I’m soooo excited! I’m going to my first big blogging conference on Saturday. Nuffnang Blogopolis is going to be huge, featuring seven great master classes so I can fine tune my blogging skills (or develop some… I’ll leave that up to you to judge). While I’m really looking forward the talks, I am even more excited about having the chance to meet so many of those wonderful bloggers I have been “blog-stalking” over the past few months. I’m feeling a little star-struck already!
In celebration, I thought I would share with you three fantastic journal-keeping-type ideas from a few of my favourite bloggers (even though not all of them will be there on the weekend )
What I love about these ideas is that they are so simple, and yet they each tap into the real essence of “who we are”, and “where we’re at”, which I think is the real purpose of journal keeping in the end – to give us insight and understanding, and to record the “special-ness” of NOW.
I suppose that’s the great thing about blogging – it’s really just one big, public, journal keeping project!
Feel free to undertake any one (or if you’re keen, all three) of these suggestions in the Comments section below. You know you want to…
From Allison, Life in a Pink Fibro
This has be the ultimate in “instant journal-keeping”, probably best done with a red wine in hand on a Friday or Sunday evening. It’s a great way to reflect on the week and if your family is anything like mine, have a laugh and regain your perspective.
Write a list of topics that were discussed during the week. See how many you can remember… You could even jot down the more memorable ones in your daily diary as you go. Don’t forget to date your list. Highlighting topics that got more than their fair share of conversation might also be fun.
To understand how this works, it’s probably best to give an example. So here’s my week.
Pirates, vikings, dragons, choosing a school, Cheetah driving army tanks, dirtgirl, book-keeping, an exciting new job (congratulations Sis!), teddy bear adventure playgrounds, dirt kitchens, unfinished plasterwork, bamboo floorboards, emptying the dishwasher (read NOT emptying the dishwasher), the comparison between the gravity levels of Magicland and Earth, food intolerances, Nature Deficit Disorder, music lessons, tree houses, the meaning of the word “radar”, Flight Control at Sydney Airport, muddy boots and moscato.
I think this just about sums it up actually!
From Maxabella Loves
I often wonder what I would say if I was to become successful and well-known enough to be interviewed by somebody awesome like Margaret Throsby on ABC FM, or DumboFeather or Dame Edna… But with such insightful and experienced interviewers, the questions are often a bit hard to think up.
Maxabella has a great solution. She has revisited the (sadly now gone) Upfront section of Good Weekend for her questions – always reliable, always requiring short, witty or insightful responses. What would your answers be?
I won’t complete them today, as many are similar to my Story Starter topics and you get enough of that already, but feel free to copy and paste in the comments and have a go.
From Naomi, Seven Cherubs
I love that Naomi tackled the idea of happiness head on and wrote a whopping 90 blog posts about the topic. That’s more than the Dalai Lama wrote on the subject, I’m sure! But the other thing I loved was that she asked other people to share with her their Top 10 Things that make them happy and randomly shared them throughout the posts. How wonderful to spread that much happiness around!
So, in the true nature of “borrowing a good idea”:
What are your Top 10 things that make you happy?