A while ago I was looking back through some of my old journal entries, something which I’m sure many of the long-time journal author’s do, and I found the first entry that references my 10G set, just as it was getting started, which I made right around 10 years ago in May 2009.
The thing that struck me in reading that post was how much of that information I’d forgotten in the intervening years.
I remembered that the 1875 was the first coin purchased for the set. I had not remembered that I stumbled upon the 10G series and that coin because I was shopping for 1875 dated gold coins – a year I apparently picked out because of a, in retrospect, rather bizarre feat of mental gymnastics. I had not remembered that Gary (gherrman44) had linked me to / shown me the PCGS MS67 that I ultimately bought.
If I had not written that down myself, I don’t think I would have ever remembered it, and I’m not sure I would have believed some of it.
Sometimes reading my old journals is fun. Sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes… the stupid. It burns. Sometimes reading the old entries feels like reading the thoughts of a different person. Sometimes I really wish it was a different person.
There are days when I wish I could split my journal, the old from the new, possibly using the day / time when the system switched over to the new format in 2017, because I feel like my perspective and my voice has changed so drastically since the last time I was more active in the 2007-2010 period and there are things I said and positions that I took back then that I would not voice or agree with now. There’s also an odd problem with some of the old journals whereby some punctuation marks have been replaced with “?” throughout the post. There’s an old post from 2009 that I’m pretty sure I called “Thanks!” That now reads, “Thanks?” I came across that and thought, “What? Well that seems a little ungrateful of me…” Lol
Still, I suppose that, too, is in the nature of a journal maintained for a long period of time – and you take the good with the bad.
Mokiechan accomplished something akin to that (splitting off and starting anew) by just making a new account but that’s too drastic for my liking. While it is tempting some days, I wouldn’t have wanted to just lose / burn / orphan my old posts and content and lose that part of my history on here.