Two years ago I did a project called ‘Everyone Else’ where I asked a handful of people from around the United States to write me something honest about their day. I thought it would be interesting to learn comprehensively about how different people experience and react within the same moment in time, so I picked a date and had people just write as honestly as possible about their day. It was that simple. As soon as I compiled everyones stories I fell in love with the results and knew I needed to conduct this experiment again, but on a larger scale. The thing is though, I didn’t know enough people at the time, and nearly all my acquaintances were the same age.
Thus the reason I’m writing to you. I am now looking for 50 participants to commit to writing me a short letter about their day once a year, on the same day every year, for five years, with the possibility (but not requirement) to extend to ten years. If you are interested, you’ll pick a pseudonym and write anonymously at the end of June 15th every year (beginning this year, in 2014). No photographs or anything, just text. But other then that there are essentially no rules. It doesn’t have to be prolific or contain any deep secrets, all I ask is that you just reflect and tell me anything you want to about what you experienced.
Once a year, at the end of each day of writing I will compile them into a pdf so each of the participants can read their entries amongst 49 others- I kind of love the idea of my participants becoming acquainted with 49 other strangers and following the development of each others lives for 5 years. At the end of the project I will be compiling all of these into a free pdf online but would like to make physical, bound copies as well.
And if you’re interested or want to ask questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org