It’s weird, the kind of special memory powers a long-running blog imbues. I forget important things like the birthdays of close family members, the kids’ names of close friends. But by god, I’m able to remember the last time I saw a window cleaner outside my office window.
Found out today that I’ve actually got access to the Browsing and Plugin features, for ChatGPT. Tried out a few things, and ended up asking it about the type of content on my site/blog. The answer was… fine. Not great, but a decent summary of the most recent posts. But the thing I’ve been most excited about… I still don’t…
Something happened recently, though I’m actually not sure exactly when this happened. But apparently, the Amazon ads I have on this site started to appear as larger footer-based ads. And they take up a good portion of the screen!
While parking, I happened to see that there was a Warhammer store a few doors away. Perhaps these aren’t new, but they were new to me! I haven’t seen them in the city really, but then again… I really haven’t been out very much these last few years.
The blog is a weird animal. Part of it is a personal diary, part of it is like a very large notebook of things I want to just save for some future reference or reflection. I don’t even know how many people still have blogs anymore.
Once all the rage in the early 2000’s, I feel like the act of sharing one’s personal life has continued and grown – but fractured into smaller, more consumable pieces of media. A tweet, an Instagram photo, a TikTok video.
This started with a trip to Chinatown with my friend Alex, back in 2003. And I’m happy to say I’ve kept it up since then, with over 200 good days that I’ve shared.
Each year, I look back all the blog posts I’ve made and try to come up with a list of my ten best days. This started after a converastion with my friend Alex, while we were hanging out in Chinatown in 2003, and has since resulted in over 190 entries, tracking my ten best days from 2003 through 2021.
Instead of a caption or comment under each photo, I’m skipping around a lot… and only leaving notes at meaningful moments. Even with this approach, I’m looking at maybe one or two days’ worth of posts, per evening.
I’ve let the blog go a good amount, moving from daily updates to weekly… and I think things kept quiet on here for maybe a week and a half. I don’t think it got quite to two weeks, but it got closer to that than it’s ever gotten.
I’ve picked my best ten days each year, since the blog started. If you’re interested… you can see all the days I picked, going all the way back to 2003.
Well, this was going to be a “this daily blog is starting to feel like a weekly blog” post. But as I was looking back over things, I guess I already did that… back in August.
You’d think that with being at home 24/7, I’d have more time. And in some really weird turn of events, that doesn’t really seem to be the case. I’m thinking now of the adage that work meetings will always fill up the time you schedule them for. It seems like that’s holding true for me, in terms of work.
It’s harder to find meaningful things to post each day, when most days follow the same sequence (computer, TV, sleep). But maybe it’s even more essential to keep this up, to find those things that make one day different from the one before. I had that philosophy regarding the blog, once upon a time a long while ago… and perhaps it’s not being put more fully to the test.
I looked over all my posts from 2019, and created my Ten Best Days list for the year. It was a tough thing narrowing them down, and interesting to note that the bulk of my favorite days happened towards the end of the year.
Ever since 2003, I’ve been keeping track of what I felt were the Ten Best Days of a given year. Since I’ve mostly been consistent in terms of daily updates on this blog… I’ve got an easier time than most, when it comes to looking back on the previous year.