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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Through my eyes

Here I sit...

(no, you bathroom poets, not broken-hearted!)

236 journal entries...

2000+ insightful comments...

and 373 days later... 

trying to put it all in perspective.

I honestly don't know what I was thinking a little over a year ago when I sat down to write my first journal entry here on treppenwitz. 

I'm fairly certain that I didn't have a clear game plan other than to try and nail down the flashes of brilliance that always seemed to flit through my ADD-addled brain hours, or even days, after said brilliance ceased to be even remotely relevant.

If you had asked me back then if I thought I could come up with a year's worth of ideas and observations, I would have probably said, "sure... so long as I only have to update the site once every 3 months!" 

236 journal entries is a staggering amount of writing to contemplate.  I've written the equivalent of a nice thick novel here, albeit one with a horribly disjointed story line.  If I'd set out with the goal of doing all that writing from the get-go I would probably have given up after that first entry! 

Maybe that's why there are so many abandoned blogs and journals out there, floating like so much flotsam & Jetsam on the oily waters of the Internet.  Few people can stand up under that kind of pressure.  Blogging/journaling is supposed to be fun! If I wanted to exist under constant deadlines and expose myself to ongoing criticism and rebuttals I would have gotten a degree in English Lit!  Well actually I did, but that's besides the point. :~>

My real point is that if I could offer one bit of advice to fledgling bloggers/journalers (now that I have a whole year of experience under my belt)... If I could impart what I believe to be the secret of making this fun... it would sound something like this:

Let others see the world through your eyes. 

Since you were a child you've secretly suspected that you were special... that you could see things in a way that nobody else could.   Well guess what?  You were right!

This very day your brain processed a thousand unique signals... chewing up each one like sticks of cheap gum, and spitting them out as the flavor quickly faded.  Your job as a blogger / journaler is to make note of those things... to document those people... catalog those experiences... before the flavors have faded beyond your ability to recall and describe them.   

Some time today... maybe even just a few minutes ago... you thought about something that had never occurred to me.  You had a meal or drinks with people I will likely never get to meet.  You saw places and events that I will probably never visit or experience. .. unless, of course, you think to write them down.

To you, all of these things seemed perfectly commonplace... but to me (or anyone else, for that matter) they could be wildly interesting or entertaining.

Already life in Israel is starting to become commonplace for me.  It's not that I appreciate it less, but rather that I don't always recognize the fact that people around the world can't see what I saw today... can't experience what I experienced just this minute... can't understand the humor and struggle of life here.

In the coming year I will try very hard to continue to take my own advice and to share these seemingly commonplace events and experiences... and to allow you, dear reader, a regular glimpse of this beautiful, interesting corner of the world... through my eyes.


Posted by David Bogner on December 28, 2004 | Permalink


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Congratulations both for the journaling and for the loss of another pound. Strong work on both counts. Keep it up.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Dec 28, 2004 9:36:51 PM

Very inspiring description of what you do.

Man, I saw some great things today. Just didn't have the energy or inclination at the time, or later, to write it down.

Keep up the great work letting "others see the world through your eyes."

Posted by: Andy | Dec 28, 2004 9:57:17 PM

David - very glad you perservered!

Happy birthday Treppenwitz.


Posted by: gilly | Dec 28, 2004 10:04:17 PM

Happy Anniversary.

Posted by: Jack | Dec 29, 2004 5:46:47 AM

Happy blogiversary!

Posted by: Dave | Dec 29, 2004 8:53:39 AM

Keep up the blogging. I enjoyed reading this posting.

Posted by: A Simple Jew | Dec 29, 2004 2:43:39 PM

Happy belated blogiversary, David. Thank you for your compassion and for showing us the world through your eyes. You've opened my own, for which I am grateful.

Posted by: Carol | Dec 30, 2004 6:26:33 AM

Reading Treppenwitz in the morning has become a little like my morning coffee: the rest of the day is not the same without it.

Happy blogiversary David. I am looking forward to the next 364 entries.

Posted by: Sandra | Dec 30, 2004 9:40:03 AM

Happy Blogiversary! (and congrats on shaking off that plateau.)

Posted by: Tanya | Dec 30, 2004 10:22:29 PM

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