Pictured: part of the first set of notes I scribbled, and later transcribed for our conversation group. The parts in nicer handwriting are contributions from a native speaker. Handwritten kanji is an extra challenge for a beginner learning kanji...
After each week's discussion (sometimes days later), I would try to read my own writing, remember more of the context, and do some research to fill in the gaps. Then I would write it up in Word and export to PDF for the group. It was a great way for me to keep studying and to give back to some awesome, generous people that have helped me a lot.
In late 2016, Meetup.com announced they would no longer be storing such files for each meetup. That seemed to be a good opportunity to start a new Japanese area of my site and migrate the notes here.
Instead of hosting the old PDFs in a directory, I'm extracting the interesting bits into more cohesive articles, each with a theme and more research. I'm also sanitizing the documents, removing names and other personal information. All the notable 単語 goes into a separate vocabulary list. With a year or so of extra study, I can spot and fix some of my own mistakes.
For the first set of notes, though, there was no theme. So we're done for today.
お疲れ様, thanks for reading!