I read about Blipfoto in The List and thought - I'll give that a go.  I was in the doldrums as regards my photography and I thought that the discipline of doing a daily photo journal might give me a bit of impetus. I've only ever kept a diary when I've been on holiday and I've thought that I sh Read more...

I read about Blipfoto in The List and thought - I'll give that a go.  I was in the doldrums as regards my photography and I thought that the discipline of doing a daily photo journal might give me a bit of impetus. I've only ever kept a diary when I've been on holiday and I've thought that I should do something more to keep a memory of each day - otherwise time just passes and if you don't remember what's happened, it just disappears.

I wrote that a long time ago - at least four years. I've now been blipping for just over five years, so maybe it's time to update it a bit. Here's what I wrote on 1 January 2016 when we were all asked to write about what Blip meant to us (at a point when it wasn't clear if Blip would survive or not):

Blip has changed my life - I spend more time outside of myself looking around, and taking loads of lousy photos, trying to get a half decent one. It gets me to go outside when I might otherwise have stayed in. I often think that however little else I've achieved, at least I've taken a blip.

Blip is also a tyrant - there are days when the last thing I want to do is be bothered to take pictures, but I always do because I think if I missed a day, the spell would be broken and I might give up. I hate getting behind with my journal, which happens quite often - it weighs on me - but it's a great feeling of relief when I've caught up.

My main regret is that I don't get much time to look at other people's journals - it always seems to be past my bedtime by the time I've finished my own journal.