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Whenever I even so much glance at my front page, my eyes always drift to my featured journal, which, no matter what the subject, grows more and more outdated with each passing day. Almost on a daily basis do I think, "Man, I should really write a new journal," and then it doesn't happen until... however long later; usually a long time.

So yesterday I had the random idea to go and read my old journals; I've written so few that I very easily navigated back to the first journal I'd written on dA, back on the 20th of May in 2010. And I started reading them in order; my reflections on my P90X experience, writing about it every Monday. And then missing a week three weeks in and writing it a couple of days late. And then writing it a week late. And then it turned to two journals a month. And one journal a month. And then finally averaged out into one journal every two months. And the subjects varied.

It's fun reading them; brings all sorts of flashbacks. Not the bad kind, though! I take care not to write about anything particularly negative. The weird part is that I don't recognize myself much in the REALLY old ones. I hadn't realized how my writing style changed, as well as my whole attitude in general, specifically before and after The Animation. I mean, I knew that it'd impacted me a LOT, but I never realized that it was so... significant, so noticeable. The entire process is kind of a blur to me now; I can't say I remember what happening during it aside from stress and pressure and frustration and pressure and STRESS.

I kinda wonder, though, why I don't write them often anymore. And... when I do write them, I ponder what sort of significance an event has to have in order for me to write about it. What kind of things inspire you all to write journals? What kind of subjects do you tend to tell about? I'm really quite curious.


And, to finish off, my usual plug. GO READ QUASICAKE! <3


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MiharuShiro Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually what really changed in my journals is the frequency: back then I used to write every other day or so, now I log in every once in a while. I noticed too that my writing style has changed, that's a funny thing to see! I feel kind of awkward reading my very first entries. Hehehe XD of course it changes as you grow older. They were also full of smileys and icons. I still like them, I just forgot all the codes XD
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applePAI Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
Heeee XD Isn't it neat to look back? <3
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MiharuShiro Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kind of awkward but neat ♥ XD
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Elokoin Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would write a ton of journals at a time but I find bitching on the internet to be very unproductive.
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applePAI Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
I do as well.
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Kultasuu Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I kind of have that same proplem with journals...xDD
Never know what to write in them. :'D
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applePAI Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
XD /HIGH FIVE
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Aoi-Rikyri Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
When I read my past journals, especially those years back, it's pretty embarrassing seeing how I used to type. I was such a wannabe OTL

I never know what to type lol. I always get the feeling I'm boring people, so I'd type a heck lot, and not ever submit it.

...Except once in a while when I see my journal's like months old.
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applePAI Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ahah XD saaaaaaame.

I do the saaaaaame thing ;v;
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Zaleho Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i looked at my old journals and they made me want to delete them, so i did xD i dont make many journals here on DA... just loads of them on my friends-locked LJ :V cause i hate having my stupid rambling in public very long, i guess? xD i always think theres a lot to write about... i write ALL the time on LJ but DA is more watchers than friends so i guess i think people here are more likely to not care what i write :V so i just dont bother lol. LJ i write about anything on my mind, from spam to real life to thinking about whatever subject is on my mind that day. DA journals... i dunno :V i guess theyre just as random but posted less often to avoid making my inbox too big xD my DA journals are pretty self-censored, too. LJ is where i let it ALL out |D
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applePAI Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
Fascinating~ XD
I can see where you're coming from though, yeah, with the whole watchers vs friends thing and being more selective about what's written.
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midorishina Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Haha that's very true xD. I once read back my journals and the descriptions in my old deviations and I too find it surprising, because I never knew that there's so much that's changed xD. My writing was such a typical Japanese wannabe n00b LOL *shot hard*. I'M SO GLAD I DON'T WRITE LIKE THAT ANYMORE LOL.

I...am kinda the same way xD. I look at my journal and I go "I need to write a new journal", but when I have an empty journal in front of me and my fingers poised over the keyboard, nothing comes to mind. There's just...nothing new to write about I guess? And I didn't want to write a useless journal and have people see it in their messages and go like "wtf is Midori writing omg wasting my time D<". So I end up not writing any at all xD. Honestly though I think my subjects tend to be very simple and then end up being expanded as I write. Usually I just wanted to write about a significant event and add in some details about art and/or story and then it ends up being more than that xD;;;
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applePAI Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
LOLSAME.

I see I see~ I find that your journals are always nicely put together, though xD easy to read.
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Nemara-Lovestring Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Idontevenreallywritejournalsmyself =T The last journal I wrote was about my birthday and yeah xD I too should write more journals 8D
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applePAI Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
XDD Birthday is easy to write about~
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Nemara-Lovestring Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes it is xD ~
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AJ333 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Um... I do a TON of features... and contest promotion... and um... sometimes personal updates and once in a while funny irl stories :meow:
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applePAI Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
XD AJ always has interesting journals~
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AJ333 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I try, I try... =P
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FireFistAnne Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Heheh, reminds me of whenever I read my diary entries =u=It's quite strange to read past memories... It's like seeing a whole different person, right?

Ahh, well... I write journals... whenever I feel I have something important to tell? Or maybe sometimes to just talk with people, or perhaps just as something to upload if I don't have any artwork to share. Idk, I guess it all depends on the situation =u=

... Almost feel like making a journal right now... because I think I'm getting sick X'D *DEAD*
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applePAI Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
INDEED. I was really surprised.

Hhhhm~ =v= intriguing ~

SICKNESS NU D8 DON'T GET SICK /tosses orange at
:orange:
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FireFistAnne Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Yeeeeaaaahhhhh =u=

Well I feel cold and weak, kinda achey, and Kitty says my forehead is kinda warm... *takes orange =u= <3*
Oh yeah, Kitty says hi... 'cuz she's staying the night at my house~ X33
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applePAI Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
ohmy ;___;

HI KITTY
DON'T LET ANNE GET SICK
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FireFistAnne Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
"OTL

Kitty says "I'm trying not to, but I can't control that u.u"

UGUUU- *HIDES UNDER COVERS* jdekscgfvxqw@Alkjfdvq@deh1fh
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applePAI Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
D8 FEEL BETTERRRRRRRRRR
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FireFistAnne Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
... I ammm nowwww~ I was finally able to warm up, thankfully, and only has headache~ =u= Still gonna have that orange later from PokeCino <3

... B-but now Kitty's getting chilly ;uuu; I-I thik we'll be fine, however~ >u<

... Kitty says, "Marry us, Pai. It'll be the best thing that ever happened to you~ 83"

... *SHOT*
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applePAI Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
ORANGES 8D

FFFFFFFFF--
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