Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not?
Do you ever read manuals?
Anything at all?
Let me just begin by saying, I’m not very good at instructions. Written instructions occasionally fare better than oral instructions, because I have a tendency not to listen to people unless I am actually engaged in a face-to-face conversation – or unless I’m really interested in what they have to say, which isn’t usually the case with instructions. If the instructions are concise and to the point, they have a fair chance of being read, otherwise, they will be skimmed at best. This explains my lack of interest in writing/grammar manuals, as well as in the types of manuals described in today’s prompt. If I bring home a new gadget of some kind, I am far more likely to just play with it for a bit and try to make it work (or ask Brian to do so and then explain it to me) than to read through the manual. I will only consult the documentation for specific features that I have not figured out, not for the whole thing.
Self-help books? No way. I can’t even stand the ‘inspirational’ books genre any longer, let alone self-help. Part of the problem is that I don’t like the way they are written, the other part of the problem is that I’m not likely to take any of their advice anyway.
I will, occasionally, consult how-to books or cookbooks. Even then, though, I will read about only the specific thing I want to know, unless it is a cookbook with some interesting things to say about food and eating healthily.
I’m starting to wonder if BTT isn’t really my thing. I have been fairly bored by the three prompts I’ve attempted so far. I’m sure it is terribly hard to come up with prompts every week, but if next week is also about manuals, I’m done.