I’m not the most frequent of bloggers. In fact, I think the rare people that might have stopped by occasionally would have taken me off their RSS feed by now for lack of posts to while away the hours with.

However, recently I found an idea spreading across the interweb. Not just as a (very good!) excuse to explain my lack of discipline on the blogging front, but also an idea I can very easily grow fond of. In line with the idea of slow food, making/craft and the slow movement, which you can read more about here, Canadian Todd Sieling is writing a blog about slow blogging, with the tagline “it happens when it happens”. His point is that because of all the technology readily available to us all at any given time has made not only talk, but also writing, cheap. Anyone can blog or comment in whatever medium they choose… but should we?

The erudite and always oh so fabulously articulate Stephen Fry mentions similar issues on his blog today, bringing the attention to the way technology has taken over our time and made everything possible but made us all impossibly busy.

I often find myself wondering if this busy-ness is really the life I want to live, and most times reach the conclusion that no, it is not. I don’t think I will be doing what I’m doing now in a few years’ time, but then again, I was raised to work hard, so I’d probably feel guilty if I didn’tdo the standard work horse thing… Although, I guess the issue is more how and where we spend our energy and how we choose to prioritise.

If anyone is reading this, I’d welcome any input and opinions. 🙂 The Slow Blog Manifesto can be read – and enjoyed, slowly  – here.

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… and the result is here:

http://www.threespoons.co.nz/2009/07/meet-and-greet-tina-from-norway.html

The blog is an insightful reflection on living in New Zealand as an expat from a culinary point of view. Read and have your mouth water!

Even though I haven’t written here in ages, I’ve been pottering along with various projects and, well, just plain old daily life. A while ago I ventured into Ravelry, which has been great, and has introduced me to some interesting new people and more lovely knitting and crafting than I could ever had dreamt of. Many other knitters are also in Flickr, but I have resisted so far, much because of being such a Google fanatic and Picasa addict. But I have been convinced and am now also to be found on yet another social website thingy:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinamana/

Someone’s really clever… via Meet Me at Mikes

I’ve been getting on my husband’s nerves playing this song over and over and over…

This is her website

This is one of the coolest things I have seen in a long time. A high school student in the US has decided to organise her own small lending library of banned books in her locker. Whoop whoop and more power to her I say!

I’ve just had the most awesome weekend in a long time! I volunteered at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival and it was undoubtedly the best volunteering experience ever. I got to watch lots of the shows and the work was really cruisy. I had fun and interesting co-workers and everything seemed just really well-organised. There was the odd hickup, but these things happen. I want to write a little bit more about some of the events I attended but will have to get some sleep first.

To be continued! 🙂

Wonderful! Not long now and then we’re on!

http://www.writersfestival.co.nz/Home/Programme/MySchedule/tabid/59/f/1072/Default.aspx

I’m volunteering, so I might not get to go and see all of it, but will certainly make the most of it. Let me know if you’re going! 🙂

Another one of those posts waiting to happen – another comment that lead to something more! Whip Up is a fabulous blog with posts about all kinds of lovely crafts, big and small, which I find very inspirational. They have found new buddies in the zine Mixtape, and recently they asked their readers to give a ‘mixtape’ of crafty inspiration. Intrigued, I commented. And won a prize! I’m waiting for my zine to arrive with yummy exciting craftiness just for me!!!

Here is the link to the main post, where I’m listed as a winner. I even made it into the favourites list! 😀

I’ve just succumbed – I thought I had enough websites to read and be addicted to, but I was wrong. I’ve seen this website around, snuck a shy glance every so often, but thought it was a bit out of my league. Wasn’t really sure if it would like me either. But then I mustered up the courage to approach and now it seems we’ve got a good thing going. Who knows, it could be a lasting relationship or just a fling. No big plans yet, we’ll see how it goes, take it as it comes… Got a good feeling though. 🙂

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