Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Journals – Into Infinity 2017 by Janet Gogerty

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This is the first of the four posts that I have selected from the archives of author Janet Gogerty about keeping a journal. As some of you will have seen, I have been sharing the letters I sent to my parents in the UK when we lived in Texas for two years. It has brought back so many small details that have been forgotten over the last 32 years and, a journal I kept during my weight loss journey 22 years ago evolved into my first book. So I am definitely a fan of keeping some form of record of our lives, even if it is photographic.

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Journals – Into Infinity by Janet Gogerty

Do you keep a diary or resolve to keep one every New Year? Many years ago I was given a five year diary which lasted at least a decade of good intentions and still has many blank pages, but it does record some major life events; if anyone can ever decipher the tiny writing crammed into the allotted space per day and year.

In more recent years I received a handsome note book blissfully free of dates. I vowed to keep a journal for the purpose of preserving the art of handwriting and recording family history. Released from the obligation of daily jotting I would devote several pages to important events and places and people visited. I haven’t yet recorded Christmas.

But I am onto the third gift journal. Each entry begins with a few neat sentences but quickly deteriorates into a cramped scrawl, especially if I am lounging with my feet up on the sofa. I imagine the diarists of old would need to sit upright at their bureaus to be able to handle their quill and ink.

In the unlikely event of me becoming a famous author posthumously, will my family be tempted to burn these diaries and journals to protect my reputation? If they bother to look at them they will find no scandal (there is none to help in the fame stakes), no salacious details of non writing activities at home. Hopefully my jottings will be a unique personal account of everyday life in the early years of the Twenty First Century.

And which will last longer, the paper books or this Blog? When I needed to look up a previous Goodreads blog about the River Thames I typed in ‘Janet Gogerty Sandscript River Thames’ and up it came, from over three years ago; will it be there forever? Will our WordPress Blogs float through the ether into eternity or only until the internet is switched off?

Like radio waves going on forever into space will the billions of words on the internet still be out there somewhere when the whole infrastructure collapses and the electricity is switched off for good? Will our Facebook posts and e-mails be accessible to clever alien archaeologists or future earth scientists? If so then, Greetings from 2017 A.D.

©Janet Gogerty 2017

How about you… do you keep a journal?

About Janet Gogerty

I have been writing frantically for 10 years and still enjoy being part of two writing groups. I am inspired by anything and everything and enjoy writing about ordinary people; but usually they find themselves experiencing strange events! When I was encouraged to tackle a novel my daughter suggested I use my short story ‘Brief Encounters of the Third Kind’ as she wanted to know what happened to Emma, whose fate had been left in the air at the end of the story.

The novel became a trilogy, Three Ages of Man and finally Lives of Anna Alsop, published in March 2015.I enjoy writing fiction of any length and have had many short stories published online. I have just published my fourth collection of short stories Someone Somewhere which includes two novellas. I also write a regular blog ‘Sandscript‘ at Goodreads. My website long ago took on a life of its own with new words and pictures regularly; visit to read short stories and other items.

A selection of books by Janet Gogerty

One of the reviews for Quarter Acre Block

I can remember the winter of 1962-63, also known as the Big Freeze. It was one of the coldest winters on record for the UK. The temperature plummeted and lakes and rivers froze. The sea actually froze in a few places, something I never expected to see!
Blizzards and the freezing cold probably had most of us dreaming of living somewhere warmer. I know my mother did.

She had heard about this new scheme where you could travel to Australia to start a new life and all for £10. That must have appealed to many people after suffering through that particular winter. I was only a child then, and don’t remember why we didn’t go, so when I saw this book all about a family who did go, I had to read it.

I followed this family as they made plans, packed up their belongings and travelled all that way. I discovered what it was like to find yourself in such a vastly different environment to the UK, and found it all fascinating.

The early arrivals were given a quarter Acre block of land to live on, which is a substantial amount of space, practically unheard of in the UK unless you had pots of money.

Read the reviews and buy the books:

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Thank you to Janet for allowing me to share posts from her archives and I hope you will head over to explore them for yourselves.  Sally.




28 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Journals – Into Infinity 2017 by Janet Gogerty

  1. Thank you for this piece, Janet. I have to share a beautiful story about my mom, who passed away about a year and a half ago at the age of 92. About five years before her passing, she had to move into a care facility. I would go to visit her twice a week, and as her mind declined these visits became more challenging. I would tell her about my day, her grandchildren, or anything I could think of that she might be interested in. Then one day I thought about dragging out one of her many old diaries. She would listen intently to the words that she had written so many years before. I doubt that much of it registered, but it made me feel good to share this with her.

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  2. I really enjoyed this post, Sally and Janet. I did some research on the internet and how long it would last post an apocalyptic event and it wasn’t actually very long. All the spam and other emails would most likely overload the system and force it to shut down without human intervention. That is assuming, of course, that AI hasn’t taken over.

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  3. Excellent find from Janet. True, we never know who will be interested in our writing when we leave this world. And like Janet, my journal that contain fleeting thoughts and incidents trails off too. If I write an entry that turns into something more, it becomes a blog post, lol. ❤

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  4. I have a whole suitcase of journals (loose-leaf pages in duotang binders) from the 1970s to 1990s. After that, I lost the habit. Every now and then I think about having a look at those old journals, but then I ask myself if I really want to get reacquainted with my younger self. So far the answer is No, and the journals remain unvisited.

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  5. I have kept a diary for years someone always buys me one as a Christmas present and I write in it every day a habit taught to me by my dear aunt Iris…I would be ok if I ever wrote my memoirs which is highly unlikely too explosive…haha…A lovely post 🙂 xx

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