Technology just is not my thing. Heck, I still cook on a woodstove. Anyone who knows me has a funny story about exploding computers, electronic disasters, cinematic frustrations, and questions like, “Which icon-thingy do I use again?” “The one that looks like a horse penis!” Not to mention screaming, tears, and breaking things every time I have to upgrade.
It does not help that I am legally blind. And everything is written in very small tiny miniscule print. And that I have the patience of a hungry sparrow.
So, I accepted this wonderful offer to bring my folklore class online, to a wide international audience at WitchCon, courtesy of the HEX Education Network. The trouble is, I’ve had to learn to use the technology to do so – all within the past month. That includes figuring out how to do this website. My high-decibel foul language made the cats run and hide. I’ve learned how to make a shaky badly-produced video on my phone, which likely gave everyone who watched it severe vertigo. Next was a podcast. That’s where someone talks online – but you knew that. The very nice people at Widdershins Radio – Marta and Michael Correll – asked me to do an interview about my class. Oh, no! More technology!
“All you have to do is download the ap.” “What’s an ap?” “It’s EASY!” Every time I hear that, I panic. It’s like the phrase, “We’re from the government, we’re here to help.” For the record, it was NOT easy. My poor, long-suffering husband had to walk me through the steps, like a kindergartener learning to do algebra. “First, you multiply the 18 by 7.” “Um, what does a 7 look like, again?”
Living in the woods, our InterNet is crawling slow. It comes to the satellite dish, when it’s not covered in three feet of snow, at < three MBPS (whatever that means) when I’m told we need 6. Think of turtles mating. My phone is old, and so it pixelates, and it sounds like I am talking underwater.
However, it’s worth it to bring British Isles Folkloric Tradition to a wider audience. WitchCon is gonna be mega-awesome, with around 100 presenters, from dozens of different countries, and a wide variety of magickal paths and traditions. There will be amazing topics. I can’t wait.
Please listen to my podcast / interview / discussion on Widdershins Radio on Monday, 15 Feb. at 6PM Central time. You need a specific ap for that, but it will tell you how to do it – and YOU will understand what they’re talking about!
The Widdershins Radio Show:
WitchCon Online Magical Conference:
Common Magick from Llewellyn Worldwide
Witches & Pagans # 38 & # 39 from BBI
Llewellyn's Witches' Companion 2022 & 2023 from Llewellyn Worldwide