Thursday, July 27, 2006

Journals: the old schooler’s blog

I’ve discovered that the creators of the 1000 Journals Project have created a continuation project creatively called the 1001 Journals Project.

It was probably inevitable since all one thousand journals had been sent out and not much new was happening with the existing ones. Most of them had stalled at some point or another, and it’s been sad to see that only one journal has made it through all its participants and returned to be showcased.

I guess that’s why I’m still on the fence about whether or not to sign up for this new incarnation.

I was so excited about receiving one of the 1000 journals since the sign-up lists filled up insanely fast. I, along with a few my friends, poured quite a bit of time, energy, and honestly, a lot of heart into those pages. So it was painful to see it get lost along the way and never live up to its full potential. I’m not sure if it’s stuck in someone’s stack of books or buried in some landfill somewhere.

Plus, this new edition just seems so much more uninspired. There are a few new features and probably better tracking but it’s essentially the same thing.

A new feature that I’m not in love with is that the journals can be constructed and created by anyone. One of the greatest things about the original series was the consistent format with amazing art created for each edition of ten. The creator commissioned well-known and up-coming designers and artists for the covers, which made me so envious that I never got that chance.

I guess I could jump at this new opportunity but I’m so soured by the last go-around that I don’t think I’ll take the plunge this time around.

Luckily, I submitted scans of all the pages so far from the journal that was mailed to me so I can reminisce if I want to.

NOTE: Hey this was my 100th Post! Woohoo!

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