I was kindly invited to keep a personal diary on the impressive new website, cowbird.com and despite my heavy workload I decided to give it a whirl. The whole cowbird website might pull you in — there are some amazing things happening there, with tons of authentic storytelling, lots of great photos and some humbling reports from the trenches of everyday life. The shared “saga” approach to community journalism is unique, too.
You can find my profile on http://cowbird.com/author/mike-arnzen/
Haven’t been journaling for awhile now, and while I’ve always preferred to keep my daily life private, this still seemed like a good opportunity to get back into writing memoir-style. Plus the name ‘cowbird’ just makes me laugh everytime I think of it.
In his article about cowbird in a recent issue of Fast Company, Joe Berkowicz writes: “By encouraging people to document and catalog these experiences, Cowbird has the potential to become an organic anti-panopticon, capturing the stuff of life that can’t be sufficiently synopsized.”
So I’m going to do this and I’m going to try to keep it authentic, reflecting on things from daily experience, rather than based on imaginary things. Irregular, but steady. Photos will be common. Might use the audio to share some horror things I’ve written once in awhile. I’ll keep it real, but I’m sure it’ll still be as wacky as everything else I write… it is bound to mutate.
Drop by and read. Instigate me to keep it going, because if I don’t have readers I’ll eventually quit doing it.
Posted my first post this morning — about buying a Christmas tree.