I don’t want to read the manual.

Why can’t it just be so easy that I don’t have to read the manual?

I finally figured out how to get the Facebook API to work with the social media count for the Elegant Themes Monarch plugin.

Let’s check out the options:

  1. Just forget it. Don’t bother with any of it. Just give up and do nothing.
  2. Go simpler. Find another option.
  3. Give it your best. Try it, test it, figure it out.
  4. Hire someone else. Pay for it, make it go away.

But you have to do something. Number one is “doing something.” It’s choosing to not do it. But here’s the thing. If you don’t do it, someone else is going to do it. Maybe that doesn’t matter. If it matters, you’ll want to do something and it’s up to you whether or not you want to read the manual. Can you tell how long it’s going to take to get done? Will you have to do it again and again or just this once? What is the cost and benefit of getting it done?

I tried number three and got through it. I also figured out how to do it so I don’t have to learn it again.


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  1. slader July 24, 2017 at 3:48 am - Reply

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  2. slader July 24, 2017 at 3:59 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing

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  4. kyra pieterse September 4, 2017 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I like videos rather then reading the manual!

  5. Elmore Organisation December 12, 2017 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Well its all up to the headings of the content, more headings you has more easy to manually read.

  6. vanthi December 14, 2017 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Great, thank you for sharing
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  7. word cookies answers January 24, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    i know what you want to talk. hehe.
    Great article. Thanks so much

  8. Paul Gregory May 17, 2018 at 6:15 am - Reply

    I so get where you are coming from. For me I tend to dig around and try what I think is obvious, sometimes I get done what I need to get done. Sometimes I find myself so confused, stuck in the middle of menus I don’t understand and think what the heck. Then start again. When all else fails I’ll read the manual. Not because I don’t believe in manuals, its just that so many of them are so badly written, for products made abroad, translated by a non English native speaker, you are left just as mystified as before. Or worse, they don’t tell you the one thing you so badly needed to know. Its about time manuals were written by someone who is learning how to use the thing for the very first time.

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