[I managed to salve this draft using the new editor; doesn’t mean I’m back blogging, just that I could let this post lose. And, I haven’t visited all the sites listed, yet — hope the links work.]

Although journaling and diary keeping is not specifically a “female” pursuit, these personal records reveal much about the lived narratives of women’s lives.

I’m participating in the National Women’s History Museum’s Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project:

“As America’s national institution for the promotion, interpretation, and celebration of women’s history, the National Women’s History Museum is committed to ensuring that women and girls’ unique voices and experiences are not left out of the telling of the COVID-19 story . . . asking women, girls, and gender non-binary individuals to participate in the simple act of recording their daily thoughts and personal experiences during this pandemic in order to document the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on women’s lives.”

These journals can take many forms: written, voice or video recorded, series of photographs, original artwork. Journal entries could “provide a summary of one’s day, descriptions of the ‘new normal’, coping techniques, explorations of challenges or even moments of joy.”

WomensHistory.org will use the submissions as a “living archive . . . for online and physical exhibits, articles and stories” When the goal of having a physical structure – the National Women’s History Museum – is achieved, the pandemic diaries will “hold a special place.”

If you are interested in participating, visit the project’s website for more details.

A recent email from the organizers included descriptions and links to help with the creative/journaling process (note: I haven’t been to all the places yet myself.):

Postcards from Isolation is an ongoing interactive series.

“Covid-19 was the push I needed.” 

In this unnatural state of isolation, 15 photographers show us the things that bind.

5 tips for building routines to proactively help your mental health.

Reflecting on the Past, Documenting the Present : An Essay on Journaling Contemporary History by Katherine Egner Gruber, Special Exhibitions Curator, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation 

“If you’re anything like me, you sat down for your first day of pandemic-induced teleworking and felt a strong, overwhelming urge to document the experience — to share with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram a photo of your makeshift home office, or make a snarky or startling observation about your new at-home co-workers . . . . In the days since, I’ve felt compelled to document my new teleworking, social-distancing, toilet paper-hoarding life: my cats incessantly staring at me for 8 hours a day; the breakfast I actually took time to make. The list goes on.”

You’ll Probably Forget What It Was Like to Live Through a Pandemic.
Memory researchers say these months will eventually become a blur for those of us isolating at home.

Why Does Writing Matter in Remote Work?

If writing’s not your jam, now’s time to get better. Here are some tips that have helped me.

14 ways people are finding joy (in spite of everything).

Take your journal to the next level with this free weekly webinar: Website Building 101.

No Tokens is a journal “celebrating work that is felt in the spine.”

100 days of poetry is an interactive design gallery.

Artist Shantell Martin talks about how drawing can set you free.