At the end of each month I compile a photographic 'scrapbook' of the things that happened during that time using numbers as a way to tie them all together.
After lots of questions about how I recorded my monthly statistics I created a 'How To Record your Month in Numbers' tutorial which you can read here:
I'd love for you to join in, take from the idea and make it your own - if only for just one month.
- I've found it a great regular way to keep track of the big and little things ... and I'm someone who never managed to keep a diary beyond February ...
- Blogging your month this way is also useful as a place to house your journaling, which you can return to at a later date to add to your scrapbook pages.
Join an expanding community of Month in Numbers bloggers:
In January 2012 I set up a Month in Numbers Pinterest board where I pin everyone's posts as a way to keep them all together. As a result, the number of bloggers taking part has grown, as has the number of comments and visits being received by those taking part.
Everyone is welcome to join in this simple way to collate their month's moments and add 'My Month in Numbers' to their blogging repertoire. So, if you'd like to join the growing band of number bloggers ...
Here's the Month in Numbers 'etiquette':
If you write a post and want to leave a link for myself and others to visit and/or pin please bear in mind it has a shared aspect to it.
- When you swing by my blog to drop off a link to your Month in Numbers post - please leave a comment for me while you're there. Not because I'm needy ... but because it feels fair. Reciprocal.
- Please link to my blog in your post. As much as I'd like to think that everyone who reads your blog already knows what 'My Month in Numbers' means... the truth is, they don't. So unless you explain where the idea comes from and how your readers can join you in doing the same next month, they are none the wiser.
- Please take time at some point in the month to visit and comment on a few of the other posts too.
*NEW* There's now official Month in Numbers merchandise with this - the first of a new range - of 'memory-keeping by numbers' printable journaling cards:
The cards are the first of a new range designed by SJ Dowsett and myself and are available to purchase as instant downloads from:
Until you get round to collating your own, here's my life so far, in numbers:
April - a month of rock n' roll wellies, Titanic snacking and reaching my fundraising target
March - a month of friends, fundraising and working around the missing pieces.
February - a place where Vicory Rolls met the shame of a library fine ... all under the influence of silver boots.
January - a month of Monsters, zebras and bowler hats [but no monstrous zebras in bowler hats]
December was filled with food and drink and bunny ears which looked ...wrong.
November a feast of ombre tomatoes, soup, starlings and sandwich-bag-socks!
October featured fleecy flammable uniforms, headless [clay] birds and a panoramic view from my workplace.
September was a mix of genteel afternoon teas and leaks, seepages and biscuits in the bin.
August began in an Olympic manner and involved lots of reading and re-jigging!
July this month there was shredding, history and the outdoor life.
June the Queen's Jubilee then + now, leopard print jeans and a moustache. Mine.
May saw an anniversary, a debacle over a long-awaited book and some 'brown' brown hair.
April saw something of a Spring clean, an obsession with Timothy Olyphant [which lasted beyond April, if I'm honest] and a demolition ... or two.
March was part scone, part lost-chocolate and part foggy yarn-bombing.
February was a month of counting sun rays, reading about a French cemetery and singing 'Aiy, aiy, aiy'.
January - a year's supply of toilet paper and averting a button-twine custody battle.
December - a warm winter, a debut craft fair and an abridged tall tale.
November - marking a blog birthday, a new creative opportunity and a very early Christmas lunch.
October - Skip-rat romance, Plundered Pages and a Purple Phase.
September- Seaside pastimes and a mouse in abag. Don't say I don't have a varied life.
August - Going back in time, wet ears and a squash in the doorway.
July - New hair-techniques, new shoes and new discoveries about pumpkin fertility ... quite an eye-opening month.
June - time travel, shrinking Curly Wurlys and shimmery shoes.
May - a comedian, a notebook coincidence, a lot of Tweeting and ... shoes.
April - a broken mirror, a brilliantly biography and a bad tempered alcohol related rant!
March - it's all about the old this month: an old greenhouse, some even older books and telling a newspaper I'm a year older than I am. Oh and ... a Tweedle-Dum suit.
February - a big book; beautiful boots and a bizarre scratch in the floor.
January - a new year and some new accessories ...like a loaf-tin hat.
December - Big mugs, a blackbird and a problem with ones pipes.
November - Starlings, evil cheese and a bulging 4x4.
October - Pumpkin, plaster and inopportune meringues.
September - ProMarkers, floundering, fabric and hotel gounds envy.
August - Badges, books, postcards and chain-mail feet.
July - Christmas, curries and synchronised sofas.
June - Marigolds, missing pieces and vengeance.