Twitter Tweets #30ThingsAboutMe

Twitter bares their soul with the hashtag #30ThingsAboutMe.

How far would you go with a post about yourself, something personal, on Twitter? I wouldn’t post this list to Twitter. Although I’ve posted personal thoughts before I wouldn’t want to make that many posts in a row there. Also, I do feel there is a line I won’t cross when it comes to how personal and in depth I want to go about myself, especially on Twitter.

Writing this list is like coming up with 30 diary entires. Short, but to the point.

So, here is my list:

  1. Soap operas turn themselves on my TV most afternoons.
  2. I have way too many books, non-fiction, which I haven’t read yet.
  3. I always thought I couldn’t draw, until I started to sketch and got better at it.
  4. I like cute socks and clever brooches.
  5. I haven’t had a bath since I was 30. I love showers.
  6. Rainy days make me want to get out for a walk outside.
  7. I drink tea when there isn’t coffee, usually just to be nice.
  8. I’m missing a tooth towards the back.
  9. I still have the Raggedy Ann doll my Mom made me.
  10. Blue might be my new favourite colour, I always thought it was red.
  11. Onions, especially raw, make me very sick.
  12. I prefer Winter to Summer because I don’t like being too hot.
  13. Wearing purple or red makes me feel better if I’m having a bad day.
  14. Growing up I always wanted to be a newspaper columnist.
  15. If my neck were longer I’d always wear dangling, sparkly, chandelier earrings.
  16. Buttermilk is possibly my favourite thing to drink.
  17. When I buy a new book I never get the first one in the stack.
  18. People who put other people down are a pet peeve of mine.
  19. Running Ubuntu Linux is great, but I miss my Windows games.
  20. I have asthma and I’m allergic to mildew, animals and other things.
  21. I like to sew, even mending clothes and hemming things.
  22. I taught myself to crochet and then forgot how to do it.
  23. I’m a hand washer. I am not afraid of soap and water, even in public.
  24. There really is no where I’d rather live than Ontario, Canada.
  25. I’d travel to Russia as my first stop of a world exploration tour.
  26. It wasn’t a dramatic event, but I stopped believing in god last year.
  27. I like to explore old, abandoned buildings and I’m not really sure why.
  28. People who claim they are easily bored really annoy me.
  29. I don’t like arrogance, even from people who are THAT great.
  30. When someone uses foul language, I think less of them.

The Delights of Personal Grooming of the Feet

This is going to sound silly but I really like the feeling of having my toenails freshly cut. I don’t know why. It must be like a horse freshly trimmed by the blacksmith. I’m really glad I don’t have to wear iron shoes.

My family seem to have a bare foot thing. Most of them get in the door and take off their footwear before anything else. Then the socks just disappear. At my sister’s house, with four kids, you can find discarded socks in every room. They get in the oddest places at times. Of course, Zack is the most inventive sock remover.

Right now I am wearing slippers. I like them cause they literally just slip on. I’d guess that’s how they got the name, slippers. Last night, after a shower, I cut all my toenails, as short as I could get them. So now my toes are quite happy and cozy inside the slippers. When I get up to make coffee again I will feel my toes curl and squish around inside the slippers, unhindered by toenails that dig in or scrape against the sides of my slippers. That’s an icky feeling, like I’m some kind of creature with long claws or talons on my feet.

What would it be like to have claws and/ or talons? Imagine you were a gargoyle, a dragon, a huge bird or something else that has claws. Think of all the ways your life would be different. Not just the basic, people staring at you, but the simple everyday things that would be affected.

Thinking of my Archives at the End of the Old Year

“Blog archives are the heart and history of your blog.”

Quoted from About Blogging Guide (Twitter link), Susan Gunelius. This is how I feel about my blog archives and the very reason I keep them rather than weeding through or deleting them as some popular bloggers recommend.

This blog is almost 6 years old (anniversary January 2, 2006). This blog has over 1750 posts. The archives for this blog are extensive. Very few people would want to look back and try to find anything in particular in the archives. It would take awhile. Instead people search using words, not dates.

But, here we have all these nice archives. Built up over years, something to look back on with pride. It’s a shame to waste them.

I’ve been feeling I need to make changes with this blog. A new outlook, something to make it more personal for me again and something that focuses on what I really do know about and experience versus what I think I should be and do. I don’t give myself credit for anything I can do well, instead I pick on myself for anything I’m not great at. So too much of my focus goes into trying to become someone else. Meanwhile, the great things I already have get pushed to the back.

Looking into my own archives, everything I’ve been doing these past 6 years in this blog, is a way to reconnect with myself and figure out how to get where I want to be and how I can change and create something fresh.

Resources to Read:

Confident Writing: What’s Hiding in your Archives and How to Find the Treasure in your Archives

ProBlogger: Updating Old Posts on your Blog

Franklin Bishop: 6 WordPress Archive Plugins

Avoid the Daily Post Burnout

Avoid burnout.

If you want to stick to daily posts on your site you have options.

  • Write the posts a week ahead and then schedule them to appear daily.
  • Instead of writing a long post with many points divide it up. Use each point as an individual post and turn them all into a series, interlinked on your site.
  • Get help. Find someone else in your niche who would like to write but doesn’t want to do it alone, or doesn’t know HTML, etc.
  • Use borrowed content. There are many sites which offer contributed content. Read the rules at each site.
  • Write shorter posts. Go with an illustration or draw a web comic one or more days of your posting week. You’ll still be busy posting every day but the change of media could keep it from getting stale and give you fresh insights.
  • Revamp your blog layout, template or theme. Giving the site a new look makes it feel new again, or at least not the same old routine.
  • Change the format of your posts. Write in point form or make a list post once or twice a week instead of the standard paragraph form.
  • Write ahead for seasonal posts. That way you know you have at least one day off to look forward to.
  • Interviews and product reviews can be kept in a stash to be posted when you want to take a week off without notice.
  • Most people have a 5 day work week. You can take off weekends and still be considered to be posting daily. (It’s a personal choice).
  • Exchange content with another writer. Or, arrange to exchange blog babysitting so he/she writes for both blogs one week and you take on both blogs the next week.
  • Run an event. It could be a contest or something with the idea of social networking/ community building. You will need to promote it and get others involved but it also gives you something to write about each day as you talk about your idea and the progress you are making.
  • Finally, just take a week off. Announce it in your blog and give the date you will return. Try to stick to the return date unless you really do decide to abandon your site once you are away from it.


As the Earring Dangles…

I thought it would be fun to write for soap operas. Now, with them tending to be cancelled, it’s not likely I will get to write for a soap. But, I can still have the fun of creating my own.

What would call your soap opera? I’m not talking about any personal soap opera you think you have going on, but one you create, as fiction.

Of course, before you can really get a name you need a plan, a background, a basic plot and some idea of who your characters will be.

So write it all… why not? It’s just for fun.

Title: As the Earring Dangles….

Characters: Maisy Mope, Daisy Dearlick, Olivia Flower, Bradford Mope, Giles Dearlick and Nigel Flower.

Plot: Three couples stranded (fashion models) on a deserted island. The show starts with the shipwreck. Lots of arguing about who is to blame. Then discovery of the island, the search for some kind of rescue possibility as well as food and shelter. None of them have survival training but they figure things out through trial and error. There are some small disasters and then…. they find the cave. At least they have some shelter, for awhile. In the cave they find people from another shipwreck years ago. This changes the group dynamic as the new shipwrecked models are young and cute and the old timers like what they see. At some point a lost treasure works it’s way into the story to add greed to the lust and envy already brewing around the island.

For Men Only?

Read & Trust– is committed to gathering together the best independent writers available – the ones recommended by the writers you read and trust.

It’s all men. Yet, there are endless women writing online.

Maybe we still aren’t taken all that seriously? I thought we had outgrown the time when all women bloggers were seen as personal or Mommy bloggers. Women are writing for impressive sites, have worked for important sites and start ups and successful projects of their own creation.

Note: I am not picking on men, or on Read&Trust. I just noticed there are no women on their list. I was surprised.

Favourite Photography Quotes

From the Boing Boing forum on Flickr come these photography quotations picked by forum readers:

“Photography…it’s the easiest medium in which to be competent. Anybody with a point-and-shoot camera can take a competent picture. But it’s the hardest medium in which to have, to express, some kind of personal vision. Because there is no touch, there is no hand, there is no physicality. The fact that you CAN have something that’s recognizable from 50 feet across the gallery as a Diane Arbus or an Irving Penn…the fact that you can have recognizable authorship means they really have done something.” ~ Chuck Close

“…to photograph is to frame, and to frame is to exclude.” – Susan Sontag

“The best camera is the one that’s with you” – Chase Jarvis

“Shoot for the secrets, develop for the surprises” – Diane Arbus

“I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don’t like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself.” Diane Arbus

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” – Robert Capa

“He will take his camera and ride off in search of new evidence that his city, even in her most drunken and disorderly and pathetic moments, is beautiful.” – William McCleery

“No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.” – Robert Adams

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy

“Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.” – Elliott Erwitt

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham

“You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.” – William Albert Allard

“If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.” – Garry Winogrand

“I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.” – Anonymous

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams

“It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get.” – Timothy Allen

30 Day Challenge

This is a 30 day blogging challenge. Mainly for personal bloggers as the questions are all about you – who you are, what you like and what you are like.

Here is the list of the each day if you’d like to try it yourself!

  • Day 1-Introduce yourself and give 15 interesting facts
  • Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name
  • Day 3-Your first love
  • Day 4-Your parents
  • Day 5-Your siblings
  • Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy
  • Day 7-Favorite movies
  • Day 8-A place you’ve traveled to
  • Day 9-A picture of your friends
  • Day 10-Something you’re afraid of
  • Day 11-Favorite TV shows
  • Day 12-What you believe
  • Day 13-Goals
  • Day 14-A picture you love
  • Day 15-Bible verse
  • Day 16-Dream house
  • Day 17-Something you’re looking forward to
  • Day 18-Something you regret
  • Day 19-Something you miss
  • Day 20-Nicknames
  • Day 21-Picture of yourself
  • Day 22-Favorite city
  • Day 23-Favorite vacation
  • Day 24-Something you’ve learned
  • Day 25-Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
  • Day 26-Picture of your family
  • Day 27-Pets
  • Day 28-Something that stresses you out
  • Day 29-3 Wishes
  • Day 30-A picture

via It’s Good to be Queen: 30 Day Challenge.

Does a Personal Assistant Sound Like a Glamorous Career?

What does a Personal Assistant do? I imagine they are a second-hand to whoever hires them. The job could be anything from picking up dry cleaning, making coffee to writing a speech and beyond. It seems like a never-ending job of running errands and performing personal services like walking the dog, grocery shopping and booking appointments.

There are times when I’d like a Personal Assistant but it’s just not in the budget. Also, how would I explain everything I need done, exactly as I want it to be done? By the time I sorted out the details with someone else I could have done at least most of it myself. So, not practical for me in any case. But, what a neat career. I bet the pay is more than a department store cashier makes, with more time for coffee breaks. It may be they stand in line and have a lot of customer service to do, but they can do it with a coffee in hand.

Would you want to try the job of Personal Assistant for a day? Who would you choose to assist, assuming you get to choose of course? Likely it would be someone famous, after all those are busy/ wealthy people we know to choose from. But, a Personal Assistant could work for anyone overwhelmed with things to do willing/ able to hire someone to help them.

You would have to be bondable, very trustworthy and competent under pressure too.

Personal Assistant

Dream Careers: Personal Assistant

As a personal assistant you have to be a good communicator, a “get things done” kind of person, and cool under pressure. Ask yourself how you handle challenges and crises in your own life. Do you fly off the handle, or do you normally take a step back and think before you react?

The best personal assistants have an ability to move comfortably in the world of wealth and fame. Your appearance, etiquette skills and even your fashion sense may factor in here. You should be persuasive, a good negotiator, and your listening skills should be above average. You should also be extremely organized, a skilled problem-solver, and understand instinctively what types of information need to be kept in confidence.

One Little Word

One Little Word – A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow. From my own personal experience, it can be a catalyst for enriching your life.

In 2006, I began a tradition of choosing one word for myself each January — a word that I can focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. My words have included play, peace, vitality, nurture, and story. These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another. They’ve been imbedded into who I am, and into who I’m becoming. They’ve been what I’ve needed (and didn’t know I needed). They’ve helped me to breathe deeper, to see clearer, and to grow.

My word for 2011 is light.

It’s not so easy to pick your own word. I thought of so many but realized they are more a reflection of what family have told me I should be doing than how I really feel about what I am doing or want to accomplish myself. Your word should be a goal uniquely relevant to yourself. Don’t base it on what other people tell you or make you feel.

In the end I am choosing my word: plunge. I’m not going to explain the word, it’s something I understand – like a message in a bottle to myself.

Choosing your Word

Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2011?
It can be something tangible or intangible. It could be a thought, or a feeling, or an emotion. It can be singular or plural. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. This is not your mother’s word or your spouse’s word or your child’s word – this is YOUR word.

One little word can have big meaning in your life if you allow yourself to be open to the possibilities. And here’s one thing that is totally interesting: sometimes a word will pop into your brain and it will not make any sense to you right now. Give it some time. Let it percolate a bit. I have often found that our hearts speak to us in very unique ways. Maybe this is a word you need to hear but just aren’t ready for it yet.

Again, be open to the possibilities.

Ali Edwards has turned One Little Word into a monthly workshop. Read more on this site.