Thursday, March 27, 2008

consistency is not my name

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I've been trying to get a grip on this whole blogging thing. I've read that if I want to keep readers around, I need to be consistent about putting posts up. I'm not so good at consistency.

As I was talking to Jude last night, Elizabeth hauled out one of my journals and dragged it to the middle of the living room floor. "Is that your handwriting?" Jude asked. "I thought you wrote straighter than that." Thanks. Only on a good day. She opened it to one of the few pages where I was scrawling hurriedly across the page. I flipped through the book to provide evidence that yes, I can write in a straight line when I feel the wish to do so. I also happened to notice dates on some of the entries.

I skipped all of 2006. I only had a little bit for 2005, and my lone entry for 2007 is one I tried to complete at the beginning of 2008, but I gave up on it. Consistency is not my strong point, unless you look at it over the long-term. Maybe I'm like the stock market in this regard - you gotta stick with me as a long term investment.

I decided to dig out my oldest "diary" in my possession. I started writing in it when I was about 11 years old. That's what 11 year old girls do - keep diaries (as opposed to the journals that we old people keep). Even then, I obviously knew that keeping any kind of schedule on writing was chancy, at best. My second entry concluded with, "see you in the near (or late) future!" I also had already established a parenthetical fondness, which continues to this day. Unfortunate.

Anyway, I thought I'd include a transcription of my first entry in my book, just for fun. (As written, except where names have been changed to protect the innocent.)

this is my first entery so i dont really know what to right write. K my cousin has been here scince Saturday after noon. today played a game with play money from monopoly and wheel of forturn. I ran the bank and a store where you paid $1.00 for 5 checks. J ran a grocerie store and a store with other stuff. K ran a store with odds N' ends.

Nice. They improved significantly after that. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up the pace, and learn some consistency for once in my life!


Anonymous said...

ah, but I see at least one instance of consistency mentioned right here in this post. Your parenthetical fondness!!

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