Back to school.
It was a great summer for the Tykes, but it went by so fast. When they weren’t camping, travelling or swimming, they were reading and having fun with games and lessons about money and finance. When I look back to where we were at the beginning of the summer and where we were now, I am pleased with our progress.
Now, at the end of September, the kids are enrolled in various after school activities occupying 5 nights a week and Ty has hockey games on Saturdays too. Money lessons will now be on a catch-as-you-can, sometimes only one kid, basis in the morning or after school before evening activities.
Mama had spent time asking the kids to help her sort and read the bills and receipts, showing them how she records the family spending. She also spent some time reviewing the vacation spending with each Tyke. I worked with them on a game to create passwords. My first attempt was an epic fail. I will have to revise it. I worked at introducing the first set of money idioms and designed an accompanying quiz for them. This exercise in money idioms also serves the purpose of making them more aware of all kinds of idioms in our language. I will work on another set next month too.
On The Technical End
OK, I have to admit it. After 4 months I am becoming addicted to WordPress. Well, not really the program WordPress but that feeling I get when I conquer another miniscule programing task like connecting the blog to the new TycoonTykes Facebook Page and our new TycoonTykes Twitter account. Each milestone accomplishment is like a mini flood of joy-joy.
After days of trial-and-error testing various settings in the program I began to feel like the pigeons in B.F. Skinner’s behavioural experiments in the 1940s. I continually repeated various behavior patterns in the hope of eventually getting a reward. Like the birds, I repeated my steps over and over hoping I might soon get lucky. At least once in awhile the pigeons received food, but they had no proof it was due to their behaviour.
To me, it seemed the steps to connect the blog to Twitter was fairly simple, that is after I spent the required time opening a new Twitter account. Unfortunately the Facebook setup was not so straightforward. After creating a TycoonTykes Facebook page, I attempted to link it to my blog. No success. I then went back and forth between the settings in WordPress and Facebook to try to determine what went wrong. I continued testing various setting for many days without success.
Out of frustration, I finally gave up in the middle of one of my tests. Maybe there was an invisible delay no one bothered to tell me about, when I checked on it 24 hours after my final attempt, as if by magic, or maybe because I had suffered enough, the connecting button appeared where I had read it should have been all along. Many frustrating hours wasted…
It was probably this instance, and others like it that cemented my decision to travel to Toronto for my first WordPress conference, to learn some of the secrets about WordPress. One great thing about the WordCamp, it made me realize I am not alone in my frustrations. I met many new users who are as confused as me and I realize that even the seasoned ‘professionals’ are self-taught and went through a similar learning curve.