Let’s Talk with Lois Winston

Dealing with Change
By Lois Winston

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The only constant in life is change.” We humans are creatures of habit. Most of us don’t like change. Personally, I don’t mind change—as long as I institute it. After all, being stuck in a same-old/same-old rut can be boring. But I really balk at change when it’s thrust upon me against my will. That’s happened quite a bit over the last year, making me a not-so-happy camper. (Then again, I’ve always hated camping—another story for another blog post.)

However, sometimes even when we’re forced to accept change, we wind up not only liking it but being pleasantly surprised by the results. Such was the latest change I’ve had to tackle.

I won’t bore you with the nitty-gritty technical minutia. Suffice to say, it involved obsolete software that won’t work if I upgraded the OS on my computer or had to purchase a new computer. Bottom line—if I didn’t redesign my website using a different software program, at some point I would no longer be able to make changes to my existing website.

A techie I’m not, but I do have a degree in graphic design and illustration from back in the pre-computer Stone Age. I had definite ideas about how I wanted my new website to look. I also didn’t want to pay someone to design something I probably wouldn’t be happy with, and I certainly didn’t want to have to pay someone every time I needed to update the site.

My old website was designed nearly fifteen years ago by one of my sons—the one who is a techie and happens to work in post-production for TV and films. (Mama Brag: He was nominated for an Emmy a few years ago.) Once all the complicated stuff was done, he showed me how to make updates, and that was that. Until about two years ago when I discovered if I updated the OS on my computer, I’d lose access to my website software. Even so, I kept putting off the inevitable. There was always something higher on my list of priorities because learning new software is always at the bottom of my list of priorities.

Techie son recently left his job in Manhattan and moved to Nashville where he’s opening his own post-production studio. In the years since he first designed my website, there are now many website design programs that are much more user-friendly, employing drop-and-drag features rather than having to know HTML (which might as well be Greek for as much sense as it makes to me) Techie son used one of these programs to design a website for his new business, then urged me to make the switch before it was too late.

So I bit the proverbial bullet. The process wasn’t nearly as painful as I expected, and in less than a week I had a newly designed website up and running. I guess you can teach some old dogs new tricks.

If you’d like to see the results, click on over to www.loiswinston.com. While you’re there, you can get a sneak peek at the cover, blurb, and an excerpt for Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide, the newest Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery which is now available for pre-order.

How do you deal with change? Do you accept it gracefully or with a good deal of kicking and screaming?

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