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Thought Provoking Journal #2

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Swap Coordinator:thatzghetto (contact)
Swap categories: Random Items  Challenges  Letters & Writing 
Number of people in swap:43
Last day to signup/drop:December 31, 2008
Date items must be sent by:February 2, 2009
Number of swap partners:1

This swap will provide a list of 31 questions. You must choose at least 20 to answer including the first question that is required for all swappers. Some of the questions will require you to express beliefs that are not shared by your partner so this swap is not for those who are easily offended. Different religious and sociological ideas may be expressed and there may be cursing in some journal entries. If any of these offend you please do not sign up for this swap. All answers must be submitted to your partner in a journal format. You may choose to decorate your entries but it is not required. The journal itself may be store bought, or it can be handmade. All journal entries should be a minimum of two paragraphs.

The Questions

  1. Describe yourself (be sure to include your name, age, where you live, hobbies, etc.)

  2. What are your best and worst personality traits?

  3. Take the lyrics to a song that has really touched you and post them with this entry. Then use lines of the song to highlight how/why you related so strongly to it.

  4. Do you have any tattoos? Would you like to get any? What have you had done, or what would you like to get?

  5. What are three goals you have set for 2009, and how do you plan to accomplish them?

  6. What have been your best and worst swap-bot experiences?

  7. How did you meet your best friend? Why do you think you get along so well?

  8. How has the recent economy affected you and when do you think it’s going to get better?

  9. What is the scariest thing you've ever lived through?

  10. What has been your best vacation to date?

  11. Write about a belief that you have discarded. What changed?

  12. Describe a situation where you wish you could go back in time and say something different. What would you have said instead?

  13. What is the best time you've ever had with your family?

  14. What is the most romantic day you've ever had so far? If you haven’t had one, what would you imagine it would be like?

  15. What is something even your closest friends would be surprised to learn about you?

  16. What is the biggest lie you have ever told but were never caught? Why did you tell it?

  17. Write a poem that uses the following words: teeth, purple, feather(ed), train, school, emotion(s), climb, luggage, waterfall(s), bid.

  18. What are three “nevers” in your life? What are three “always”? Why?

  19. Where do you go to seek “me” time in your day to day life?

  20. Who are the people in your life that bring you joy? How do they do it?

  21. How have you changed from the person you were 10 years ago, where do you see yourself ten years from now?

  22. What is something that others may find ugly but you find beautiful? How about vice versa? Why?

  23. What book could you read over and over again? Why does it speak to you?

  24. If you had to start your life over completely with just the contents of one suitcase, what would you pack?

  25. Which holiday do you wish would be removed from the calendar and never celebrated again? Why?

  26. What current trend or style do you just “not get”?

  27. Do you think that the law should be tougher on crimes that are committed against children, even in cases of theft or other petty crime? What if the defendant is also a child?

  28. What is the kindest thing a stranger has ever done for you? What is the kindest thing you have ever done for a stranger?

  29. If you have children, what is one thing you would change about them? If you don’t have kids what is one thing you hope they won’t do?

  30. How are you secretly cool?

  31. What event are you most looking forward to in the next year?


  1. A Minimum of 10 rated swaps that required you to send stuff (no e-mail or internet swaps allowed in that count)

  2. A 4.8 rating or higher.

  3. No one with recent (within the last six months) 1's, or 3's. If you have any current swaps that are a week or more overdue you cannot join the swap either. If you feel you have been rated unfairly please pm to explain before joining and there may be an exception.

  4. You must answer at least 20 of the above questions, including question number one. All answers must be at least two paragraphs. Any extra questions, entries, or artwork you want to add are welcome but if you don’t meet the minimum or don’t answer the first question you will not have met the swap guidelines.

  5. All answers must be done in a journal.

  6. I reserve the right to ban anyone from the swap that does not meet the guidelines, has a long delay between their last login, or appears questionable for any reason. You may or may not receive a pm before you are banned but if you do, you will have 24 hours to respond to any questions.

  7. You can not rate your partner down because you don't agree with their answers as long as they meet the swap requirements.


shelleym 12/12/2008 #

Wow, these questions are even better than last time!! I'm in!

shelleym 12/12/2008 #

Wow, these questions are even better than last time!! I'm in!

AynE 12/12/2008 #

Oh, dear, you've sucked me in with this list. I anticipate a bunch of late nights and cramped fingers. And yes, I will include chocolate. Thanks for including the question about tatoos....btw, my coolness is never a secret, I just am....tee hee hee

tkoufus 12/23/2008 #

i am in!!! what an awesome set of questions. i cant wait to get started.

DBlalock 12/26/2008 #

I'm so sorry I am having to drop out. Maybe next time!

DBlalock 12/26/2008 #

I'm so sorry I am having to drop out. Maybe next time!

Susi 12/26/2008 #

This is a very cool swap idea. I like it's thoughtfulness!

maybesomeday 12/28/2008 #

oy! i wish i wasn't a newbie, this swap sounds wonderful. there are some great questions here.

Cakers 12/28/2008 #

This is a fantastic idea for a swap and such perfect timing for me. I've already been doing TONS of thinking of late so this will really be a sort of catharsis for me.

Much thanks. :-)

JennyCouture 12/30/2008 #

do you have to answer the questions in order (besides question 1)?

thatzghetto 12/30/2008 #

The questions don't have to be answered in order. Just whatever moves you. :)

SkippyMom 12/31/2008 #

I don't understand the journal aspect....the questions are fine and interesting, but they aren't going to comprise more then a few pages for me [at 20 questions] so what exactly are the requirements for the "journal"? Even if I could write an entire page for each question....does 20 pages constitute a journal?

Just curious, as I have never done one and would like to join, but would like to know the parameters first.

SkippyMom 12/31/2008 #

PS - just wanted to add..I write pretty small - but if we were allowed to type it - then two paragraphs [min] per question could feasibly fill up...well, 20 pages.

Thanks :D

jennifercobler 12/31/2008 #

I am REALLY interested in this but I am new here...I am a moderator for yahoo groups though....can I participate? I am finding it hard to participate here because all of the swaps you need scores...but I am new???? Thanks for considering! -Jennifer

thatzghetto 12/31/2008 #

You can type your "journal". Basically it just needs to be bound in a booklet style in some way. If you handwrite your journal you don't have to fill every page. In fact some people like the blank pages at the end simply because they can continue to journal after you.

cbpoole 01/15/2009 #

I'm enjoying doing this quite a bit, I look forward to sending it off to my partner when I have completed it! :D

Artistic 01/30/2009 #

A journal is en route to my partner in San Francisco. Enjoy!

Tracy 02/ 3/2009 #

I sent on the 2nd, but forgot to login and mark as sent!! D'oh

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