On My Mind: Media Rules, Imperfection, and More

by Rachael on November 22, 2010

Mondays at The Variegated Life: links to some stuff I’ve liked …

I think a lot about how I use the Internet, because how I use it reflects (and affects) both my relationships and how I use my mind. Maybe Twitter isn’t such a good idea — for me, anyway. Maybe I shouldn’t even be blogging. I haven’t made up my mind about any of it. And so I’m always interested in learning how others choose to interact with others on the Internet, such as in this post by social Web strategist Gwen Bell. (I’d be curious to hear your media rules, if you have any. Please!)

At PhD in Parenting, Annie reminds us that “baby training” begins at birth. So true — but how I wish at times that it weren’t actually so. Can’t the Critter wait until I’m perfect before learning anything from me? But, since that’s never going to happen, my best hope is to teach him how to be imperfect with grace. Speaking of, here’s Kristen at Birthing Beautiful Ideas on parenting mistakes and Amber at Strocel.com on the purpose of making mistakes.

At API International, Sarah finds that seeking solutions is sometimes the better — and more optimistic — route than asking our little ones to deal with the consequences of a problem. After all, isn’t that how we strive to address most of the problems in our lives?

At 6512 and Growing, Rachel suggests that we re-make Thanksgiving by going back to the beginning, returning, “slowly, to the spirit of the original Thanksgiving, which was simply a local foods harvest festival.”

And this post by Summer Pierre anticipates my post tomorrow, about money. It also anticipates her Artist in the Nursery Interview with Beth Lisick today. I haven’t read the interview yet, but I’ve enjoyed all of Summer’s interviews with those who, like me, are striving to balance their lives as parents with their lives as artists.

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Amber November 24, 2010 at 1:53 AM

I accept most every Facebook friend request. I follow back people on Twitter who seem interesting and like-minded, and who have actual content in their Twitter stream – not just quotes and re-tweets and links. I really try to avoid the un-friend or un-follow. I find it stings when someone un-friends or un-follows me, so I don’t want to do that to someone else.

Interestingly, Gwen Bell un-followed me on Twitter. The fact that I remember that says something.
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Rachael November 24, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Apparently Gwen Bell un-followed almost EVERYONE on Twitter — from roughly 4,000 follows to 300. But I get your point. I don’t like to be un-followed, either. Though whereas I don’t think I’ve ever un-friended anyone on Facebook, I have un-followed people on Twitter. It’s all a part of my not having really figured Twitter out yet, really.

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