I have decided to start an online journal. Why? Well, for a couple reasons. When I was in high school, I used to love to write, and some (read "I") would say I was even pretty good at it. Afterwards, I kept planning on trying my hand at a couple short stories, maybe even a novel (yeah right), but it never happened. Naturally, over the course of nearly a decade, any of the skills I may have had with words have been seriously compromised. This is a way for me to get back into the swing of things... I hope. I have also never kept a journal before, and seeing as how my memory is getting worse and worse as the years go by (not that at 25 I am claiming to be getting old, but my memory really sucks), I would like to have a record of things I've done, thoughts I've had and experiences I will forget, so that I can look back on them some day and say, "Wow, I really was dumb back then. why haven't I changed?" I am, however, going to try to focus on photography and track my progression through it. In order to know where we are, we must first know where we've been (or something like that, I don't remember where I heard it, but someone or other said or wrote it sometime) So why an online journal? Since this will be on my website, which I have every intention of maintaining for the rest of my natural life (just like I intended to do with more or less every other long-term project I've ever started), I think I will have a little more motivation to keep writing in it. The chances of anyone wanting to read it are small (unless of course my girlfriend wants to refer back to a date or time that she can yell at me about), but you never know. The internet is full of useless junk and writings and ramblings, and for some reason someone is always interested. Like I said, I want this to document my trek through what I hope will be a life of photography, but who knows in what direction this thing will end up (if for some reason you know, don't tell me... I want to be surprised).

And with that, it begins...