On Board With the3six5 Project

By Mike Maddaloni on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 04:00 AM with 2 comments

the3six5 logoImagine a journal where for an entire year where each day is chronicled by somebody different. If you can envision it, or even if you can’t, you can follow it starting in January, 2010 with the3six5 project.

The idea for the3six5 came from Daniel Honigman and Len Kendall, 2 fellow Chicagoans who come up with a lot of great ideas. When I heard they came up with this, I had to get in on it.

In their own words, this is what the3six5 is all about:

Everyday for 365 days, a different person will write an entry about their experience that day. It doesn't have to be about a specific topic, the key is that it somehow relates to what is happening in the world that day and how it relates to them. By doing so, starting from January 1 to December 31 of 2010, we will have a snapshot of the entire year, told from the perspective of 365 individual voices. 365 days will be made available and volunteers from across the country will be able to pick a date of their choice. There is no guarantee that any day will be better than others, because no one can predict the future. Regardless if the selected day in 2010 brings something newsworthy, everyone has a short story to tell that will help create the experience of living through a year in this country.

Each author will write a 250 word reflection which will be posted to "lifestreaming" site Posterous. Posterous.com was selected over a typical blog or website because of its simplicity and its ability to distribute content across all the major social networks. You can access this page by simply going to www.the3six5.com. If all goes well, my dream would be to publish the posterous stream as a book. I suppose you could call it a crowdsourced journal of 2010.

Where it’s first-come, first-serve for dates, each day of the year means something different to different people. By people, located in all parts of the world, writing a short reflection after that day happens, in the end there will be a unique journal for the year.

I will be writing an entry for August 19, 2010. I have also made a contribution – US$5.00 – to the fundraising to make a book of all the entries. I will not receive any compensation for this project, which is fine as money is not why I am involved in this. Being one of 365 people contributing to this body of work is thrill enough. There are still dates available, and details on the project and information to signup is available on the site.

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