Monday listicle

This week’s listicle comes from Queen Mahin. If you are not subscribed to her blog, you should be. And if you would like to have YOUR list featured next Monday, click here.

Queen Mahin is not quite sure how to describe herself. She’s a mother to her Precious Kid and a partner to her Special Compatriot, and co-worker extraordinaire at her job, but who is she deep down on the inside?  Well, she hasn’t completely figured that out yet, but in the meantime her practice is to try to live life with joyous intention (on a shoestring budget).


1) Facebook: Not a fan.

2) Twitter: #PrettyCool. But challenging to be concisely interesting.

3) We need more hours in the day.  There’s just not enough time to read all of the great blogs out there and write and reflect and learn.  Blogging could easily be a 24/7 pastime.

4) Blog design?  Nope, that’s still eluding me for now, but it’s coming, I promise.  I wanted to first be sure that I’d actually have something to say.

5) Guess what? I learned that I have something to say.  The trick is to share the thoughts in a way that is safe for my Precious Kid or my parents or my boss to read.

6) Now the test is to have authentic experiences in real life without always thinking:  Hmm, I wonder if I can write about this on my blog.

7) Publishing a post or sending an email or submitting a comment on someone else’s post is a practice in letting go. Once the words are out there, the reaction (or lack thereof) is not always what I anticipated.  It’s like releasing a dove that may or may not return.  Except that sometimes the dove comes back but it’s been transformed into a swan.  I’m just hoping to not have the dove come back as a vulture.

8 ) I can’t learn and grow and play in the blogging arena without falling on my face on occasion… But still:  Ouch!

9) Obsessive checking of blog stats is not so healthy.  Does anyone have a cure for that one?

10) I didn’t know when I started blogging that I’d get to spend so much virtual time with my new bloggy friends.  It’s just thrilling to get to connect, relate and contribute.  That’s been the very best part.
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  1. Posted April 25, 2011 at 00:20 by Jessica | Permalink

    Once I started blogging I looked at life in a whole new way. I constantly thought-can I write that for my blog? Reminds me of #5.
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    • Posted April 25, 2011 at 03:56 by Queen Mahin | Permalink

      I know, right? Now every time we do something interesting, my Precious Kid will ask “are you going to write about that on the blog?” One positive side effect for me has been that since I’m spending so much time writing and thinking and reflecting about living life with joy, it’s made it harder to dwell on the unpleasant things in life, know what I mean?

  2. Posted April 25, 2011 at 05:07 by Amanda | Permalink

    I can relate to your list Mahin.

    Issue No 9 away after a while, as well as No 6. You soon get back to enjoying the experience of the moment and the thought of blogging about it occurs only afterwards, if at all.

    There are several great time-saving tweaks for No 3. Personally I love Google Reader.

    • Posted April 25, 2011 at 19:48 by Queen Mahin | Permalink

      Thanks for the words of wisdom.
      I love Google Reader too. The problem is when the reader is saying that I have 500 unread items, it’s hard to accept that I can’t read everything. I’ve been an avid blog reader for many years, but now that I’m also writing, I can better appriciate how much time and work and love goes in to crafting a post (unless the rest of ya’ll are much, much speedier than I am), and I like to take the time to sit in quiet reflection with a lot of the great material that I’m reading.
      Queen Mahin recently posted..Ten Things Im Learning From Adventures In Blog Land

  3. Posted April 25, 2011 at 14:29 by Heather | Permalink

    I love your list Mahin. I have never once checked my blog stats – for fear that Im one of the 3 that read, lol. I can totally relate to number 6 – which is why I don’t have an Easter post – I wanted to enjoy the day and our activities without once thinking that I would blog this or that.

    • Posted April 25, 2011 at 19:50 by Queen Mahin | Permalink

      Heather, I believe that you completely have the right idea. :)

  4. Posted April 27, 2011 at 11:33 by JennyBean | Permalink

    “Blogging could easily be a 24/7 pastime.” No truer words were ever said.