The Journal Project

Sharing lives through the process and art of journal keeping.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Holy Moly!

May I just say I never dreamed this little idea of my would receive the reception that it has. I am amazed and humbled and honored. Wow! For any of you who requested to be added to the participant list by either commenting or e-mailing, I'm planning on trying to get you added by the end of the weekend. I've tried to get back to most of you in order to let you know this already but I haven't had a chance to touch base with all of you. In light of the explosion of participation (yeah, yeah, yeah) I'm having to rethink a couple of the aspects of my original idea. As a result of having to make these minor tweaks I don't think I will actually have the project going until the week after next. This week will be focused on getting the participants organized. Next week will focus on presenting the game plan (which I am bursting with excitement over) and working out any glitches that any of you might see. And then I hope the following week our journal will finally hit the road. Before we actually get the journal going I am going to attempt to contact each one of you personally (by e-mail or blog comment) just to ensure you're still on board. If at any time you decide not to participate that's totally fine. I know how life can get--I have a 3 year old! Just please let me know so that I can get you removed from the sidebar. No biggie. I'm going to continue to add participants as long as there's interest so it's never too late to join. And I want to be sure to reiterate that you DON'T have to be a blogger to join. You just need some way for us to contact you (e-mail address) and some way for us to get the journal to you once it's your turn (home address or PO Box). That's all you need. I also want to make sure you know that everyone is invited to join. If you want to participate but think there is an obstacle that may prevent you from joining (i.e. distance) just e-mail me and we'll try to work something out. There's enough bright, brilliant minds and gorgeous, generous spirits out there that surely we can come up with some way to make it happen if we just do a little brainstorming (Thank you Wenda for reminding me to think outside the box.) If you want to be a part of this, I want you to be a part of this. We'll make it happen.

Until next time...

TTFN

Monday, May 29, 2006

Welcome

Welcome to The Journal Project blog. This is where I will post any updates and instructions, as well as answer any question regarding The Journal Project. If you aren't familiar with the Journal Project you can read all about the beginnings here.

This week I am trying to get the list of participants organized in order the get our traveling journal started on it's world wide adventure. I have posted the names of the participants on the sidebar. I tried to gather all participants names from the comments on the original post and any e-mails I received regarding the project. However, I am prone to error so if you do not see your name on the sidebar please leave a comment so I can fix the error. I don't want to leave anyone out and it's not too late to join. If for some reason you're not on the list of participants please know it was only an oversight on my part. The interest has been overwhelming and because of that it's been a bit difficult to keep up with everyone.

In other exciting project news, the fabulous Swirly Girl is on board and has generously offered some of her Swirly Girl journals to anyone interested. She is asking $5 for each journal in order to cover the shipping costs. She only has 20 journals available so it's first come, first serve. All payments will be made though PayPal. If you're interested e-mail Swirly at christine@swirlygirl.com.

In addition to promoting the use of journals as a source of healing and self discovery I also want to use this sight to offer journal prompts and journaling resources. On the sidebar I am trying to collect an on going list of published journals as well as books that are helpful with the journaling process. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on this topic please let me know in the comments.

Finally, once I have ensured that all the participants are linked on the sidebar I will give the first instructions regarding this exciting project. I am overwhelmed by the interest in the traveling journal. By the time this journal has made it's rounds it ought to be bursting with goodness. The question has been asked what I plan on doing with the finished project and if I would try to get it published. I haven't really thought that far and am certainly open to any suggestions any of you have.

If there are any questions or suggestions please leave me a note in the comments. Your assistance in creating a journaling experience that is life changing is so very greatly appreciated.