While wandering around lost in the city of Cork last night I had an idea. A flash of inspiration, as it were. I’ve been wondering how to find a format to make my recent determinations to keep a regularly updated personal diary-esque blog a reality. I think I may have found it. Somewhere around my house I have a tiny little toy digital camera gathering dust. I think I bought it in a bargain basket someplace. It has about a square inch footprint and takes horrible little grainy pictures. It’s something like the sort of camera you find on mobile phones these days, I suppose, but it is even worse on account of having a fixed distance focus and even lower quality images.
Anyway, this little gadget could be the key to regular updates. It’s tiny so I can carry it everywhere with me and take pictures very easily. The trick here is the fact that I could carry it everywhere every day. So here is what I propose: I will take pictures of things that I come across during my normal life. These could be the most mundane things, something in my bedroom or my office, say, or I could take a picture of something that catches my eye on a particular day. I’ll then put this picture on the blog and talk about what it depicts means to me. The diary aspect becomes clear when the picture is of something very ordinary. Over a period of time the cumulative effect should be a good deal of information about my daily life interspersed with my thoughts as I live it.
I understand that this is very likely not an original idea. I know there are people who regularly put photographs up on their blogs (linux.ie has a wonderful example in Donncha) but this is different because the emphasis is not on the picture, as such. The picture serves as an impetus for the blogging. Still, due to the fact that crappy mobile-phone cameras are so prevalent (one might even say endemic) I’m sure there are others who are doing exactly what I’m proposing. Still, I’ve never come across anything quite like this (I haven’t looked very hard) and even if it’s old hat for other people, it’s new to me.
Now I just have to find that camera…