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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Enough about me. What do YOU want to know about me?


I think I've reached an impasse.

I have writer's block.

Actually, I don't quite have writer's block, as I've started at least three blog entries over the past few days, but I can't seem to complete any of them. I'm not convinced that they are going to be interesting or witty enough. So I'll sit on them a while longer.

It is pretty pressured - trying to write a blog at least once a week. In order to keep up your fan base - to make sure they they don't forget about you - you need to produce. And it helps to produce interesting tidbits that people can tell their friends about... "oh, well I've heard that in Tanzania they...."

Since March 31st, 2006 I've produced 54 blog entries - if you include this one. Back last year, I would have never imagined that I could have been this productive. But the truth is I've enjoyed writing for you and for me. It helps me process what I'm experiencing, keeps you up-to-date with my thinking and activities, and even gives me brief glimpses of fame (of the one minute variety).

But now I'm reaching out to you. I'd like to know what you'd like to hear next. Is there some aspect of living in Tanzania, working in the developing world, raising a pair of three year-olds, managing a crazy household staff and even nuttier workplace that you'd like to know more about? Is there another angle you'd like to see me cover?

By writing back to me, I'll also be able to know who out there is listening. I know there are a lot of you who are silent. Most of you only respond directly to my e-mail, rather than via comments on Blogger. That's fine. Just let me know you are there and what you want.

I'll make you a deal. You request it, I'll write it. I'll try to make it interesting enough for everyone to enjoy. And I'll give you credit for the topic.

Thank you in advance! You are awesome.

_______________________________________


And as an extra treat... here is a photo of Jaden and Rowan on their 3rd birthday, January 8.



9 Comments:

Blogger Mothering Mini said...

Hal - It's funny that you have writer's block because I do too. I just wrote an entry on Mothering-Mini apologizing for my lack of posts because I haven't had much to say.

Hmmm...if we were still in the office in Arlington I would ask you if J & R grew out of their terrible twos yet. Margot has only recently entered (she runs away from me instead of to me, says 'no' to every single question, and gets so irritated if I don't let her do every last thing by herself).

This isn't really a stimulating topic for most, I recognize, so no need to respond in your own blog if you don't want to use the space for that. You can respond in mine if you prefer.

BTW - J & R are so beautiful in their birthday photo!!!

5:27 AM  
Blogger KathyB said...

Since I'm fascinated by your life in Tanzania, I'll read anything you write. I always enjoy stories about your household staff and of course anything about your two kids.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

I love to read about your day to day life. I want to live in Africa someday (my dad was AID and we lived overseas when I was little, including in Ghana). It was interesting to read the realities of having "household help."

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Vera said...

Just arrived here and pleased to meet your blog !

2:34 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Like Suzanne, I love the little moments, the things that most of us wouldn't even know to ask about - bras hanging from the trees, the price of underwear, the food, the people.

You're on the right track. Whatever you write, and whenever you choose to write it, we'll be here to read. That's what RSS feeds are for!

6:30 AM  
Blogger debbie Segor said...

happy birthday to you all. the kids are gorgeous. i love allof the blogs. no long message today as i sit here with a very sick chloe on my lap. we are on day 4 of a fever. talk to you soon i hope. debbie s.

6:25 PM  
Blogger mrsgreen said...

Ms. Queen Halin, I really enjoy reading your blog, and find your stories unique to the Tanzanian experience very intersting. I don't know if you have written about these topics before, but some that I am curious about are: 1- How is is that you decided to become a parent, and what was that process like? I gather from some of yoour entries that there was a sperm donor involved. 2- You mention other experiences working abroad. I'd love to hear where and what was unique about those places and what you did.
Thank you for sharing!

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Dream said...

queen,

i just found your blog and i'm very impressed. your children are beautiful.

my wife and i are planning a safari trip to tanzania, we have a 2 year old boy and would like to bring him along. should we worry about malaria? should we go with soome fancy tour company and let them determine our iteneray? should we rent a car/driver and make our own way around the country? we have flight benefits so we are flexible on when we visit and how we can get to tanzania. we just need some advice on how to best plan a few weeks in your part of the world.

thanks,

dream

8:07 AM  
Blogger Queen Haline said...

Dream. Would love to help you plan, but you need to leave me your e-mail address so I can respond. It doesn't show up when you leave a comment.

8:59 AM  

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