September 13 2000

Wow! There are currently more than 65 participants who will let people peek behind the curtain. Maybe there’ll be as many as a hundred in the end?!

I have a headache. I’m going to bed now.

Behind the curtain

It seems that people are wondering why one should participate in Behind the curtain – a day in the life of webloggers.

I visited some of the participants’ weblogs and discovered this on

“There’s a strange discussion going on on the Dutch webloggers mailing list, some loggers think this has ‘nothing to do with weblogging’. Well… that would be the point, now wouldn’t it?”

I went to the list and tried to figure out what this was all about – which was not easy since they all speak Dutch there!

Jan Willem Swane, who was the first Dutch to sign up for the project, writes:

“Wat ik leuk vind aan het idee is dat het de taalgrenzen overschreidt. Door een dag lang te fotograferen maakt het niet uit of een log in het Engels, Duits, Zweeds of Nederlands geschreven is.”

He was so kind to translate it to English for me:

“What I like about the idea is that it crosses the language borders. By taking photographs for a day it doesn’t matter whether a log is in English, German, Swedish or Dutch.”

That’s something I had not thought of before, but I think it is an important point! And as Garret pointed out, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.

I think the project will be a lot of fun and help people to get to know each other a bit better, to meet new people (whose language one might not even understand), and to get a glimpse of what day-to-day life is like in other countries.