The world is full of stupid people; the results of elections and the popularity of certain TV shows are evidence on this. One publisher has spotted a niche in the market and has guides on everything dummies may want. Look in any bookstore and most sections you will see books with yellow spines declaring a quick and easy guide to that particular subject.
This weekend I was looking around for a book on Excel dashboards (and have found one – Excel Dashboards for Dummies) but then ended up on Amazon stumbling around the ‘For Dummies’ section. There are loads of them; a quick check says there are over 1,600 different titles.
This piqued my curiosity, what else could I learn about through the medium of Richard Tennant cartoons (is it just me or does anyone else first scan through to find the 5th Wave captions) and lists of ten things? What areas of my knowledge could be enhanced from dummy status?
Well the Future Mrs GeekErgoSum loves the Narnia series, no panic…”C.S. Lewis & Narnia for Dummies” can “provide a friendly introduction to the master storyteller and Christian apologist, revealing the meanings behind The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters as well as his other works. You’ll also discover why Lewis went from being a confirmed atheist to a committed Christian and how he addressed his beliefs in his writings.” A bit different from how to do a VLOOKUP.
It seems that no topic is too obscure. Acne, Dungeon Mastery, Clarinet, Finches, Marathon Training, Sustainable Australian Travel, Urban Planning or Parenting. This got me thinking…if I could read a different ‘For Dummies’ book every week then in a year’s time I would be 52 different areas cleverer (perhaps I should tackle grammar first).
Learning For Dummies
So the plan is this, each week I am going try to read a different ‘For Dummies’ book and try to pass some of my learning on as part of my new feature “Saturday’s For Dummies” (not to be confused with “The Saturdays for Dummies” which is a fantastic guide to the post-Girls Aloud pop group). Effectively it will be a dummy pay it forward (interestingly there is no ‘Pay it Forward for Dummies’).
It won’t be as completely random as I will be looking for topics that I might have some interest in, and books that I can easily read (at £20 a pop I will be relying on those I can read previews of online or at the bookstore).
To start me off I thought I best go with one of the ‘For Dummies’ books that might be of use to anyone on here, so this Saturday look forward to my review/snarky look at “Wordpress For Dummies”.
Or I may get hit by a lawsuit to do with some copyright infringement, in which case I’ll do what the rest of the Internet does and post a picture of a cat.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “(Your Thing) for Dummies.”