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Day 31/365: One month marker [20180131|21:15]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I have made it an entire month into the project without missing a day! Huzzah!

And now for some meta-observations.

  1. Making this a public endeavour has enabled me to put aside time for writing out my thoughts every day.

  2. I no longer feel like I'm missing out on recording things about the children. I have had this constant low-level hum of guilt ever since I went back to work full-time, a sensation I'm sure many people are familiar with, about not spending enough time appreciating the little steps they make in their development. Speaking of which, Humuhumu is very proud of having moved from the "red books" (Stage 2) to the "yellow books" (Stage 3) at school.

  3. I no longer feel like I have to "steal" time from what little the bloke and I have in the evenings to write posts, because mostly I'm sitting down next to him and announcing that I'm going to spend 30-45 minutes writing my daily project post, and he's cool with that and answers work e-mail or reads about the rugby or watches something that I'm not particularly interested in on the telly.

  4. Writing daily posts has made me better about commenting on other people's posts. I feel like my Circle is becoming more active as well, even though I haven't added any new subscriptions this month.

  5. Writing daily posts has also had the curious side effect of making me better at communicating regularly by other means. I've been reaching out to people via e-mail, text and phone with greater ease and timeliness.

  6. At some point I will miss a day, and I am ill-prepared to make peace with that eventuality. I must spend a little time getting my brain to calm down about the prospect.

  7. I'm going to have to declare comment amnesties on some older posts, as the slowly increasing backlog of unanswered comments over this past month demonstrates to me. My apologies. I don't like doing this much, and I need to learn to be better at admitting I've failed at completeness.

  8. Thank you all for reading.


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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-02-01 10:52 (UTC)
I feel like my Circle is becoming more active as well

I definitely have the appearance of being more active at the moment, but I'm actually just as active as usual. I write journal entries every day, but I wait to post them until the photos are ready. When I'm travelling, thousands of photos accumulate daily, and there's no way I'm going to get around to even looking at those until I get back home. I've been travelling pretty much since the beginning of November, which means I'm just now getting around to my photos from Nov/Dec/Jan. So I'm posting a lot of journal entries in batches now that I have the time to get huge chunks of photos uploaded... but then I'm going to Belgium next week, so not only is everything going to go on pause again, but of course I'll be getting further behind again as I add more shots to the ever-growing peaks of Mt. Photo Backlog.

After I get back from Belgium, though, I have no travel plans until May, so with any luck I'll get caught up before then!

I'm going to have to declare comment amnesties on some older posts, as the slowly increasing backlog of unanswered comments over this past month demonstrates to me. My apologies. I don't like doing this much, and I need to learn to be better at admitting I've failed at completeness.

It's only a failure if you believe that every comment requires a response, which... if that's true, then I'm almost a complete failure. The way I see it is, the journal entry is your contribution to this exchange, the comment is my contribution, so now we're done, we've both said something. It doesn't necessarily need to go beyond that, and I certainly wouldn't expect you to respond to one of my comments if there wasn't really anything else to add. Otherwise, if every comment has to have a response, then we'd be going back and forth for weeks with 'yep' and 'agreed' and 'cool' and 'me too' or whatever, and personally I don't think most exchanges need that level of acknowledgement - I know you read all your comments and most of the time that's enough. So if any of my comments are in your backlog, please feel free to let them go, as I wasn't sitting here feeling ignored! :-D
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