journal project blogs

Public blog posts written by participants in The Journal Project. Names and identifying details have been changed to protect privacy.

Monday, 01 Sept 2008

I do believe I have come up with how I’m going to approach The Journal when it comes my way and I think it may actually be the most cathartic thing I have ever done in my life. I just hope it works.

posted by z.3

Monday 01 Sept 2008

So, yeah, The Journal.

Happily, it’s been passed to me by z.1. I’m excited. I like the idea of participating in a project like this. I’m yet to decide how to approach it, however. How much I want to divulge or how vulnerable I want to make myself.

I want it to be more than a “today I did this, and that” kind of thing. Hello, boring.

But also more than just a “today I felt this, and that” kind of thing. Because doing that right now would only result in pages full of anger and exasperation […]

So, still, I’m not sure where to go from here. Perhaps a brain dump kind of thing is the way to go. Not too much thinking/analysing.

posted by z.2

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I fell into a bit of a ‘today I did this and that’ pattern in the middle of my week, which wasn’t really my original intention. But that’s just coz I didn’t have time those days to write anything more thoughtful.

I’ve never been a fan of unlined notebooks but I grew into it with this one – it makes you feel more free to draw pictures or stick things in or whatever.

posted by z.1 September 2, 2008 2:01 PM

Yeah, no-lines allows room for creativity! (Hence my dislike :S )

posted by z.2 September 2, 2008 3:09 PM

As z.1 said – no lines equals more room for pictures which in turn means less writing. I thought you would like that since you are worried about how much to share =)

posted by z.3 September 3, 2008 3:33 PM

I’m not worried about how much to share. More like “what” to share. IE, what “approach.”

Plus, I can’t draw pictures.

posted by z.2 September 3, 2008 4:18 P

Monday Sept 8 2008

So I’ve one entry left to write. I’ve been a bit up and down about the whole thing, really. I feel a bit disappointed with what’s in it. Like I should have approached it with more of a “concept.” It’s basically just a mishmash of blah. “I did this/I felt that/blah blah/wah wah.”

This is, however, representative of me and where I was at when the journal came to me.

It was an odd week. Full of anger and meh-ness. A lot of my thoughts were consumed by **** and I did not want to pollute the journal’s pages with stuff about him. So, it was a bit of a challenge moving past those thoughts and just brain-dumping. But I guess I did it. I view journals as being representative of the writer… So how could it not be a slice of me? At least of the version of me I was this past week.

Which, incidentally, is what’s bothering me the most. I was a somewhat dissociated and subdued and broken me last week. But I guess that’s the beauty of the project. People who meet me in person will only see a part of me. People who read the journal will only see a part of me.

*shrugs*

posted by z.2

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I felt the same exact way about my week with the journal. I’m in such a different (and better, most of the time) place now, and part of me wishes this version of myself could be represented instead. One with interesting things to say, and some forethought as to how to say them. Not just “ouch, retch, blah, sigh, huh, breathe, ouch, retch, etc…”

but…

>People who meet me in person will only see a part of me. People who read the journal will only see a part of me.

is a beautiful way to look at it.

posted by x.1 September 9, 2008 11:31 PM