Monday, January 9, 2012

why i have a love-hate relationship with excel

In my new job, which I shouldn't really call new anymore since I've been employed there for 8 months now, I have to use Excel almost every day. I love the ability to organize data. I hate to try and figure out how Excel thinks.

One of the nifty things you can do in Excel, however, is create charts and graphs. Pretty spiffy stuff when I can use it to chart my reading genres for 2011. Of course this idea came courtesy of Lisa S. She borrowed the concept from another blogger. Gotta love bloggers! That being said, I was able to take my list of books, assign them a genre and then create this chart. It sort of confirms what I already knew. I read a lot of paranormal fiction in a year. I also read a lot of mysteries. Truth be told, many of the paranormal novels I read have a strong mystery element to them. Whodunits with a vampire, werewolf or witch inhabiting the role of sleuth. So, for what it is worth, here is my chart. And as a result, I now have a spreadsheet set up to keep track of my reading for 2012.

Gotta love it when a plan comes together....even when the plan wasn't yours to begin with!


Lisa Shafer said...

See, it looks so much better with the graphics than mine does!
I have a program that does this sort of thing; I just have no clue how to use it and no patience to figure it out right now.

Liz said...

I hear you. I avoided Excel like the plague until I started back to work. Now it is the necessary evil in my life.