One Third of the Way

I’m now nearly four months into the Day in the Life project, so in lieu of a photo today I want to provide my thoughts on the project thus far and get some feedback from whomever may be out there checking back on a regular basis, either by manually checking or by subscribing to the RSS feed.

So to recap my original intent, I wanted to highlight interesting things about Worcester and the surrounding area by going out each day to take a new picture. In the process, I hoped to grow from merely liking this city to loving it. Through posting the photos, I also hoped to open other people’s eyes to the many things they may have missed, since we are often most blind to the familiar.

Have I achieved these goals at all? First, my plans to take a new picture each day and post that picture the following day have held pretty steady, though I have taken the liberty of sometimes taking a picture the same day that I post it. These in effect means that I sometimes have the flexibility of taking a day off, and I can then catch up to my original plan by taking two pictures in the same day-the first would be posted that day, and the second would be posted the following day. Besides the four days when I was down due to my back surgery in which I posted old photos (I figured I’d spare you pictures of how my scar was healing up), I only cheated once by posting the photo of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial out of order. And even for that one, I had previously taken that photo for this project, but on my way out of Green Hill Park, found the skaters which I decided to post instead. So that was the only post that was viewed out of order. I hope you’ll accept my apologies. I’ll try not to let it happen again.

As for loving the city, I suppose I can say that I am taking steps in that direction. It certainly forces me to constantly be on the lookout for new and interesting things. Given the little amount of spare time I have, I am not doing justice to the parts of the city that I do not normally frequent. But I suppose I have eight more months to fill in the blanks.

The thought of doing this project for eight more months makes me wish I had committed to a more modest goal, knowing that there are people out there viewing this project and leaving comments helps tremendously when it’s 10PM and I still need to go outside to shoot.

So in that vein, I’ll be asking some questions in the days ahead, starting with the following.

1) Please let me know if you’re regularly viewing the Day in the Life project, and if I don’t know you personally, let me know how you found it.

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10 Comments

  1. Posted April 29, 2006 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Mike, I kinda stumbled onto your blog and subscribe now through bloglines.com. As such, I never knew about the project per se. I’ve seen many of the photos but have wondered at times, and perhaps assumed, that some were older photos. So, knowing what you’re really up to is pretty cool.

    Hey, keeping a blog is tough. I feel like I’m lucky if I can post one blog of any substance once per month and do filler stuff (Bruins, music etc) whenever I can. I personally know very little about Worcester, so I say “keep it up, yo!”

  2. Kate
    Posted April 29, 2006 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    I always check! You’re in the ‘Daily’ folder of my favorites.

    Hannah also said that she looks everyday, but she’s afraid to comment because she doesn’t want you to think it’s strange. So I’ve done it for her.

  3. Hannah
    Posted April 29, 2006 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    I was going to comment! I haven’t been home all day. But I have the rss feed bookmarked in firefox, so yep I read your blog! It’s very enjoyable.

  4. Sarah Anderson
    Posted April 29, 2006 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m always checking and definitely look forward to what the picture of the day is going to be!

  5. Brita
    Posted May 1, 2006 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Hi Mike,

    I check most days but once June rolls around I won’t be in school every day- so I’ll probably check once a week. I appreciate your pictures for a few reasons. 1- you just take really good pictures. It is a gift to get to look at life through your lense. 2- I like Worcester more and I don’t even live there. 3- Some pictures will get me thinking about some place in Chicago or in Des Plaines- and for a moment I’ll appreciate where I live.

    Thanks for the pictures. It is fun to have something to check in on daily (although I’ve tried to win one of the prizes- but since I don’t live in MA it is difficult to find the answers- the internet isn’t much help). I think one of your local papers or TV stations should do a little piece on your blog.

  6. Posted May 1, 2006 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    So Mike’s blog is part of my “Google IG” rss feeds. Whenever I go to my homepage, I check if Mike has a new picture. I have learned a little bit more about Worcester (Turtle Boy).

    I will attempt to contact the Telegram and Gazzette about his Blog (our local Newspaper.)

    Go Mike!

    –Tim

  7. Scott
    Posted May 1, 2006 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    All right, I guess that I have to respond at least once and give my brother props on a project well done. I have been checking in on a daily basis during the week and look forward to checking in on Monday when I get three pictures for the price of one.

    It looks as though we will now have more places to check out when we come to Worcester for a visit instead of just your living room and The Higgins’ Armory Museum. Keep up the good work and long live Turtle Boy!

  8. Carole Olson
    Posted May 2, 2006 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I noticed an advertisement of some sort on my way out of the nursery door at church once. Ya know…curiosity and the cat and all…I’ve been reading it ever since. When I first moved here all anyone wanted to do was tell me how awful Worcester was…so I find your Day In The Life particularly intresting. Great work!

  9. Susan
    Posted May 6, 2006 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Though I had my reservations about the daily blog – you won me over. I love it. It gives me a chance to have one glimpse into your day – and for someone who misses you as much as I do – even just a glimpse can mean so much. It’s fun for me to see what caught your eye and what you found interesting. You know I would never leave Chicago, but sometimes I do wish I could crawl into one of your photos, sit back, and soak in the moment that you’ve chosen.

  10. Tara
    Posted May 30, 2006 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Mike,

    You know me from Greendale Dance you’ve been photographing my girls for 3 years so far. I myself take pictures almost every day. I really look forward to seeing your Day In the Life entry everyday. I really got inspired to look in my own town for that shot I’ve probably driven or walked by hundreds of times. Keep the good work : )

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