Monday, January 16, 2012
So in the mad morning internet dash this morning, I hopped onto FB, the usual course of events after checking the email accounts, the press accounts and catching up on the fake Yahoo news . . . and what do I see? This link here shared by Kedra Hart of Opus Oils, a blog post by Glass, Petal, Smoke blogger discussing 'olfactory and gustatory' journaling. "You'll have 365 scent memories worth cherishing that will last a lifetime" ~ and I immediately thought, this is exactly what I've been waiting for, the sign. I am a huge fan of Julie Powell's blogging escapade in which she stakes a claim on the blogosphere with '365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen', not to mention Hollywood's rendition of the book with perfect casting and the appropriate amount of sentimentality. I've been wanting to do a blog *slash* olfactory journal with depth and a capacity to teach the reader something about scent detection and how to properly conduct a love affair with their noses/sense of smell. The problem for me is that I often don't dedicate enough time to sitting down and writing a useful blog post on olfaction, whereas a journal, this substantive, tangible thing, something I can toss in the backpack and write in during breaks at work or while sitting somewhere smelling, something no one gets to judge (until it gets posted) could be done with a few months' head start on the blogging so the continuity, once the posting begins, isn't broken. 365 days. That's a lot of time to dedicate to a whimsey. Well, not a whimsey. A project. One year, one nose.