If I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know
I know, I know, I said I didn’t want to write someone else’s story. But a few weeks ago, I realized that it had been a while since I had done any real writing, and I was feeling the lack. I was writing here, about my journey, but for me, that’s not the same. I like telling stories.
For weeks, I had been focused on going through the AMMO lessons, and mired in the technical details of getting all the components in place, and personalized for my specific sales campaign. Then, an issue came up with my website. I was hosting it through a friend – free hosting! Wouldn’t you? But now, things were happening that didn’t seem to make sense. Not being terribly tech-savvy didn’t help.
Years ago, I was a lot more on top of technology. I subscribed to MacUser and Macworld magazines, and I loved following all the new stuff that was coming out. I was doing a lot more graphics work then, and that’s largely what my tech interests centered around.
Since then, I’ve been doing a lot less graphics work (see my blog post from 11.22.20 – “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”), even at home on a personal level. I can’t afford a Mac at the moment, nor do I really need one. I mainly write, and I do that on my HP laptop, while computer technology proceeded to pass me by. I’ve learned to do the things that I need to do on a regular to semi-regular basis, and in the meantime, the workings of computers have become (to me) much more mysterious and esoteric.
So, as I was applying the step-by-step instructions in the AMMO program, some weird things started happening that the lessons hadn’t prepared me for. For instance, my email program stopped working, and I had to use the host’s webmail page, which I didn’t like as much. Besides that, I was needing details and access to the inner workings of the site that I didn’t have, and getting them from the friend was a slow process.
Plus, I think I was starting to piss her off.
Finally, she recommended that I create my own account with the hosting company, so that I could have immediate access to do whatever I needed to do, and they could help me solve the issues related to what I was trying to accomplish. It’s fairly inexpensive, so it’s not a big deal. It’s just one more expense added on to the pile of money I’ve been throwing out recently.
Speaking of money going out, I also had to get a Post Office box. All of the emails in the AMMO campaigns were putting my address in them. Well, I have a little awareness of how crazy some people are, and I didn’t want to hand out my street address to just anyone.
Turns out I couldn’t remove it. I’m a business now, and thanks to the CAN-SPAM act, a business has to have a physical location that can be reached by the general public. So I had to apply for and rent a PO Box.
Anyway, while all that was going on, I had to stop the lessons. I needed to get my website and my email and my PO Box in order before I could proceed with the rest of the AMMO program. It might be your experience that things don’t always go smoothly. (Or is that just me?) So that stretched out for over a week.
During that time, a combination of personal needs and outside circumstances were conspiring against me.