Following up last week’s question about reading writing/grammar guides, this week, we’re expanding the question….
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?
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
Manuals: Ah, no. I don't read the manuals for electronics, appliances, etc. I try but I find they send me spinning in circles. "Plug A goes where?" I'm a hands-on, learn as I'm using the thing kind of gal. The result sometimes works, sometimes it looks a lot like Homer's BBQ grill (see above). My hubby, the engineer, will read a manual front to back.
How-to books: It depends on what it is. I have gardening books, cookbooks and craft books. I suppose they count. I use my crochet books all the time for reference.
Self-help guides: I'm not a great believer in these books. I don't believe in catch-all solutions. If they worked, why isn't the whole world happy? Take The Secret. "Just think happy thoughts and all your dreams will come true." Admittedly, I didn't read it, but it sounds pretty sketchy to me. If your dreams don't come true, well, I guess you just didn't think hard enough. My Secret? Write a self-help book and have Oprah endorse. Shh, don't tell anyone.