One of my new studio routines is to re-read my diaries on today’s date. (Something I learned from reading Thoreau’s diary.)
So, today, for example, when I got in the studio, I went to March 27th of each year 2017-2022 and read what was there. There are almost always weird connections and things worth writing about.
I thought it would be fun to be able to this with my blog, too, which is much older than my diaries, so I used ChatGPT to help me write a WordPress widget that shows me “On This Date” posts from the past few years on my sidebar.
3 posts it turned up that spoke to each other:
2019: Unboxing my copies of Keep Going for the first time.
2017: My notes on a show by Nina Katchadourian, who was a big influence on Keep Going.
2008: “Overheard on the Titanic,” a post that ended up being my most famous blackout poem and opens Keep Going.
“Overheard on the Titanic”
I made this poem on this day 15 years ago pic.twitter.com/LkfHMOhCIs
— Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) March 27, 2023
It will be fun to check the blog every day for the next year and see what comes up.
Exercises like this reinforce my belief in the cyclical nature of time.
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Update (3/28/2023): Today serves me the original “How To Keep Going Talk” from 2018 and “Potential Reactions” from 2015 that made it into the book. And from 2019, “The Page is A Place,” which is spookily similar to a post I wrote this morning, “A journal is a place to hang out.”