The perfect number ten?


Its already 1:30 in the afternoon and I’m sitting here at my Mac, trying to write my tenth blog entry. Both the dryer and dishwasher are finished and now annoyingly peeping away. The dogs are lying by the door, still waiting for their morning walk. I haven’t taken anything out for dinner, my grandchildren are coming by later and I promised to make brownies. Oh yeah, and I’ve had five cups of tea, and I’m still in my pajamas!

I’ve always been a control freak and the thing I controlled most was my house. A place for everything and everything in its place. That was my motto. Well, things have changed.

I am now trying to write a blog, which I’m finding to be a very new and exciting challenge. I’ve made oh so many mistakes, which I will not point out in hopes that you haven’t noticed. Along with this, I’m constantly on the look out for something to tweet and have become hooked on Pinterest (its like shopping without spending any money). I dedicate hours to all my friends on Facebook and I’m trying to find people to review my book. Hint, hint…

The best and most surprising part of my new adventure is the ‘other’ blogs I’ve discovered. You see, not only am I a first time blogger, its also the first time I’ve read any blogs. In the past few months I’ve literally combed through hundreds of blogs before clicking the follow button on sixteen of them. I’d love to follow more, but as you can see I’m pressed for time.

Instead of giving out the names of these blogs, I thought I would tell a little about them and hopefully you’ll understand why they have come to mean so much to me. Maybe you’ll even recognize yours:

  • A father telling his childhood stories to his children, and we’re lucky enough to listen.
  • A sweet twenty-something working through depression and trying to change her life around.
  • A fellow tea lover who’s gearing herself up to chase a dream.
  • A poet sharing her sadness, yet finding the good in everything.
  • A blogger on the threshold of forty and coming to terms with personal purposes.
  • A former expat wife sharing her expat/repat experiences.
  • An old classmate of mine sharing beautiful pictures and craft ideas.
  • A fashion savvy Norwegian living in London.
  • A feisty woman blogging about life, love and the occasional shitty day.
  • A life from a writers point of view.
  • A grown up TCK (third culture kid).
  • An expat writer who also happens to be a white muslim living in a post 9/11 world.
  • A multitasking Californian who’s into everything.
  • A blog about living overseas, away from families and beyond comfort zones.
  • A young American married to a Norwegian and starting a new life in Norway.
  • The adventures of an American family living in Norway.

I love true stories about real people. Thats why I now rush to my Mac every morning eager to check my inbox. If anyone’s curious to find the name of one of these blogs, just ask…

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About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on April 5, 2012, in writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Hi Maggie, thanks for the mention! Your description of your domestic standards and what happens to them when you sit down at the computer and start reading/writing blogs could have been lifted verbatim from my life.
    I’m forced to change out of my pyjamas when it’s time to pick my daughter up from school! I used to be a little OCD about housework – to see my house now, you would think I was joking!
    Good luck with the blog – it’s great fun and you will while away HOURS!

  2. Thanks, nice to know I’m not alone.
    By the way…did you get my hint?

  3. Nice post. I am still trying to figure out Pinterest.
    And great photo!!
    I know what you mean, I lose all track of time when in blogville!
    Cheers

  4. This is a cool blog – how do you qualify to be a reviewer of your book? Because I think that would be a pretty cool thing to do… hint, hint. 😉

    I want to read blog number one – who is that? It sounds like a fab blog! 🙂

    Man, I gotta write a blog about my tea-love some time soon! 🙂 I love that you’d already had five cups of tea, that sounds like my kinda start to a great day!!! 🙂

    • Thank you, my young blog needs all the love it can get.
      Blog #1 is: Stories about my life, 92% true
      Enjoy!

      I would love for you to review my book. Would you be willing to write a review for Amazon UK?
      I’ll check your blog for an e-mail address and send you a free link to the kindle version, if that works for you?

      I tell my husband all the time, “tea is the nectar of the Gods”. Cheers!

  5. Maggie, I agree, the other blogs are so very interesting, I could read all day, and night!
    I hope your brownies got baked, it must be sweet to have grandchildren. If that is you in the photo, what a gorgeous setting! And to have a desk looking right upon the water! Oh but, I might never write at all, just gaze! Pretty curtains, too. (And if a stock photo, nevermind. Nice photo, in that case, and good for the imagination!) ~ Lily

    • Grandchildren are the best, you get all the joy and none of the responsibility (almost none). I got their brownies baked and everyone was happy.

      Yes, thats me in the picture and yes, we have a great view of the fjord. Its funny, I’ve been looking out that window for almost twenty years now and there’s a different view everyday.

      Thanks for visiting!

  6. This made my day. 🙂

  7. Great to find you and well done for embarking on your blogging project! …keep it up!

  8. Thanks, I appreciate it.

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