Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project has made a life’s work out of researching happiness. Unashamedly copying her, I use this blog to share thoughts about being tidy and organised.

Some years ago I went to a performance of West Indian steel drumming and the leader of the drummers  made a speech about what drumming means in the West Indies and how it gives many people something to do with their lives – lives that might otherwise have been quite ordinary. And I thought: I know exactly what he means: journalism did that for me. So, paradoxically, this blog is a bit untidy. It also contains my thoughts about the journalism profession, which I currently practice at at IOL*.


As a  journalist: Online, print, editing, writing – you name it, I’ve done it. I just never got to cover cricket matches. At home, I’m a wife and mother, sewer and gardener, baker, reader and drinker of wine. Fan of Bruce Springsteen and Terry Pratchett. In both places, I make a lot of lists.

* Of course, none of the views expressed anywhere on this site are those of my employer.

Renee Moodie

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Renee
    I’ve just read your column It’s the reader, stupid and what you were saying about stories and our deep need for them struck a chord with me. I work for Nal’ibali, a reading-for-enjoyment campaign. We insert reading supplements into our titles and each week run a column about reading and writing. I know we work for competing media houses, but I wondered if you would be able to write a column for us? Please mail me if you are or if it wouldn’t be a conflict of interest. Thanks and kind regards, Leizl

    1. Hi there

      I’m sorry to have taken so long to reply – I wasn’t getting notifications of comments and so simply missed it. I’m flattered by your offer but I do think it would be a conflict of interest – really sorry!


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