DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: MY 350 DIARIES 1979-2022 FULLY DIGITIZED
Digitized Diaries 1979-2022: A Reflection
February 3, 2023 – Constantia Oomen
After 54 days of hard work, I have successfully digitized all 350 of my diaries and got rid of over 100 kilograms of paper by donating them to the wheelie bin for the Friday trash pickup in Davis (hurray!). However, I kept the early childhood and high school diaries, and special diaries, such as poem diaries. Spanning from December 1, 2022 to January 23, 2023, on most of the days I worked for an average of six to eight hours a day, capturing images of each diary page, and any loose or semi-loose items that were in my diaries, with my iPhone14ProMax. The process was both challenging and cathartic as I alternated between reliving happy and painful memories while doing so.
I was able to rediscover my old self, who was both joyful and depressed (I was kind of surprised to discover this very happy side of me of the past), and saw my life flash before my eyes as I imagine people do on their deathbed or shortly afterwards. My diaries revealed the most frequent themes in my life, the majority of which revolved around relationships, romantic and consummated and unrequited. Despite the depth of content of the diaries (one diary literally weighing over one kilo by the way), my diaries provide great entertainment value, offering an overview of my life from this bird’s-eye perspective.
In a nutshell, my 350 diaries chronicled my as many ups as downs, my dreams and out-of-body and astral experiences, all my relationships, my reflections on the wickedness of people and the state of the earth and my marriage to Jeroen and my everlasting Rob Nanninga love story. Initially, I considered publishing all my diaries while omitting too private details (like full names), but I changed my mind when I started reading the content about my marriage. Roughly speaking, from 2000 the diaries become less suitable for publication because, and this is quite obvious, right?, the distance to past events is getting shorter and still can reveal secrets for some people. I don’t want to cause unnecessary waves: the purpose of this review of my diaries is always constructive, to see the value of meta-reflection as well as always having access to (personally) important information. I will publish childhood, high school, and diaries of my student days and working career until about the turn of the century, while omitting family names (I have to look into this). And of course I already tell the Rob Nanninga story in great detail online.
This is a first selection of my digitization journey, featuring standout items like drawings, intense diary entries, poems, photos, and postcards that literally fell out of my diaries. I will publish my diaries and parts thereof on my new WordPress domain constantiaoomendiaries.wordpress.com , stay tuned! I am immensely grateful to my former self for this invaluable gift of having a detailed and reliable access to my entire life, now fully digitized. Please swipe through and click on the image for the explanation or translation. This specific collection is not chronological, but most dates are provided.
Who was I then? Apparently, I was a Goddess of Love. And this time around, I’m not going to hide it.
🇳🇱 Gedicht van Constantia
🇺🇸 Lyrical work by Constantia
🇳🇱 Gedicht van Constantia
🇺🇸 Lyrical work by Constantia
🇳🇱 Kopie brief naar mijn vader (ik was 21)
🇺🇸 Copy letter to my dad (I was 21)
🇳🇱 Zeer bijzondere Rob Nanninga encounter
🇺🇸 Very special Rob Nanninga encounter
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Dieser Blog ist auch auf Lion Hearts und Leeuwenharten erschienen.
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Nach Rob Nanningas Tod fing ich an zu überlegen: Gibt es noch einen Seelenverwandten von Rob und mir auf der Erde? Seit Rob und ich mit der Darkwood-Neofolk-Musik angefangen haben, begannen meine Gedanken in diese Richtung zu fächern. Könnte es sein, dass Henryk Vogel aus Darkwood unser Seelenverwandter war? Die Auswirkungen der isolierenden Pandemie machten mich extrem einsam und ließen diese Einsiedlerin aus ihrem Schneckenhaus kriechen. Ich fing an, ihn fast ausschließlich über Darkwoods Facebook Messenger anzusprechen. Dann begann sich etwas sehr Seltsames zu entfalten. Er antwortete ein ganzes Jahr lang nicht. Zu meiner großen Freude tauchte bei Facebook gelegentlich ein “gesehenes” Auge mit Datum und Uhrzeit auf, aber gegen Ende nicht mehr. Diese Lesestatus lassen sich übrigens…
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Welcome To My World
NEW DIARIES WEBSITE LAUNCHED!
Weekly new diaries and/or diary selections are added. The first 13 integral diaries have been launched along with 2 specials.
December 11, 2022
This is the last straw. Elon Musk is now actively promoting Donald Trump on Twitter this weekend. Mastodon is no option (it feels so dark in there, just dark, not dark dark), so I will start writing some updates here, have to figure out how to proceed. This was cycling around lovely Davis today. Bought a colorful wreath at Trader Joe’s. Hope it will spread joy and bring good luck! And wow, do you see that Lion’s head in the sky at the Dave Pelz Bike Overpass Bridge photo? It’s Rob Nanninga, roaring and laughing! Always there with his love and support.
I photograph and digitize in this way my +-350 diaries these months, so there is no factual chance I will or could get bored. I am creating physical space (and mental peace!) this way.
January 29, 2023
A new blog is in the making and yes, even a new website is booked. Finalized digitizing my exactly 350 diaries on 1-23-2023 (yes, nice double, huh) … Enough material to fill an entire website. Stay tuned!