I’m so excited to share with you that this quarter I am helping Julia out with the Day In the Life Round up! Julia is about to have a baby boy (any day! maybe this second! send good thoughts!!!) so I am going to collect everyone’s posts and share them this time! I’m just going to copy and paste the details from Julia’s posts below, make sure to check the dates and email address below!
The Details (from Julia):
Any time from today until July 23rd you should record your day in detail. That gives you over two weeks to decide on a day!
It can be as specific or as general as you want. I personally tend to record these days as a note in my phone, including specific times of day as I’m psychotic with details. Totally not necessary for you to do the same, as simple is probably better and means it’s less overwhelming! I try to jot down quotes from the kids, to mention my thoughts as things are happening, and to keep track of the nitty gritty details in a day. I would probably remember enough if I just sat down and tried to type it all a day or two later but I don’t trust my mommy brain *that* much. So a note on my phone is a must for me.
Snap pictures as you go along, the easiest method being with your phone but if you are feeling extra energetic, a ‘fancy’ camera also works for a post like this. Sometimes just taking a screen shot of your phone to remember the time of day, or an email you read, the weather forecast, et cetera is helpful as you write up the posts. I also like the seemingly random pictures of messy houses, meals, receipts, pets, the scenery from your parking lot spot, your house, and so on. Making collages for your pictures is helpful when it’s difficult to choose which images to post (always a serious issue for me). Again, get as detailed or as general as you want with the pictures, but I think the mundane details are what makes these posts interesting. Don’t forget to get pictures of YOU in this post, either. Get your friends and family involved. Maybe purchase a selfie stick (I just got one and you can bet your butt I’ll use it this time!) but step in front of the camera for this post.
My method is that I just email myself the iPhone ‘note’ from the day, and then I paste it into my blog post as a foundation. I’ll go back and clean it up, elaborate on thoughts/events, and make sure it’s written in English instead of just abbreviations from my note. Then I will add the pictures after that. Whatever method works for you though, as there are many ways to write about a single day in your life!
It’s a lot of fun to read back on my own posts, and it’s also quite entertaining to read everyone else’s day. If you want to play along this quarter, here is what to do:
1. Record any day from now until Sunday, July 23rd. Type it up and turn it into a blog post. You can do it!
2. Email me the following to liz <at> ellieandaddie <dot> com by July 23rd at midnight:
*your blog title,
*your location (state or country is fine),
*the link to your post,
*attach the file of the photo you want to be featured in the round up post.
*optional: give me your Instagram name, perhaps I will attempt to tag everyone over there if extra energetic.
3. I will post everyone’s link and picture by July 26th here on my blog. Get the popcorn and clear your schedule for this one!
I love reading these posts from women all around the world, and encourage you to try it even if you aren’t a blogger. And it’s definitely not just for mommy bloggers, either! You could turn these posts into a photo book, you could let them live online if you have a blog, or you could just look back on them and reminisce about the glory days once life settles down a bit more (ha!).
I will do these quarterly: January, April, July, and October. USUALLY, you can expect to record your day and post about it in the first fourteen days, send it to me, and I will continue to post the round up by the twentieth of those months.
So pick your day (or week) and get to it!
I’ll be posting this graphic on Instagram later today so make sure to tag all your friends so they know when and where to go to send their posts! Thanks!