Blogging vs. My Internal Clock
Posted December 13, 2010on:
I’ve been working at On Co-op for two months and sixteen days.
This occurred to me just today, and it came as something of a shock. I feel like I’ve been working here much longer than that. This is partly due to the welcoming atmosphere in the office, which had me feeling like one of the gang in a matter of days. It’s partly due to the hectic time of my arrival–in the past month I’ve been through Gala, overseen the launch of a new website, crafted a holiday guide, started a series of videos, learned a myriad of new skills, etc., etc…. And it’s partly due to the mind-bending nature of new parenthood, which tends to be discombobulating even without the addition of new job-hood.
But mostly, I blame the blog.
Blogging regularly for the last two and a half months has pushed me to a new level of self-reflection, in service of creating what I hope are interesting posts. I have to find new and exciting tidbits from my life twice a week so that I can inflict them on the internet. I usually save this kind of reflection for my bi-annual existential crisis, but now it’s happening bi-weekly; that means that I’ve done a lot more looking back, and thus the beginning of this internship looks a lot further away than two and a half months.
It’s an interesting experience, particularly for a writer; it’s a bit like turning your life into a collection of short stories.
But despite the distortions in my sense of time, the clock on the office wall still seems to be ticking, and news keeps flowing in, so I’ll move on with more co-op news:
Good tidings for co-ops and local-foodies this week, with the Eastern Ontario Local Food Co-operative receiving a hefty sum from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to promote the co-op and local food in general. Congrats and keep up the good work, EOLFC! (You can see the other laudable grant-winners here.)
And for those more interested in sowing and harvesting knowledge, check out Cultivate.coop, a wiki devoted to co-op information. It’s a great place to find out more about co-ops–and if you already know everything about co-ops, it’s a great place to share that wealth with others. They’ve even got a blog for those who want a look behind the scenes; the most important ingredient in the creation of a wiki, it turns out, is cake.
You can learn so much in two months and sixteen days.