I am intimidated by technology and the internet. When Alec and others are discussing Twitter, Scype, Delicious, and other sites, I have to admit, I am clueless and lost. I do have a Twitter account, but I have to confess, I really don't understand what it is or why I have it. I am trying to overcome my fears and explore, but there are really two barriers for me.
The first barrier is self-consciousness. I am a confident person and I do not have trouble socializing or exploring my world. When put on-line, however, I am nervous and embarrassed at my ignorance. I feel like others will ridicule me and that I really have nothing to add to any technology-related conversation. There are times during class when I am tempted to take the mic and voice my opinion, but am paralyzed by self-consciousness. I know I have to get over these barriers, but I am finding it difficult. I believe there are others like me in the class who are feeling the same way, but I hope we can all get over it together.
The second barrier is time. Learning all of this new information and overcoming my feelings of inferiority require that I spend hours experimenting online. Being a relative rookie administrator and a father of a toddler and a newborn are demanding roles and are dominating my life at present. I have not, to this point, devoted the time necessary to really acclimate myself to these technologies. I need to find time to really attack this and stop procrastinating.