What You’ve Been Missing If You Aren’t Following Me On Twitter

by Millionaire Mommy Next Door on March 16, 2009

in About Me,Resources

I view Twitter, one of the Web’s fastest-growing social networks, as mini-blogging. It is revolutionizing communication and changing how some entrepreneurs do business.

On this blog, I tend to write long posts, but on Twitter, I’m limited to using just 140 characters or less. When I started “tweeting” two months ago, I had no clue how I’d use this tool. 84 tweets later, I find I appreciate the opportunity to share bits and pieces without formatting a new blog post. I also like catching juicy tidbits of information and breaking news from the other twitter users I follow.

Signing up with Twitter is easy. Following me is easy. Come join the fun!

Here’s what you’ve been missing:

Recommended Reading / Interesting Links:

~10% of life is random; the remaining is defined by how we think. http://tinyurl.com/ad4hm2

Was the problem on Wall Street subprime mortgages or elevated testosterone? http://tinyurl.com/b5l9oe

For Sale: The $100 House http://www.nytimes.com/2009…

Which Americans can qualify for housing help? http://tinyurl.com/c2k6fb

Often in the middle of something momentous, we can’t see its significance. http://tinyurl.com/bf26a6

Cool mashup of CraigsList and Google Maps provides an interface to view housing listings visually by location: www.mapskrieg.com/view/

So long, McMansions http://tinyurl.com/7rxc5l Welcome, just-the-right-size homes!

The disappearing vacation: Fewer trips may mean better bargains in 2009 http://tinyurl.com/9ugvsm I’m looking for them!

Because things change, buy and hold investing doesn’t make sense to me, ie: http://tinyurl.com/7dclvk

Happiness Myth No. 6: Money Can’t Buy Happiness http://tinyurl.com/dj8tqj

Read: This Is Not a Test. http://tinyurl.com/cqtnz6

Popular kids make more money when they grow up. http://tinyurl.com/d2888b

Analogy of the economy through the eyes of a third grader huckster http://tinyurl.com/cnt3rk

Reading: Carnival of Personal Finance selections at http://tinyurl.com/d52spy

Timely Announcements:

Suze Orman is on Oprah this afternoon re: her 2009 money plan.

Download Suze Orman’s new book for free. See: http://tinyurl.com/82k5cy

Opening mail – free stuff: $10 off purchase of $10 at OfficeMax (in-store, exp 2/21/09). Wow, anything to get you in the door these days.

IRS is cutting some slack: http://tinyurl.com/82mph6

Banks weeding out customers in neighborhoods hardest hit by economic downturn! http://tinyurl.com/b6fgaa

The (financial) “misery index” by state: http://tinyurl.com/d6euw5

Another housing price & rent spiral: http://tinyurl.com/b4tpq5

A day in the life of a homeless family on Oprah now. No emergency fund? This could be you…

Useful Tips:

Debt reduction: Create a wall chart and update it weekly. Keep an eye on your goal and focus on driving the line on your graph consistently downward.

Eat organic foods: View the extra expense as preventative medicine — as investing in your future.

Buy local, at co-ops, farmer’s markets, in bulk. Grow your own – turn lawns into food.

Need to cut back? Housing, cars and taxes dominate most budgets. Make dramatic cuts to these budget busters first.

Decadence is so passe. Frugality is the new cool. Finally, I’m part of the cool crowd! A frugal tip: shop clothing consignment stores.

Has stock market bottomed? I don’t think so. Too much debt, too much unleveraging, too much fear, too few jobs. Capitulation 1st.

Inspiration:

“A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity. Obama

“It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis.” –Margaret Bonnano

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” Mary Engelbreit

Glimpses into my personal life:

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars. My 2009 moon is to travel for 5 months. What’s yours?

Working on my never-ending to-do list. My mom said, “The only time you’ll be caught up is when you’re 6′ under”. Puts it all in perspective!

DD: My skin is yellow, yours is pink. Can we be presidents, too? ME: Yes, no matter the color of our skin, we are all the same color inside.

I started a creative non-fiction writing class today. I haven’t had assigned homework in years! Oh, my brain hurts…

Me: What do you want her to paint on your face? DD: A horny horse. Face-painter: Say what!? Me: You mean a unicorn? DD: That’s what I said…

My genetic happiness set-point is low. I’ve learned that happiness is a CHOICE and it takes diligent PRACTICE!

Marveling that as of yesterday, I’ve been married half my life!

Stewing over writing part 3 of my “How did I” series (my 20′s) because of some difficult memories. But writing about them is therapeutic…

I was recently interviewed by Retire Early Lifestyle. Read it here: http://tinyurl.com/bgul8e

Sending collection letters to past due customer accounts. Despise this task! Will be contracting for prepaid deposits more now w/ recession.

I’m formulating a new biz idea. So excited about the possibilities that I can barely sleep! This one will be simple to implement, $$$, fun!

One thing I wish I could save more money on? Health insurance. High deductible HSA = ~$1000/mo. for our healthy family of 3.

How much do we spend monthly on TV? $0. Surprisingly content with HOA-provided free basic satellite programming.

New blog posts:

Will I ever buy a home again? What am I invested in? Q&A at: http://tinyurl.com/a2dvzu

Posted: How did I become a millionaire? It started early: http://tinyurl.com/9tcghl

Part 2 of my life story has been posted: http://tinyurl.com/9c8ons

How I became a millionaire (Part 3: My twenties): http://tinyurl.com/bble8j

Part 4 of my series, How I Became A Millionaire: http://tinyurl.com/b2o4gr

Having trouble selling your home? http://tinyurl.com/b37y57

Need cheap date ideas? A Valentines plan? Here are 52 ideas: http://tinyurl.com/btdqfe

Why blogging should be on YOUR to-do list, especially during tough economic times http://tinyurl.com/de7py6

Simple Prosperity: Finding the Sweet Spot http://tinyurl.com/az82eu Great interview with Dave Wann, bestselling author, filmmaker

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If you find my “micro-blogging” tweets interesting or useful, follow me at:

http://twitter.com/MillionMommyND

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie March 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm

This is exactly why I don’t get twitter. I throughly enjoy reading your blog but I don’t even want to read about my family or good friends telling me about newish of doing homework for a fun class, face painting, etc. We are bombarded by information from everywhere and I am trying to simplify my life which means getting rid of vast amount of non-important information that is being thrown at me. I know Twitter is the big thing now but still it is just not for me.

I do hope your Twittering doesn’t take from your writing on this blog for I do look forward to opening your posts when it pops up on my Google Reader.

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Tim Hawkins March 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm

MMND, thanks much for posting this “summary” of your tweets, I personally find it easier to digest in this form rather than separate, diminutive bits of knowledge scattered through time.

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GoEverywhere Team March 16, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Wow! It looks like I have been missing a lot of invaluable tweets from you by not following you on twitter! I am hoping on my webtop right now and adding you. I completely agree that it can be used as a form of mini-blogging.

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azphx1972 March 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm

I wish I had the free time to do things like Twitter. As it is, I currently have 289 unread items on my RSS reader, and that’s just for the 6 or 7 finance blogs that I do subscribe to. I don’t need any more time drains!

I think I’m going to simplify my RSS subscriptions and whittle my subscriptions to just the top 2 or 3 feeds per topic that I have an active interest in. I hate opening my RSS reader and seeing that I have hundreds of unread items. It feels like clutter, which I hate!

I know a lot of people are into Twitter, but I am intentionally staying away from it until I have so much free time that I feel bored.

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Trevor March 18, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I’ll tell you… if there is one thing this post does, it makes people want to follow you on Twitter. Great way to market yourself, if you ask me.

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Millionaire Mommy Next Door March 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I can appreciate the lack of interest some have on using Twitter. I was in your shoes! When I first looked into it, I thought it was the biggest waste of time. But what I’ve learned is this: be selective in who you follow, and don’t feel compelled to read every tweet! If you limit your exposure, it can be a useful, quick way to share bits of information and be alerted on breaking news. Yes, some people use it to spam, but if you don’t follow them it’s no problem.

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Slices of Beauty March 19, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Thank you for so much inspiration, you are one wise mummy.
I work in finance but enjo blogging about life’s beautiful slices!

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Marya April 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I’m still trying to decide if I like Twitter. I’m a slow blogger at heart but I know I have to get comfortable with Twitter!

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