Baptism by Fire - joined a Blogging Challenge

I think I must be out of my mind....I ran across the "Ultimate Blog Challenge" on LinkedIn on Jan. 5, the challenge had already started on Jan. 1. I thought to myself, "Oh, I can do that. I can catch up to make it one post a day, sure." I realized that I could look back on the past 5 days and see where I had used handwriting analysis every single day. But let me add: I have never blogged before. And it seems like most of the folks competing in the challenge have at least a CLUE about what they're doing. Well, that's me....just jump right into the deep end! So let's hope I don't do anything TOO idiotic while I'm attempting to learn this blogging thing....
I thought it would be fun to blog daily, because frankly, I'd had this thought in my head that I should write about handwriting analysis every day for a year....why? Because people often ask me, "When papers come across your desk, do you always analyze them?" and I had to answer, "Yes". I find myself using this skill practically every day, it has helped me SO much in many ways since I've been learning it....and I'm all about the practical uses of handwriting analysis in your everyday life, so this is perfect. For me. I hope it gives you some insight as well.
So in order to catch up, I'll have to make some posts that will catch me up to the "1 post per day" rule for the Challenge. I can make the posts numerous times in a day, as long as I have 31 posts at the end of January. Here are the facts about the Challenge if you're interested:  http://ultimateblogchallenge.com/faq/
And HERE WE GO....
JANUARY 1, 2013 - Woohoo, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Today I'm adding some more notes to the analysis I am preparing for Dr. Rea, a clinical psychologist that I had the pleasure of co-presenting with a couple of weeks ago. He took part in the exercise that I presented to the participants (he prepared a sample of his handwriting), and I was amazed at his, well.....openness. His handwriting didn't seem very "clinical" at all, if there is such a thing. One thing I've learned during this process is that you can't judge a book by its cover. It will be fun to complete his analysis, and he made me promise him that I would share it with him. He was also very open to my question about analyzing his sample, putting it up for the public to see, and asking for comments/further analysis. He said it was perfectly fine, I was really pleased, and in many ways, shocked.