How’s it going? Some of you know I’m the proud new owner of a smartphone. Emphasis on new. We’ll get to that in a second.
The type of my smartphone means I have to shop at Google Play if I want to get anything. I thought I’d get a few apps. I tried to get a QR code scanner (to read those square thumbprint-looking things that are actually barcodes).
For some reason that failed (my connection ain’t the greatest there is).
And then I remembered I have several songs on Amazon mp3 that I can’t listen to well with a dial-up connection.
So I got the Amazon mp3 app. Since I have an mp3 player on the phone I might as well use it. This morning, things went fine, and I got a few songs from my mp3 library on to the phone.
This afternoon, I hit a snag. I could play songs, but they wouldn’t download. Even after I tried clicking a bunch of times.
I went to settings and found the checkmark next to the box “only download over wi-fi.”
That explains why nothing was happening (we don’t have wi-fi here. Yet. So I have to use mobile data to download everything).
I didn’t review my steps.
And when I did, I cleared that checkmark, and used my data allowance to get the songs (and I also remembered I’d turned the wi-fi only download option back on after my first session was over—which had caused the problem in the first place).
Which brings me to my point.
As writers and marketers, we’ve learned things. From books, websites, and what-have-ya. About everything from characterization, big ideas, pacing, email subject lines, the P.S., our audience’s likes and dislikes, and dozens of other concepts.
And then what happens? We put it into practice, right?
Sometimes we forget, or get so busy going forward, we forget to slow down and go over what we already know. To get things down better.
A refresher course can be good. Especially if you’re new to something. And even pros can get things out of order, too.
Just like a smartphone noob surfing a music app.
Until next time,