Posts Tagged ‘Lifelisting’

Magic Monday!

October 12th, 2009 No comments

We’ve uploaded a new version of the site today. List items (except main Lifelist) can now be numbered. Text can be made bold, italicised and turned into a link.
We’ve done lots of testing of the new features but if you have any difficulty or any questions or if there is anything else you would like to see, then please let us know.


Just a quickie

October 2nd, 2009 2 comments

View from the front of our house

I do still have things to say about RTÉ.ie and alcohol advertising. I just don’t know where to start! I was happy to get a response but I’m left feeling quite deflated and annoyed by it. Will have a go soon.

Meanwhile, we’re trying to get the house as watertight as possible for the winter. The days are really starting to shorten now. The chickens are doing well. Of this year’s chicks, it’s clear now that Bruno is definitely a boy and that Janet probably is also. Hopefully Latoya and Tito are girls. It’s early days for Tito still.

We have huge changes to the site coming soon. List item numbering will be ‘rolled out’ (as Al would say) across the site soon. Numbering will mean that items can be inserted into a particular place in a list. You’ll also be able to make list items (or just selected text), bold or italic or ‘tada’…. a link!

The picture above was taken on one of our last summery days (Note: Trudi’s head).


New stuff

April 7th, 2009 3 comments

Al has been programming away as fast as his little fingers can type. Some of the additions that I’ve been whining about for some time are ready to go. We’ve uploaded a new version of our site that includes some new features.

Sometimes when looking at a list I want to comment on a list item but I can’t say Me2! because I haven’t done the thing myself – maybe I just like what the Lifelister to say or I admire their achievement. I’ve often wanted to to congratulate someone when they achieve something on a Todolist or a Bucketlist. Now we can honour list items by awarding Medals. You can give a Medal in the same way you give a Me2!

Some users create really inspirational lists. Now we can award a whole list a Gold Star if we like it. When looking at a list, you will notice the option to award a Gold Star over to the right of a list title, near where you can choose to ‘Favourite’ a list.

You’ll notice there’s lots of new functionality on your home page too. You can now delete Me2!s, Medals, or Gold Stars that you have given. And you now have a record of the awards you have given.

Enjoy the new features and please do let us know if you notice any problems.


New page themes

February 11th, 2009 No comments

I’m creating a few new page themes to add to those we already have. I’m working on a nice springtime one and a party related one.  The party one is to go with a new addition coming soon to our Quicklists menu. Any suggestions for other page themes are most welcome. Maybe you’d like me to create a page theme especially for your lists? Let me know and I’ll have a go.


Lifelisting our way through reccession

October 1st, 2008 No comments

In these days of financial doom and gloom it seems to me that Lifelisting will be a perfect way to pass the time. It costs nothing, helps us prioritise and gets us thinking about the positive stuff. Of course, I would say that wouldn’t I?


It’s good for you

June 18th, 2008 No comments

I’m trying to find out more about blogging so that I can make the most of our Lifelists blog. I was reading a Wikipedia entry about blogging yesterday and noticed that there is a section on the ‘Therapeutic benefits’ of blogging. For years I’ve felt that Lifelisting has similar benefits; especially because we are thinking about things we like, memories and things we want to do.


Blue Shoes and Happiness

June 10th, 2008 No comments

Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith. Chapter 10. Pg. 116:

‘That afternoon Mma Ramotswe made one of her lists. She liked to do this when life seemed to be becoming complicated, which it was now, as the mere fact of listing helped to get everything into perspective. and there was more to it than that;often listing a problem produced a solution, as if the act if writing down issues gave the unconscious mind a nudge.’


A great Lifelist

June 10th, 2008 No comments

Lifelisters have been creating some wonderful lists recently. I particularly like ‘Favourite Juice’. Juice has created a lovely list of favourite childhood things. Just reading it evokes idyllic childhood summers.


Lifelists News

April 3rd, 2008 No comments

We’ve re-designed some parts of the site and added some new bits and pieces. The ‘what’s listed’ feature shows some randomly generated pictures and list items to give a flavour of what is being listed. Hope you like it. Comments and suggestions are very welcome. We’ve had to switch off blog comments but you can either send me a message on the site or choose ‘contact us’ from the menu list on the left of the site pages.


Guilty Pleasures?

March 10th, 2008 No comments

Charlie Brooker, writing for The Guardian has some interesting things to say about the new ITV show ‘Guilty Pleasures’
I didn’t watch the programme myself but the whole idea of Guilty Pleasures really gets on my nerves.

This is what I wrote in 2006:
The BBC report on Q Magazine’s list of “guilty pleasures” started me wondering about my musical tastes.
You see, Q Magazine compiled a list of music that was previously uncool but that is now acceptable to like. Top of the list is ‘Livin’ Thing’ by ELO . I quite like that song and some other ELO tracks. I had no idea that I was so uncool. Should I be ashamed? Does that mean that if I want to say I like an uncool track, I have to qualify my choice by saying that I like it despite the fact I know it’s ‘wrong’?
I like lots of music that is probably considered to be uncool. As I’m writing this, I can’t help feeling that just the act of trying to analyse whether my music is cool or uncool is one of the most uncool things I could do. As Richard Reeves says in his comment on the BBC story “If you base your listening choices on what’s cool, you’re not a fan of music, just fashion”.
A great friend of mine used to laugh at my love of Hall & Oates and the fact that I’ve always liked ‘Sarah’ by Thin Lizzy. For a while I felt that I had to keep these things to myself but as I’ve got a little older I don’t feel the need to pretend to be something I’m not.
In the context of Lifelists, I wondered momentarily if we should be creating a list category for embarrassing songs? Should we be separating the music we’re proud to say we like and music we know we shouldn’t like, but do anyway? I’ve decided against it. If Lifelisters want to separate their “embarrassing” tracks, then they can create a new list under the category of music and call it “guilty pleasures”.
I’ve started to create 70’s, 80’s lists for myself under the music category and I’m going to proudly add the tracks I love, embarrassing or not. I’ve done this because there’s some music that doesn’t make it onto my all-time list, maybe I don’t listen to it anymore, but there was a time in my life when it was important to me. There can be many reasons why we like a piece of music; sometimes we like a track because when we hear it, we’re taken back to an experience, people or a time or place in our lives that we like to remember. The same applies to books, films, everything really.
I’m inclined to agree with some of the people who commented on the BBC story; cool/uncool seems to be quite an old fashioned concept in 2006 (or maybe I’m too old to care). Look at John Peel, he is admired because he knew what he liked and didn’t care what anyone thought.
Isn’t the coolest thing to just trust our own ears (in fact, all of our senses), not be afraid, and list the things that make us who we are. We should be proud to celebrate the things that have brought us joy for whatever reason. This is the essence of the Lifelists concept.

What do you think? should we be listing our Guilty Pleasures separately or are they just a part of us along with all the other stuff?