Today, as a mom of two under two year olds, I barely have time to sit down anymore. I often feel frustrated and have so many ideas on my mind it seems like I'm going to explode if I don't get to somehow express myself! I also have heap loads of photos waiting for watermarking and editing. There's so many places I visited that I want to let people know about! Events I want to attend and then share my experiences about..
Blogging takes so much of my time it has started to feel like a job. If not full-time, then at least part time. The only difference from a "real" job is that I don't get paid. Since the blog has become my work, I've started to look into having a few advertisers on the site to hopefully pay for a bill or two. Blogging never made anyone rich though :) (well expect maybe Dooce and Bloggess).
I also have a long time dream of opening a Blue Abaya shop! So many people ask me about purchasing abayas, bedouin jewelry and other items from Saudi. I would love to design abayas. Blue abayas! But how the heck would I have time for all that? I think I need a secretary or assistant or something :) Any volunteers?
A while back I wrote a post exposing some hate comments called Blog Hate Mail: Hall Of Shame. Well this post is the opposite!
I have decided to make a quick compilation of some of the blog love Blue Abaya has received during the years along with some of my favorite shots from around the Magic Kingdom..
Some of these comments were left on the Expats Blog page and others on various posts on Blue Abaya. I appreciate all comments, please keep them coming!
Lotsa love and encouragement always,"
"Thanks for your wonderful blog. I lived in the kingdom for 9 years 77-86 and was a journalist for Arab News. Your blog helps me keep up with the changes--important for me as I frequently speak on the kingdom"
-Jean Grant author of Burning Veil
"Seriously, I thought my life ended after I moved to Riyadh this Summer, but after discovering your blog today, I realised there is so much fun to be discovered! So thanks so much for that (: Also, after a bit of reading, I can safely assure you that you're aMazING! Eeek, I love what you write! Your positive tone, unwavering Eemaan, and refreshing outlook on life has presented Saudi to me in a whole new perspective."
"I've noticed that you surely use a LOT of time and work hard to create your posts. Your blog is so informative and rich, showing KSA from a different and thus interesting perspective. And the photos make it feel just like a free holiday in a country where I've never visited.
Blue Abaya is a fantastic blog. The writing is entertaining, honest, and compassionate. The pictures are excellent, and the mood and feel of the blog transport me. I love the mix of cultures--- glimpses of Finland and views of the Desert and real life in Saudi Arabia. It's one of my very favorite blogs.