Ladybadtiming PRO 9:48am, 28 June 2007

We’ve been DPDaying for half a year now
And I am wondering …
How you all feel about it
Do you see the exercice differently from the beginning ?
Did it change anything for you ?
Did you change ?
Me, I look at it as some hygienic, addictive, narcissistic thing,
you know :
post the pic of the day before in the morning,
try to keep an open eye all day
(on the day, on what the dayly pic should or could be)
trying to keep the balance between
intimate, shareable and interesting
I find it a bit boring at times, a kind of heavy chore
And then, I don’t think I can let it go
I sure do want to keep doing it until the end of the year
For the heck of it (and what about 2008 ?)
It is part of me now
I used to browse a lot around your topics
I did a lot less browsing lately
Can’t spend so much time behind the screen
There is such a thing as real life
That sort of thing …
We are not as many as we were
The regulars
I didn’t count …
anybody wants to make the statistics ? sB, maybe ???
Well, I am glad I’m here
And wondering what I would do instead if I was not …
I would love to know what you think !
Go ahead an share your feelings
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
I'm really enjoying it!!

This is the only diary/journal thing-a-mie that I've been able to keep going consistantly for such a sustained period.

It's been a great way to help me see things in my day that I normally wouldn't or to capture moments that I would just let slip by.

I've missed pix for some days here and there, but have always put in an entry.

There are only a few people's diaries that I read regularly and I have really come to appreciate their creativity, honesty, wit and just plain random thoughts.

At the end of the year it will be great to go back through the journey to see where I've been, how it has effected my life and where it's going to lead me in the future.
Яick Harris PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Яick Harris (member) 11 years ago
I love journaling. I have kept a journal for almost 10 years now. That means every morning I sit my ass down and write out 3 pages of anything that comes to mind. I find it mentally cleansing, builds discipline and helps keep my creativity percolating.

Funny how it translates to photography. I find a daily diary helps me maintain my discipline in that I take a lot of pictures; I strive hard to find new subjects; and I challenge myself and to learn more about the craft. It also enhances my creativity.

But I am less inclined to write my journal. Which means the benefits I enjoyed from that effort are declining. My writing skills are not as sharp. I found that I wrote more prolifically for my job. I just don't see that anymore. That's more an observation than a complaint.

I find the community here refreshing. I've made some lovely new friends. I'm amazed at the quality of some of the writing. I'm inspired at the pictures I see. In that sense it is self-sustaining; see some lovely pictures, go out and try to shoot the same.

I've experienced both ends of the emotional spectrum. I have laughed out loud at some of the postings. I've also teared up reading of people's losses. It's very positive that people give you an intimate peek in to their lives. That they adorn their words with beautiful pictures gives it more personal impact.

It has all been good. I have taken well over 2,000 pictures this year. So this project has kicked my ass and made me take more pictures (and IMHO better pictures). I'm looking forward to see what the second part of the year looks like. I will make an effort to write more text. That's my goal for July to December.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Wow, you write beautiful words and I agree and find myself in a lot of what you say.

I will admit I was very excited at the beginning of the year to follow the project. Then there other were times when I lacked inspiration and taking a picture was more a "chore" than anything else.
This project has how ever helped me appreciate my life and made me curious to see how our daily routine compares to those of others.
I was expecting my year to transition and head in a certain direction. This month instead it definitely took a detour. I will admit I won't forget June 2007 for some time... but I am curious to see, come December, where I'll be.

Unfortunately I too am browsing less and less diaries, and am also sorry to find that some have abandoned the project, for one reason or another. It goes with the territory I guess and that too is part of life.
I have however enjoined every minute I've spent reading into other people's lives and sharing my own with you all.
It helps me understand myself better when I "talk" to you and publicly share my thoughts, my day, my troubles, my joys.
I've always been fond of writing and wished I were better at it. Some of you are just so artistic and writing comes natural to you... like no effort at all. Others just synthesize their day in 3 or 4 words, yet speak so much through their photography.

I hope to be able to stick to this diary, as the constant need to shoot something new and different each day has really helped me appreciate my photography more and pushed me to train my artistic eye.

I want to thank you for this wonderful thread... it's great to sum up 6 months of work so far... here's to another wonderful six months in the company of my favourite flickrites, the MDPD family!!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
LBT and all the admins (past and present) - I add my compliments to those above. Thanks for extending an idea that now spans the globe.

When first invited to join I liked the concept and could see that it was going to be a task worth trying. Indeed we all know those days where we struggle for a shot... For me the time spent behind the viewfinder is a pleasure and a release from the daily grind. The posting of a daily photo is made during morning coffee most days and that is a time when I am sometimes lucid and sometimes not !

All in all - the first 6 months have been great fun, a learning experience and to be sure a photojourney better than any vagabondage ! let's get on with the second half !

Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
wow !
I don't usually like to read the long posts
but this
those up here
are really enlighting
encouraging, endearing
I love being a part of this !
[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
Dragonhide 11 years ago
What I think, is that this is a cool extended family. We're all over the globe, but we're all sharing a common bond... This.

I joined in April- I got the invite back in pre-2007, and I thought to myself "NO FREAKING WAY" I have never been able to keep a journal of any kind, no matter how much I wanted to, and tried to.

Then over time I noticed I'm sorta keeping a journal on my general flickr ANYWAY, and then this was a natural extension for me. It also helped tho, when a random click through on one of Sexy Swedish Babe's links took me to the DPD, and I saw many of my regular flickr contacts that I have grown to like were already there.

It brought me closer to these I already knew, and made some new friends that I'd never seen on general flickr before.

Cool stuff, this DPD. :)
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
How do I feel about my diary? My only wish is that I had started from the start and that I hadn't missed any days.

I love seeing the differences and similarities in our diaries, how differently other people live yet how sometimes we all share in the same thing wherever we are, like the simple joy of the first blossom in spring. I'm lookinf forward to seeing everyone's Christmases!
alibaba0 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by alibaba0 (member) 11 years ago
I have missed some days - those few days when i did nothing interesting at all - and certainly have a delay in posting my photos - up to one month sometimes, but it can take so much time just to pick the photo to share among the dozens you took on that day, and there's a life out there - but i'm still here and very happy to be. I really like this project, even if i do it rather alone - but as philippe said, this is for me. I'm proud of what i've done so far, i just wished i didn't miss a single day. Well... that'll be the deal for 2008 ;-)

Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
Keep it coming !
I have a confession to make
this seems to be teh very spot for it ...
about the comments I make
I tend to never add a comment on a topic where there are more answers than there is on mine
what do you think about that ?
shameful ?
glad I said it anyway, a lot of weight out of my shoulders :-)

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
i adore my diary and feel affection for the ladies and fellows who regularly drop in and make themselves a part of my week. like Rick, i've always been a journaler. i was attracted by the photographic element of this group's idea from the very beginning, but i'll admit to feeling surprised by how i actually look forward to sharing the picture i've chosen. the encouragement i have found here within these pages means something special to me

another thing that has surprised me about myself on this journey is how very personal i've gotten on several occasions. revealing personal details.. telling a private or painful secret or two.... that's so *not* a thing that i ever expected to do. for me, what i have discovered is that a single thing or a single emotion can loom large in a day ...and if that's a day that i'm posting a photo (i'm a 3-4 days a week diarist) ...then it gets respresented pictorally as well as conversationally

my own thread is more conversational than pictoral and i like that about it. it's true of myself and it makes all kinds of sense that it would extend to my diary. also... i appreciate owning a space where i can be a bit more exhibitionist about all parts of my personality. i'm more than an amusing quipper and i'm more than a nerdy bookworm. i have depth and my diary provides me with a comfortable place to reveal other facets of myself

THANKS LBT AND STAN AND GURU. you made my HL rise with your mad hot diary idea

[public service announcement: HL is an unpatented trademark of LBT. it was used without preconsentual permission, in this case. full credit is offered to LBT now. xo]
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
thanks Glory !
that's a good girl !
What is HL? I am always behind on everything. (Hot licks or hot lips?)
:D I'll add my two cents later.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
HL is Horny Level. that's actually true
Dragonhide 11 years ago
LBT, nah, not shameful... I'm the opposite. I'm bashful in my own topic.. I will talk and talk and talk and talk in everybody else topic and probably annoy them. But when they talk in mine, I usually get very shy. Weird. My flickr stream is exactly like that, too. Oh well....

we're all humans, no worries here
Loca.... 11 years ago
I'm a bit away from the diary, although haven't missed a day yet. Everyday i think of my daily photo and remember some good people and some great friends i met in here. Everyday i feel guilty because i can't find the time to visit them anymore. I'll find the time soon I hope. It as changed me because now i try to take a photo meaningfull of my day, sometimes i just can't, just take any shot and that's it.

Have to congratulat the administs of this group, the one's that are gone and the ones that are with us, because this is such a great idea, and it is very well done.
HL= Horny level!!! Ah Glory you always have your tongue firmly placed in your cheek.
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
i promise that's true! ask her!
laheringer PRO 11 years ago
What's the line from the movie, Airplane?

"I picked a bad time to give up amphetamines"

This would have been a tough enough year without adding a creative project that forces me to restart from zero every morning. :) I look at all the other diaries in a drive-by shooting sort of way, but I wish I had more time to comment.

I feel like I'm doing a lot of raw, unexamined work. I feel very disconnected from my internal editor. And I'm two-headed as to whether that's good or bad — but that does gives me more options on earrings.

geekish girl
jrayfarm1980 11 years ago
I'm actually only 4 months in. The idea of a daily photo came to via a podcast I heard and I thought that was an excellent idea, as I never felt I took enough photos. I sought out this group a few days in, as I wondered if others had the same idea. Looks like others did and in many ways, I feel like we are kindred spirits. I love my friends and I love my family, but they don't respond to my daily photos they way you do, and I think that's okay. I knew going in I would be totally honest here, as that's the only way to live life. But I've surprised myself at the depths to which I've shared. Yet in the midst of a tough year, I've seen and felt true joy.

And have had the honor of documenting it.
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
@ Loca
thanks for thanking us
but YOU do all the work !

@ La Maquisarde
yep HL is my Horniness Level of the day
I promise
you can check it out, it's been going pon for quite a long while now

glad to have you !
not sure I even welcomed you
now its done

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
Glow* 11 years ago
okay, so I'm not a very steady diarist.
at least this year.
I'm having a kind of tough year.
I'm posting again.
I don't know how steady I'll be in the second part of 2007 but it's not a reason not to try, that's for sure.
Sometimes I'd love to share every single bit of my life and sometimes it scares me;I mean some things are intimate and are not made to be read by anybody (I don't want people like work colleagues or family reading my thread !)
But even if I don't make a post a day, it might still keep a meaning in the end, who knows ?
Meelifluous PRO 11 years ago
I was loving it until I went on vacation and got really behind - and now I haven't really gotten back in. . . ugh. . .

But - I resolve to try harder!
eelend PRO 11 years ago
I started this diary thinking that I wouldn't last more than one month. I've never been able to write a diary for more than a few weeks and I felt that it was going to happen to me again.

But I found out that I like this thing a lot. And I know that I like reading your diaries (or just seeing the daily photograph), because I can see the world from others' eyes, I can be in places where I can't travel to... or, like jallen said, because we are a big family.

I don't know. The truth is that you make my world bigger.

Thank you so much for it.
Jissy 11 years ago
My diary hmm its a definite Love-Hate relationship!

- time goes by, sometimes no photo opportunity, taking pics out of desperation, the feeling of stalking out any opportunity all day, all my photostream energy is transferred into MDPD!

- for the accomplishment of seeing it through, the commitment it takes, the extended family that's been built around it, the support and encouragement we give each other mostly the ability to share in these wonderful people's lives, appreciate the diversity in personalities, lifestyle, culture and living life across the globe!

Thanks to MDPD friends for motivating me to see this through- without you this would have been yet another incomplete project ;-)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I think eeland puts it well why I keep coming back. I've never been able to keep a journal, but this is MUCH more than just a journal that nobody reads except yourself. It's so much more here, and that keeps me coming back.
noxious bulb [deleted] 11 years ago
I have not missed a single day since I joined.
This means I have to have my camera on my all day. Some of the pictures I took were really stupid, others almost OK.
Anyhow, it has helped to sharpen my mind and eye for things others might find interesting. Today's picture for instance I would never have taken if it weren't for this group. I have played with virtually all settings of my cameras now, and I know them well after just about two month of using them daily. I like this group, I really do, and I like to read about other people's lives. It's just nice to be here.

Oh, and I like Zakynthos... and statistics... and much more...
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
hm, what can Zakynthos be ?
or who ?
did I miss something big ?
again ?

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
Jissy 11 years ago
the part that i totally forgot to add under my Love category- is the best best thing i love about mdpd is the fact that it reminds me everysingle day that apart from work, i do have a hobby and even if it means stepping aside for a minute to capture a moment - it s potentially a step one wouldnt make other wise!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
LBT - Zakinthos is the island where Rob the greek barman has his cottage ! Good Stuff

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Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
big fan of MDPD - fun and frustrating - like lee ann says, starting over every god damn day - and like jissy, i originally joined hoping the project would drag me out of my daily rut daily -
for me i hoped that would mean outside every day - it has done that to some extent - maybe not as much as i hoped but some, and for that some i am grateful

i feel like im always on the verge of having time to really think and plan things out real life, i figure a lot of it out on the fly - not sure what MDPD will look like by december but i plan to be here...

love that others are also walking hand in hand working on same project even if i dont visit as often as id like - weird if we all just disappeared like magic on jan1 2008....
ebilflindas 11 years ago
So many sentiments, so many echoes...
Yes, sometimes it seems like a bit of a chore, this DPD, but that's usually when I've been gone for more than a few days and I need to catch up. And it's not the diary itself so much as the time it takes to go through the photos, edit 'em, upload 'em...then post 'em.

However...this group has focused my Flickr habits. Before joining, I mostly just stumbled around here and there, leaving comments at random, but never spending too much time in one place (group). As Rick has pointed out in his diary, too many groups are all about gaming Explore and boosting Interestingness, so I was never really active in many. With this DPD, though, it's like JayRay said--most friends and family aren't into my photos like we are 'here'--or like Tim said--we're like a cool extended family--but most definitely like Izas said--you do make my world bigger.
ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO 11 years ago
I love my Diary! I love this project...I think my photography has improved over the year and I can't wait to see where it goes in the next 6 months.
ragged division [deleted] 11 years ago
challenging to the extreme
pain and ecstasy
induced daily
in truth
who could ask for more
Ladybadtiming PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Ladybadtiming (admin) 11 years ago
everybody always should ask for more
of everything !
you know that 9 !
thanks for sharing
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
This is the first Flickr group that I've ever been fully engaged in. Others, I've posted pictures, but never partake in discussion and have never gotten to know the people behind the pictures. The stories, the photo foot notes, the comments, the jokes and comraderie have all become something that I look forward to when I check the MDPD group. I don't always post a weekly photo to the pool, but think that the ones I have posted are representative of me.

The diary has been more of a representation of my life than of my photographic skill or vision. Most days I scramble for something to post because, I've realized, I have a pretty routine existence. I've missed a couple days, and tried not to beat myself up over it, but I'm here for the long haul. I've met an extraordinary mixture of fascinating people here and I'm so glad to be a part of it -- Where else would I have the opportunity to talk to someone in So. Africa, Australia, France, Greece, Canada, Rome not to mention Missouri, New York, No, California, San Diego etc. on a regular basis?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I echo Bella's thoughts... I've been part of a couple groups but none of them really spoke to me. Now here I am compulsively checking the conversation threads here. It's like a second home to me.

It's so cool how we're all over the globe.
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