Dates my dating journal
I used to carry a mini tape recorder around with me everywhere I went to document the happenings of my life and interview the people around me – family, friends and complete strangers on the street.I frequently added ticket stubs to what’s become a two-foot-high stack, chronicling the thousands of bands I’ve seen over the past 20 years.I was sure I’d found the promised land when I started blogging in 2001.For the first time ever, I could combine all of these media into one project. You should date them because if you choose to leave your journals behind for others to read, they will need this crucial information. You should date them because if the day you are documenting was important enough to scribble three long hand pages about, it was important enough to pinpoint in time.Standing at the foot of a stage, bathed in lights and sound, the bliss was sullied by my knowledge that I would need to explain the perfection away when I got home.
It’s time to stop this senseless epidemic of undated journal entries and get you folks writing a few numbers at the top of your page.
Yet it wasn’t important enough to write a simple string of numbers at the top of the page?
It was so inspiring that I didn’t sleep that summer. But then several years ago, I began to wonder if my obsessive desire to document my days was interfering with actually experiencing them.
It was around the same time I decided I didn’t want to be a music journalist anymore.
I have been creating a multimedia archive of my life since I was 6 years old. When my photographer dad taught me to use an SLR camera, the archive evolved into chronological photoessays.
I added video a couple of years later when I inherited a second-hand camcorder.