Before kids, I was a writer of computer books of the how-to variety. How does a relatively non-tech person qualify as technical book author? By sending a proposal for a “teach yourself HTML” book to publishers in 1996, back when Yahoo! was a page full of text links and the Web was still something spiders built in the corners of garages. That bit of lucky timing combined with my love of writing made for a good career for several years.
Then my kids came, and all I could write about (once the brain fog cleared a bit) was parenting. There was so much to say, so much to work out, so much to ask. More lucky timing placed the bulk of my parenting writing online, just as blogs were starting to come into the fore. Hence, our lovely Parent Hacks.
And now, I’ve stumbled into yet another alignment-of-the-planets situation. I get to combine by computer how-to experience with my parenting writing in a series of posts for Intel’s newly-launched computer help site PC.com. PC.com aims to answer the basic questions everyone has when they first start using a computer…which is good because there are so many MORE of those questions now because there’s so much more you can DO with a computer. (This, by the way, is how I was able to propose an HTML book in 1996 — HTML was a much smaller animal then so it didn’t take much to learn it.)
Have a look-see at my first post: When your kids know more about your computer than you do
I plan to write more PC.com articles about the intersection of family and technology, and I’m hoping you’ll help me come up with some interesting ideas. What sorts of family/tech/how-to topics would you like to see me cover?