some help from technical support and forums. This issue I resolved.

I think the lessons in problem solving I’ve experiences over the past few years have a definite transfer to other areas. I knew that stupid weedeater had to work. I needed to isolate the problem and continue with trial and error. Pretty basic stuff but those problem solving skills are critical. I get less frustrated because I understand patience is part of the process. I’ve also had enough success to keep me interested.
I don’t usually get this philosophical when trimming my lawn but it was so unlike me to fiddle with things like this. I’m attributing it to my time spent on my laptop.

“Honey, cancel the repairman. I’ll fix the dishwasher myself!”