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Updating and Backdating
November 8, 2009 — 5:58 pm

We hadn’t had our shiny new blog for long before we, once again, became apathetic about posting new material in it. I know I tend to write less if Justin isn’t writing anything, and I suspect it’s the same for him if I quit posting. It’s easy to fall into a consistent lack of productivity that feeds on itself.

For the last couple months that Justin has been in Afghanistan, he’s been sending out group email messages to a variety of friends and family, updating everybody about his travels and travails. I suggested a few times that he should post some of them to the blog, because they’re interesting enough to be part of this permanent record, but he never posted anything. When I suggested this again a few days ago, he revealed that he’s had trouble logging in to our blog interface from Kabul, and proposed that I add some of the stuff he’s sent out instead.

So was born the already lengthy and ongoing series “Dispatches From Afghanistan,” which currently has 27 entries. I backdated each of the entries to match the date and time at which he sent out the emails, the first falling on Sept. 4. After I’d finished posting them all, I updated our archive page as well, so even the entries that get pushed off the front page can still be located and read.

As I’ve added all of Justin’s dispatches during the past few days, I’ve found that the addition of his content to the site has once again stoked my own initiative to add to my own side of the blog. So, stay tuned for more — until the next time we go into update hibernation.

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