5 Easy Ways To Boost Your Tech Savviness

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Not that long ago, I was contemplating starting my blog.  I was dutifully writing my business plan and taking an in-depth course to make certain it would be a viable business.  Yep, I am organized and disciplined like that.  However, there was this 800-pound gorilla in the room I was ignoring; building and maintaining my website.  Gulp!  My stomach would tighten every time I thought about it.  I looked forward to it as much as a root canal.  At that point, I would have given my tech savviness a low grade, indeed.

It seems, with each year that passes, I’ve gotten braver about trying new things, but not technology.  I resist it.  For example, I put off opening a Facebook account as long as possible, and I don’t know how to use the camera on my iPhone sufficiently.  If you are like me, you have relied on the tech wizards in your life to save you from digital disaster.  And I’m certain they just loved fixing your problems, right?  Fortunately, I’ve discovered other resources available to reluctant learners and late bloomers.  Here are 5 easy ways to boost your tech savviness:

1. YouTube Videos

YouTube.com is my go-to for computer and website issues because I need visuals to comprehend instructions of a technical nature.  It’s difficult for me to follow a technician’s direction over the phone.  Frankly, it fries my brain.  With YouTube videos, I can pause when necessary and proceed at the pace I want until the task is complete.

With technology, you’re going to want to filter your search on YouTube.  I don’t bother with anything older than one year.  Although, I suppose it could be nostalgic to watch a tutorial about flip phones from 2007, but not relevant.  I also look for a good thumbs up to thumbs down ratio, so I know it’s informative and high quality.  However, most videos don’t have many viewer ratings when they’re new.  Below is an example of an instructional YouTube video on how to start a subscription box business.

 

2. Read All About It

So, you’re saying you don’t need images or video to broaden your skillset or graduate from digital ninja school.  All you require are daily or weekly posts to keep you in the know.  Lucky for you, the web is packed with quality articles from trusted tech blogs, each with a different personality.

  • Women Love Tech blends product and app reviews with industry news and tips about social media.

  • Mashable mixes tech, social media, and entertainment into a bit of a “tech stew” that is quite digestible.

  • Gizmodo is funny and snarky and caters to a youngish audience.

  • TechCrunch profiles startups and up-and-coming companies and reviews products.

  • Girl About Tech offers how-to articles, buying advice, and product reviews.

  • Social Media Examiner brings you the latest news about platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

3. Take A Class or Two

Maybe you’re not intimidated by technology, but your skills are questionable.  Your friends have shown you amazing pictures or movies produced on their devices while you take ho-hum photos that impress no one.  Family members share messages, invitations, and calendar events with ease while you struggle with the same.  Coworkers create presentations quickly, and you find it difficult to compete.  Well, there’s a simple solution to those dilemmas.

CreativeLive is an online streaming education provider that supplies free and low-cost classes on topics like photography and video to website and WordPress.  The sheer number of courses for you to choose from is impressive.  Blog Village offers writers hundreds of video lessons to browse, live chats to participate in, a private Facebook group to join and more.  You can choose from beginner, intermediate, and advanced workshops to suit your needs.

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Several large retailers offer free or inexpensive courses for their smartphones, tablets, cameras, and laptops.  The Apple Store holds classes for all experience levels on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, photography, videography, iCloud, and Keynote presentation software.  Best Buy provides training seminars to help master your digital camera and many Samsung devices.  Verizon offers Wireless Workshops for Android, iPhone, and tablets.

Related Reading: 7 Innovative Sites to Help You Crush it in Business

4. AARP TEK

Most of you who are fifty or older are familiar with AARP and its services.  But, did you know the company has an online education program called AARP Academy that can boost your tech savviness to new heights?  Best of all, the courses provided are free and available to all ages.  Most of the training is targeted to novices and newbies.  However, the number of videos and webinars accessible is impressive.

Not surprisingly, there are the standard classes on social media, tablets, and smartphones.  AARP also offers courses about online safety, including wifi, email, and passwords.  Interestingly, the company also promotes informational webinars on topics like medical apps, wearable health devices, and on-demand access to medical experts.  Pretty thorough, don’t you think?

 

5. Listen Up

Okay, so you’re not into watching videos or reading posts (except mine, of course).  I get it; you’re an auditory learner, also known as a good listener.  Perhaps a few weekly podcasts will pique your interest and raise your tech IQ.  Plus, you can enjoy them in the car which is not recommended for blog readers.  Here is a sampling of a few great shows:

  •  Nerdette is a “safe space for nerds.”  The hosts explore the digital universe through compelling interviews and interesting chats.

  • TedTalks Technology is exactly what you think it is.  Speakers give inspirational and informative talks about research and breakthroughs in tech.  Think of it as an uplifting, educational, and perhaps geeky speech.

  • This Week In Tech is a popular, long-running show with roundtable discussions about trends, the latest products, and new technologies.

  • Rocket is hosted by three clever ladies who focus their energetic conversations on books, movies, games, comics, and a litany of other topics.

So, there you have it; my list of 5 easy ways to boost your tech savviness.  These resources will improve your digital skills in no time at all. You might even be entertained along the way.  Perhaps you have suggestions on how I might take my game to the next level.  I’de love to know.  Please share your ideas in the comment section below.

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102 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve taken a few classes in the past year which are so beneficial for learning something more intensive like SEO strategy or Google Analytics, but there is nothing easier than watching a good youtube tutorial!

    • Hi, Kels. Yeah, I have to agree. A YouTube video is going to be on the top of my list every time. Nothing is easier than that! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Such a thorough and helpful post. I joke all the time I’m a Luddite who works in social media. I’ve been working online since 2001 and still I feel as though I’m playing a game of catch up!!

    • Hey, Carla. Thanks for complimenting my post. I appreciate it more than you know. I think the internet is always going to be a tough to keep up with. There is so much to learn. I could and should take a few courses every month.

    • Howdy, MishyV. I too have a thirst for knowledge, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the constant changes in technology. Thanks for your comments.

  3. I have had to learn “new fangled technology” this past year. Wow, things sure changed while I was in my 30 year work bubble. And while I have taken classes, online courses & watched Youtube videos, your list is organized and comprehensive so I’ll be taking a good look at some of these links. Thanks!

    • Thank you very much, Marian. I hope you find a few of these links helpful. I was quite impressed by some of the offerings from the retailers and from AARP.

    • Hi, Katie. I like makeup tutorials too. It can’t all be about work and technology, right? You have to have a little fun in life sometimes. Thank you for sharing.

    • Aw, thanks, Laura. I’m pleased to know it helps you. I’m trying to learn a few new tech skills every month. Baby steps for sure.

    • Greetings, Shelley. Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you found the post useful. Let me know what you think of the links when you get a chance.

    • Hi, Jennifer. I’m so happy to know you like the suggestions. YouTube is far and away my favorite resource on this list. It’s so easy to use. Thanks for contributing to the conversation. I appreciate that!

  4. Love these resources and sound tip to become tech savvy. Completely agree with you that we can embrace tech irrespective of age or background. Never heard of AARP TEK – that’s an awesome resource for newbies to tech!

    • Hi, Vaishnavi. Thank you for your input. I was quite surprised by the number of online classes and webinars offered by AARP TEK. I’m not 50 yet, but I might have to try out a few.

    • Well, thanks for the kind words. I’m always grateful for readers and commenters. I hope you check out several of the post links. If you do, let us know what you thought of the classes.

    • Hello, Ellie. YouTube is just plain awesome! I use it to solve (or attempt to solve) all my computer and website problems. However, I never thought about using it to learn a foreign language. Thanks for sharing that idea!

    • Hi, Beth. I am glad you love it. That gives me the warm fuzzies! Let us know what you think of the classes, if you ever check one out.

  5. Yes girl yes, I love me some YouTube! At times I really get stuck on issues that occur with my website on the I.T. Tech end, it really frustrates me. But I really would like to take a few classes this year, but more so on the business side of things.

    • Ha, Natasha! I’m so pleased you agree with my #1 choice of YouTube videos. I don’t think I could get by without them. As for the classes, just find one that interests you and sign up for it by the end of January. You can do it!

  6. Youtube tutorials! What a great idea. I am definitely technically challenged and need to boost my tech savviness. I am going to make a list of techie things I need to/want to learn and see if I can find youtube videos that teach them.

    • Hi there, Ana. It’s nice to hear from someone who is a bit more into tech than me. You’ll have to let us know how you keep up to date. We would love to know!

  7. This is so helpful!! Though I’d like to think I’m tech savvy, there are still some platforms that I’m stumped about. Thanks for these links to make it easier on myself.

    • Hi, Jennifer. I’m so pleased you found my post helpful. That’s what it’s all about. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts!

  8. As others have said, these are wonderful tips and suggestions! I’ve learned over the last four years of blogging that I learn a lot more if I don’t text my guru the question immediately, but try to fix it or learn it myself. That automatic “I’m lost and I don’t know what to do!” can feel panicky – similar to,”I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” I’m bookmarking this for next time I’m stuck… probably tomorrow!

    • Well, I am grateful for the praise, Dr. Rutherford. I have successfully been able to calm myself and watch a video or two before attempting to fix, what seems to be, an insurmountable website problem. It really does work for me and I’m happy to know it works for you too! Thanks again for the kind words.

  9. YouTube is such a great resource to learn about tech. The tutorial videos are very helpful. Fortunately my husband is Tech Support in our house so I just get him to show me how to use things, lol!

    • Hey, Elizabeth. It must be very nice to have a spouse who is so great at tech support. Talk about using your resources! Way to go.

    • Thanks, Gail. Check out the links and let us know how they work out for you. I am always interested in how it works out for my readers.

    • Greetings, Janice. AARP surprised me with the vastness of their online library. It’s such a great resource for tech novices. Thanks for sharing.

    • Uh-oh, Katie. I hope your mom was able to install her printer. She needs to read this post! I guess you are her ‘tech support.’ Sorry.

    • Hello, Debi. I wonder if you are reading actual books or on a Kindle or online blog posts to learn new stuff. I have yet to embrace the Kindle. I like the feel and smell of books. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Such a great post with some useful resources that could help many. Watching youtube videos is my favorite activity anytime as you could find some great information needed and also any help materials like DIY, Crafts, health related and almost anything where you need some guidance is available there!

    • Hello, Amrita. I am still learning about blogging via the internet. You’re right; thank goodness for Google. How did we ever get by without it?

    • Hello. I’m so glad these tips will be useful for you. Thanks so much for sharing! I hope they improve your tech savviness.

  11. Thanks for sharing those podcasts, I’m definitely going to have a listen. One thing I often need to repeat to my mom is this: if it doesn’t work twice, then stop and try a different way. Clicking on the same button for hours will drive you crazy and won’t solve your issue!

    • Hey, Nora. I hope you enjoy listening to the podcasts. They are very interesting. As for your mom, I wonder if she takes your sage advice. Thanks so much for your comments. I always enjoy the feedback.

  12. Sometimes I think I am the only person on the planet who holds onto and reads appliance instruction manuals: it drives me nuts when people throw them out. I always want a hard copy of information if at all possible; you can call me ‘old-school’ if you want but that’s how I roll.

    • Howdy, Andrew. There is nothing wrong with the way you roll! ‘Old-school’ is fine as long as you can get your problems solved. Thanks for your comments.

    • Hey, Kristina. I hope the post helps you with SEO. That is a topic that is difficult and the rules are ever-changing. Maybe we’ll be using your YouTube videos to solve our problems soon. Good luck and let us know when you get a video up so we can watch it!

  13. Oh my, let me count the ways YouTube videos have saved me! I’ve learned how to do everything from fix tech glitches, to set up plugins or new software to create custom images. You’ve listed a few other resources here I wasn’t familiar with so I will definitely take a closer look. Thanks, and welcome to Bloggers Helping Bloggers!

    • Donna, thank you. You can get through most tech challenges if you take a deep breath and find a video or two to explain the appropriate solution. It’s getting over the initial fear that is the tough part.

  14. Technology moving too fast for us humans to keep up many find it difficult to move ahead with the same pace. Loved your list I have myself used youtube n number of times to view or check out guides when facing difficulties. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Hello again, Sushmita. I can barely keep up with technology. It’s difficult, but if you don’t at least try, you’ll be left behind. Being a blogger has forced me to learn things I would not have thought possible. So, it’s not all bad. Thanks for your input!

  15. I’m just the opposite. I love all things tech. I can build a website…but I can’t make spaghetti and meatballs. I guess because I grew up in a house with all males…or maybe it’s because my husband can’t even turn on the television. Necessity!

    • Hi, Rena. I am not as tech savvy as I’d like to be, but I’m working on it. It sounds like you had to adapt to a different situation than I did. It’s funny how our environment influences what we deem important to study. As a blogger, I now have to learn a lot more tech than I ever did before. You’re right. It’s all about necessity. Thanks. I’m always thrilled to get feedback!

    • Hi, Anne. You’re welcome. It is my pleasure. I love providing resources for people in the business world. Thanks for your input.

    • Hello, Renee. I’m so glad you found the resources helpful. I did not know about AARP either before I started writing the post. Thanks for the comment.

  16. These are all great tips and yes You Tube is the best for learning anything techie. Although I am a volunteer for AARP I didn’t know about the Academy – will check it out – thanks!

    • Hey, Antoinette. Lovely to hear from you again. YouTube is my go-to site for sure when I need tech help. I think AARP is a great secondary resource, though. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I love YouTube videos for helping me with Tech Stuff. I’m both a visual and hands-on learner, so being able to pause the video so that I can try what I just learned is very helpful to me.

    • Greetings, Jennifer. I am also a visual learner, so YouTube is always first on my list when I need a tech tutorial. What did we ever do before the internet? Thanks for your input.

    • Hi, Carol. Thanks for the praise. I always appreciate feedback. I hope you get the opportunity to try a few of the resources in the post. Let me know what you think of them if you do.

    • Thanks, Diana. I’m so happy when I can provide helpful information. Thanks for connecting with me. I am grateful for the input.

  18. My husband keeps telling me I should take a computer class, but I haven’t yet. I think he’s getting tired of helping me out all the time. I didn’t know AARP had those classes. They would be great for my mom too because she needs to learn how to be careful on the internet.

    • Hello, Brenda. I hope you and your mother can use a few of the resources in the post. If you do, let me know what you think. I always love to hear back from readers. Thank you for your input.

    • Hey, Jennifer. Nice to hear from you again. YouTube is absolutely amazing. You can find tutorials or just about anything. I am a visual learner, so I love the site.

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