Last week I started a Tumblr blog – Trashy’s Pleasures: things that turn me on. I’m having fun with it, searching pics and following other tumblrs. It’s easy enough to post and reblog pics, but I couldn’t figure out how to add a caption to them. When I wrote something in the caption box, it didn’t post on my blog. I needed to use that feature especially when posting pics with nudity (i.e. an ice cube melting on a lovely nipple). So I emailed Tumblr support and they told me they were aware of the problem and they were working on it, but it was limited to Internet Explorer. They recommended I download Firefox or Chrome.
I’ve been using IE since the early days of the internet, and I’ve never even seen another browser. I knew they existed, but I never felt the need to change. I didn’t want to wait for Tumblr to fix the problem, and I didn’t want to post nude pics without an NSFW warning. But I have over 1000 bookmarked pages and I didn’t want to lose them. I did a little research and decided to download Chrome but keep IE just in case.
The new browser worked great. It transferred all my bookmarks as soon as I logged in, and it fixed other problems I was having: slow downloads, Facebook glitches, and even my Yahoo mail worked better. Why didn’t I do this sooner? Because I was afraid of change. But one small change made all the difference, and now my Tumblr blog is better and bolder. Change is good.
I am keeping this in mind as I prepare my erotic short story collection, Her Twisted Pleasures, for beta reading. I have one beta reader—a professional critic. Holy shit! If that isn’t scary, I don’t know what is. I know she’ll have suggestions, changes that need to be made, but I’m doing this for the good of my story. It’s damn scary to send the manuscript I love to someone else, but by the time she’s finished with me, I’ll have a better and bolder book. Either that or I’ll give up writing completely.
But maybe it won’t be so scary. Maybe she’ll say, “I love it! Don’t change a thing.” Hey, a trashy girl can dream.