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Keeping a Journal

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Swap Coordinator:ElizabethObviously (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Books  Letters & Writing 
Number of people in swap:88
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:June 20, 2007
Date items must be sent by:July 25, 2007
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

In this swap, you will buy a small notebook or journal! Nothing big or expensive.

Then you will KEEP the journal for 1 month and you write in it like you would a regular journal! These are YOUR thoughts, YOUR ideas, YOUR dreams! Do not writ stuff that you do not feel comfortable sharing off course! The point of this swap is to get things off your chest and let others know that everyone goes through the same things!

You DO NOT HAVE to decorate the pages or anything but feel free to if you like! You should try to write in it every day at least! I know I do not want to fill an entire month with 30 entries and get one back with only 5. You can add poems, quotes on how you feel!

At the end of 1 month, you will send the journal to your partner! Feel free to start your journal NOW and be able to send it out when you get partners! I am making the send by date far off though so in case people join the last day!

PLEASE DO NOT JOIN UNLESS YOU PLAN ON FOLLOWING THROUGH

Rules:

  • Feedback must be a 4.8 or above! If you have lower feedback, I will check and see why and let you join/ban you accordingly.

  • Newbies welcome but you MUST provide a link to a profile! With all the newbie swaps out, there is NO reason you can join one of those swaps and get feedback fast!

  • This swap is international. It is just a notebook you are sending. Does not have to be big at all..

  • ONCE AGAIN-do not join unless you plan on following through. I am VERY serious about this.

You will KEEP the journal you recieve from your partner

** * For this journal, you should have AT LEAST 20-25 entries. The entries should be about 1 page. I really do not want to spend time and effort on a full month of journal entries and recieve a journal with 3 entries...**

Discussion

Gayle 06/ 3/2007 #

What a fun idea! I almost pity whoever gets mine. My life is weird. And confusing.

Must. Write. Legibly.

ElizabethObviously 06/ 3/2007 #

nah!!!! the point is to see EVERYONE's life is crazy!!! and I still owe you a letter don't I???

Gayle 06/ 3/2007 #

Yes, you do! I was going to message you and ask if you'd gotten mine. I gave it to my husband to mail and I never know until it gets to where it's going if he actually did.

hyperoma 06/ 4/2007 #

this is interesting! must it be daily though? or is there like a minimum amount of words in an entry? i used to write lengthy journal entries, but on some days, when i can't get words to come out, i write a quote or something only.

let me know and i'll see if i wanna join! thanks.

embryonichappyperson 06/ 4/2007 #

I joined but I reckon my daily rambling of what I have done everyday will be pretty boring lol! Oh and I got your letter and posted one off last week....

ElizabethObviously 06/ 4/2007 #

and I recieved it today!!!!

embryonichappyperson 06/ 4/2007 #

Wow that was quick...

sweetjewels1985 06/ 4/2007 #

well im going to start mine straight away just in case my little ones decied to make a early apperance into this world done journal swaps heaps b4 i really enjoy them

Artistic 06/ 4/2007 #

Hi all: I'm joining and I'm also starting my journal today. This should be fun!

embryonichappyperson 06/ 5/2007 #

I have started mine today yay!

lovedrunktears 06/ 5/2007 #

I started mine today! *yay!!! This is fun ;) Apologies to my partner in advacne for some silly stuff in my journal :p

ElizabethObviously 06/ 5/2007 #

im writing my second entry right now

dimanche 06/ 6/2007 #

This is a cool idea, and it provides the motivation I need to write every day!

MARY 06/ 7/2007 #

What an intriguing swap! I have so many bits and pieces of journals -- and always feel better when I am writing. It will feel funny to write and send it off, but I am very interested in writing TO someone. Count me in!

ElizabethObviously 06/ 7/2007 #

well it is not necc. writing TO someone...you are ust writing about your everyday life...it is not like you address the journal Dear Such and Such...

lawchick 06/ 7/2007 #

Is the journal supposed to be filled up when I send it? Will I get the journal back with someone else's 30 days, or is this a 1 time thing? Sounds super fun!

Garagebandfan 06/ 8/2007 #

What a great idea! My end of June/beginning of July is far to busy for me to join though! If you host another one, PLEASE let me know! :)

ElizabethObviously 06/11/2007 #

hmmmm....i dunno....would you guys want to return it??? I was thinking of you write ay least 20-25 entries ( 1 month's worth) and then send it out...not recieve it back...but that may be a good idea... WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK????

nicole 06/11/2007 #

i've already started writing with no intentions of getting back the journal. I didn't think this would be something we return.

sweetjewels1985 06/11/2007 #

Not some thing I would want back I'm starting mine tonight I hope my partner dont mind that I have made it myself the jounral that is

ElizabethObviously 06/12/2007 #

i think we will just keep the journal that is sent to us...but if you like you can send the person a note or letter...up to you

nicoleblack 06/12/2007 #

This swap has completely made my day. I love journaling! I hope no one minds my nutso ramblings-- including a few choice curse words, I'm sure. I promise I'll be brutally honest and open in what I write as opposed to "Today Jimbo and I went to the movies. It was a good movie. The end."

user8936 06/13/2007 #

This swap is an awesome idea! I hope there'll be some interesting things happening around here so the person reading my journal won't get bored!

scowlette 06/13/2007 #

i can't wait! i started my journal last night!

julief 06/13/2007 #

I'm really excited. I just bound my first handmade journal and as soon as it dries, I'm going to start writing!

pinkpolaroids 06/13/2007 #

i am soo very exicted about this1:) i'm starting tomorrow.

boatbird 06/14/2007 #

oooh, this is going to be fun. Thanks for letting me as a newbie join :)

Got to go shopping!!!!!

user8626 06/15/2007 #

This sounds amazing!

I'm a newbie, but I do have one rating thus far.

Please let me know if I may join, because this sounds extremely fun. <3

lovedrunktears 06/16/2007 #

Well, i think my partner can keep my journal for good!! (: Although... i don't really think it will be nice if my partner lets like someone else read it, lol.

thiswillbegone 06/16/2007 #

ok.. I'm in this one. to whoever gets me.. my life is really weird, I mean, REALLY!

SharonF 06/16/2007 #

Hello everyone! I do belong to a RR Journal now. The journal is fun...I believe this journal will be laughter, pensive,crying and more! I'll join if you will allow me to.

isisanyanka 06/16/2007 #

I don't think it would be fun to get it back... or to send the journal from your partner back. It would be like sending a unique book or something back...

Maybe you need to decide and then put it in with the swap what we're suposed to do with it keep it or send it back ? Would be usefull to know. ^-^

*looking through all her empty journals to find a cute one *

thiswillbegone 06/16/2007 #

I don't want mine back.. I think this is going to be really fun, I already wrote a whole background of information into what will be taking place in the next month in my life!

Clayshaper 06/16/2007 #

Oooooh, this is a GREAT swap. I hope I 'qualify' (sniffle. i'm trying to get my poor ratings back up. some folks who gave a 1 won't change 'em tho... even after resends... it's frustrating.)... because I am an AVID 'blogger' who keeps a dayplanner too, just to keep everything straight. I would love to have something to urge me to journal a small bit on a daily basis... I think for fun, I'll include my blog entries, and possibly printed out (on the computer, I assume) pictures when I take them too, since I carry my camera everywhere I go, and occasionally get really odd but cool pics. :) (ooooh, crossing fingers) This sounds like FUN!

BarefootGypsy 06/16/2007 #

laughs well... after starting my first entry only minutes ago... I definitely don't want mine back. You can keep it! LOL

lindalee 06/17/2007 #

Oh this is a great idea!! I am a newbie..... I am in several swaps already but don't have any feedback yet. How do I link to my profile? I think it automatically does that when I comment here... Ok I'm very excited about this! :D

user7283 06/17/2007 #

oh my gosh, i LOVE this idea. journals are amazing and I'm so looking forward to this !! I'm off out to buy a new journal to work in now!

x

isisanyanka 06/17/2007 #

I ust remembered why I started typing letters and adresses. I'm sorry I love this idea but I cannot hand write something legible to save my life. sadness drops from swap.

starcards 06/17/2007 #

If you'll let me stay I will do my best. Just joined swapbot today. This sounds like a wonderful challenge, and I would love to share. Let me know... :)

lovedrunktears 06/17/2007 #

Hmm, i was wondering, would it be more fun if our partners wrote us a letter after reading our journals? The letter could be to comment on the journal entries, or to give advice (if there were any problems the writer faced in his/her life) etc...?

thomascl28 06/17/2007 #

i'm so excited about this swap, it sounds so fun! i'll start mine tomorrow since i just signed up for this swap tonight! i'm excited about sharing my silly life, and reading about someone elses!

chelle523 06/18/2007 #

I think it's a fascinating idea! I'm so excited to see how it all turns out. Maybe this will inspire me to keep up on my own journal more often! Peace :)

Meadow 06/18/2007 #

Okay here is my question -- can I MAKE the journal?

I am asking bc I work in digital media and I would definitely do this if I could make it on my computer, then print it off and bind it. I also love scrapbooking and have made books many times. Handwriting probably wouldn't last with me more than a day or two....

Sam 06/18/2007 #

I am loving this swap, I have spent all evening making my book I will be using for my journal. I do feel sorry for the poor person who will get it as I am sure it will be very boring but it will look pretty!

user7682 06/18/2007 #

does the journal have to be a certain length (like page amounts)?

JWJW2 06/18/2007 #

What an awesome swap! Very creative idea! I'm starting my journal today. I agree with the many others that I would not want my journal back. Can't wait to get started. I'm hoping this will get me in the habit of continuing to journal after the month is up. :)

ElizabethObviously 06/18/2007 #

YES you can make the journal..i sure hope i get yours then,...lol

Length wise...i think at LEAST 20 entries should be done...in fact im going to make soem changes above

CuppieCake 06/19/2007 #

I just joined today and I love doing these types of things. I've done 3 before with pen pals and loved it :)

CuppieCake 06/19/2007 #

If anyone would like to do a journal swap one on one message me!

user2769 06/19/2007 #

Are there any limits on what we can write about? Like if the journal were a movie would it have to be PG? PG-13?

julief 06/19/2007 #

I'm having so much fun journaling so far - I'm trying to glue in something (a clipping or picture or something) for each day, too.

ElizabethObviously 06/19/2007 #

no limits on what you can write..just write what you are feeling,s thinking...lol this is NOT a creative writing swap..this is simply you being you

Tazmaniac87 06/19/2007 #

i just signd up today. i do hope i get to join, this is a lovely idea!!!

Clayshaper 06/20/2007 #

Oh yeah, this is proving to be a challenge for me too! My handwriting is horrible (which is why I print out all my 'letters' to pen pals!) and I have to be careful to not ramble on and on, or else it begins to get unreadable. (the handwriting... I dunno about the entry! (laughs!))

So far, the only thing I'm embarassed about is the SILLY journal I am using... (laughs) I got it in a swap, and didn't know what I would use it for... it was perfect for this tho! ...at least, if you ignore the fact that it's a cutsy disney book with pink flowers on a blue cover with Tigger on it. (tee hee) Not quite the manly-man choice I might have made... but it's the perfect size- and hey. Why not. :)

Tazmaniac87 06/20/2007 #

ooh no, just hit on drop swap when i wanted to click view. . . im such a cluts lol

user9129 06/20/2007 #

I'm interested but I'm a newbie so what exactly do I have to do with that profile? :$

omabluebird 06/20/2007 #

Oh dear, my reader may be bored to death, mine is not an exciting life. Maybe some excitement will come up or I will just have to make something up (only kidding)

ElizabethObviously 06/21/2007 #

if you feel you have horrible terrible very doctor like handwriting feel free to PRINT your journal entries out and tape or paste them in the journal...and rambling is GOOD!

lovedrunktears 06/22/2007 #

i would actually like my partner to hand write my entries! but if you've printed them , etc, etc... it's ok!!! Looking forward to receive your journal!! :D

bluecrayons 06/23/2007 #

Quote from clayshapers post- Not quite the manly-man choice I might have made... but it's the perfect size- and hey. Why not. :)

doesnt hurt to use it for this one. since i think all are girls in here. one might just really enjoy it..

boatbird 06/25/2007 #

I'm using a loose-leaf binder (A5 size..) for this one and adding 'interesting' pages (ie photocopies and backs of leaflets etc) I will decorate the binder too and add lots of stuff- hope this is ok, I wasn't sure how many pages I would be writing!!!!

CandyStar 06/26/2007 #

I'm sad I didn't get to be clayshaper's partner. -pout-

On an unrelated note - omgawsh I'm actually JOURNALING every DAY... this is impressive for me. I'm one of those "journal for three days with huge entries... journal one day for like 2 sentences... then dissapear mysteriously for about a year and a half" journalers... hahaha. And anyway... my attempt at self-therapy was supposed to include journaling at least 15 minutes a day and I never did because I lack motivation (thus the therapy - OH THE VICIOUS CYCLE) and ... yeah. grr. So this is actually SUPER HELPFUL.

-Jesse

earthnk 07/ 4/2007 #

Dear Journal Partner, Boy are you in for a ride! I was accepted to a sleep study. It's paying me 2K which is cool but the wires oh my gosh the equipment they have hooked me up to the last few nights, oy! Lemme just say I hope you can read my ramblings(lol)

earthnk 07/ 4/2007 #

Oops! I meant 2G's.....sorry

ScarletT2344 07/ 8/2007 #

As of 7/7/07, have completed 30 Day Journal. Mine is a visual art journal using images, collage, song lyrics, poetry, etc for all 30 entires. I hope to get it to the Post Office to be weighed and mailed some time between now and next Saturday.

dimanche 07/ 9/2007 #

sent to joanandemma!

scowlette 07/13/2007 #

sent my journal to cindynvb!

ScarletT2344 07/14/2007 #

Mailed Journal Priority Mail this afternoon (Sat 7/14) to Jen.

CuppieCake 07/16/2007 #

Im almost done with mine. There are a few journal entried but mine or mostly quotes and random drawings very colorful

junemoon 07/16/2007 #

Fruid -- I'm sending out the journal momentarily. I feel very sorry for you being faced with my handwriting. Don't stress, if you can't read it I'm sure you'll miss no pearls of wisdom. Just please don't rate on penmanship.

boatbird 07/17/2007 #

Mine will be close to the send by date- I've done about 20 entries but I'm not happy with the binder... might have to make some covers or something for it out of decorated cardboard and ribbon or something. I've used my journal as a complete venting ground and I apologise in advance for the bad language it contains!

JWJW2 07/17/2007 #

Leigh=MC² - Your journal is heading out in the mail tomorrow and coming from North Carolina. Hope you aren't too bored! :)

Artistic 07/17/2007 #

Lindalee -- Howdy partner: A package is en route to you via Priority Mail. Enjoy!

CandyStar 07/18/2007 #

Hahaha I randomly had to work a lot of hours becuase a bunch of people quit and I ended up skipping a LOT of days... I don't ahve 20 entries yet, so I might end up sending on the due date. ACK! Not good.

My journal seems raelly super boring to me.....

-Jesse

earthnk 07/18/2007 #

Knitnerd I mailed the journal to you today.

isisanyanka 07/19/2007 #

my journal went out to Poggy123 let me know when it gets there. ^-^

TíaBel 07/19/2007 #

I just have to say this has been a great project! Mine pretty much chronicles my descent into Swap-bot obsession. I'm trying to write some "sidebars" now so you won't get too bored with my "I signed up for this and hosted that and next I'm going to make the other thing" entries.

thiswillbegone 07/23/2007 #

mines going in the mail tomorrow. :) I had to wait till pay-day so I had the money to send it!

boatbird 07/23/2007 #

Sent mine to Erin :)

zebra3175 07/24/2007 #

Hi Mere, my journal is on its way to you. I hope you enjoy it.

Tryph 07/24/2007 #

Wow - this was a tough assignment for me! I found it difficult not to write to someone -filling in missing info - etc. I tried not to, but I know I slid back into it from time to time.

So - CHAPPYKAT - it'll be in the mail by the end of today!

honeyspur 07/25/2007 #

Kay - I sent your package out today :)

BarefootGypsy 07/25/2007 #

chelle523, I mailed out my journal to ya today. It's kinda a modge-podge of quotes, ramblings, poems, and pictures. Hope you enjoys it!

firebirdgirl65 07/25/2007 #

Artistic Your journal is on its way today

donsta 07/25/2007 #

hi all mine will be a bit late as have to wait to get paid. will let partner know now!

user7283 07/26/2007 #

Betsy i have put your journal in the post this morning. There have been a few postal strikes in the UK, so it might take a little longer to reach you than normal xx

TSheartTC 07/26/2007 #

Nicole Black - Journal is on it's way to you from Colorado - Sent it out July 25th, 2007. :)

ScarletT2344 07/27/2007 #

Received Julie's journal yesterday. I am speechless with amazement at the content. Diary entries, pictures, recipes, two music CD's. It is a masterpiece. Thank you, thank you, Julie, for the time and effort you put into this project. Thank you to the host, for the project. I am ready to do it again!

joanandemma 07/27/2007 #

Apologies to all - I am going AWOL for a bit. Last Sunday, July 22, I took a tumble on the front stairs of my apartment building, badly injuring my foot (not broken, thank God, but deep tissue damage - hurts like a B%^&*). I am currently a miserable piece of baggage, trying to learn to use crutches and doing very little else. I will be offline and trying to keep up with daily living. Some swaps will be late, I have dropped what I could. I expect my perfect "5" will wither but it can't be helped. Please don't be upset, current swap partners, my swaps will be a bit late out but WILL go out, esp one for little girl (items have been purchased and will be packaged an mailed by Emma and my Dad). Will be back once I'm mended. Take care, :) Joan

boatbird 12/18/2007 #

I didn't get rated for this swap- I never know if something has or hasn't arrived the other end without it. I tried contacting my partner but she didn't respond....

Clayshaper 01/23/2008 #

I just sent mine out- about as late as a swap can GET. (I hadn't marked it sent or anything, cause I left swap bot, and when I did, I left a few swaps unfinished. I'm not coming back or anything, I just actually MEANT to get those out, and hadn't. So. no time like the present.)

At least it's out there now. :P

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