October 1st, 2006

i'm ready for my close up mr demille

every day I write the book

A NEW FILTER


liken my LiveJournal to the bands who say they make music they want to hear: I try to keep a journal that I'd want to read. Over the past year and a half, I've stuck with that principle and overall I'm happy with the content I provide. Rather than writing every time something or other pops in my head or about every little detail, resulting in multiple entries per day, I've tried to provide things which were somewhat succinct and with purpose.

The problem with this is that, I spend inordinate amounts of time on polish and craft: editing as I go, moving sentences around, playing with syntax. Then there's all the linking for photos and what-not. While I'm pleased with the final result of my journal overall, and I don't mind the work that goes into writing an entry, I've found that there are lots of things which occur in my life that I wish were documented. This was my original intent for this journal, and while lots of things do get documented, a LOT doesn't. I want to, but sometimes it gets put-off because of time constraints. Pretty soon it's been several days and now there's something else that JUST OCCURRED that I want to write about. Basically, I've got a journal I'd like to read, but it's not completely the sort of journal I like to keep.

I first thought that maybe I needed another place to do this. I could write in an offline journal, but what's the fun of that? Besides, I have my laptop with me 90% of the time. I considered starting a second journal or a blog outside LJ, but neither of those really appeal to me: I like having everything in one place. Instead, I decided that I would begin keeping a daily log of my actions, movement, random thoughts... whatever and dump them into a single Semagic entry throughout the day. At the end of the day, I will make a single entry with this brain dump. All of this daily dumping of "I did this, I did that" would probably bore some of you to tears. I know it would me, that's why I don't keep a journal like that. (No offense to those of you who do.)

That's why I'm creating a new, elective filter called "daily_log". If for some reason you WANT to read this mess, just let me know and I'll add you. Edit To Add: I've added everyone to this filter. [/Edit] If at any time you would like to be removed from it, just let me know - no hard feelings. Basically, I will be writing for an audience of one: myself. I won't waste time writing back-stories, explaining things, or embellishing things. This isn't to say that it might not be entertaining, or amusing, or... whatever. But I'm not doing it with that intention, I'm just documenting my daily life as a supplement to the usual content. Feel free to leave comments, ask for clarification or further informaton about something.

I've made a set of guidelines for writing my daily logs, which I may tweak as I go:

1) Observe time of day and location each time I write in the log
2) Do not edit-as-you go. Do not edit previous time-segments. Any corrections and caveats must be made in subsequent segments.
3) No photos and a minimum of mark-up/style (including no LJ cuts).
4) Do not be "audience aware", all that matters is that I know what it means. I don't care that y'all don't know what it means (no backstories, etc)

That's it! Behind the cut is a sample of what you can expect. It's my log for 9/30/2006.


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