Post # 1
I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the benefits of keeping a journal and I really want to start. It would be a great place to organize thoughts and one day, reflect on the past. I wish I had one for the past few years of my life!
The problem is — do I buy a journal and handwrite or keep one on the computer? I’ve thought about this for awhile now and just don’t know what to do.
A real journal:
– Is more personal and would feel more intimate
– I could see myself quietly writing away before bed
– Is a lot faster in terms of “writing”
– I could have easy access to it from anywhere, depending on how I chose to do it
So… do you have a journal, if so how do you keep yours?
Post # 3
i keep a journal, always have. i used to write poetry and short stories a lot in high school, and used to write them in my journal. i wrote almost every day when i was younger. now, i write in it occasionally, and only because i have a terrible memory! it’s nice to look back and read about what i first thought of my man when he hit on me at a bar, or read the details of our first date, etc. i like the standard “real” journal- it’s more personal, and i never get to actually write anymore so it’s a nice change from typing. also, barnes & noble have the cutest journals ever!
Post # 4
I used to write all the time too! In high school a couple years following, I wrote poetry quite often. But I have never kept a journal.. I know it would do me good though.
And thank you for the B&N tip! I was wondering where I’d actually go if I decided to get a journal. I’m a lefty, so I’ll have to get a spiral bound one though :/ Boo.
Post # 5
I used to write a journal throughout my middle and high school years (although they did become less and less). I now blog, which is essentially a journal – but I do find that sometimes I like to just write on my computer and file away a Word document that nobody but me will see 🙂
If you go for a physical notebook I’d definitely recommend the ecosystem books though – really great quality and 100% recyclable and they’re totally green. I have a bunch and I love them.
Post # 6
I used to keep a personal journal, but do to privacy issues it never panned out :/. Right now I am keeping a writers journal for my university english course though! It’s very interesting writing from a personal, but not intimate point of view 🙂
Post # 7
I have 5 journals that are filled! I got my first when I was in the 6th grade and kept up until a couple years ago. After I finished my last paper journal, I started an online journal that was private, but I haven’t written in it for 2 years now. It’s difficult to remember to write since I’ve neglected it for so long, but I have been meaning to start it up again.
I have found like I liked the blank paper the best (as opposed to the lined paper) for the phsycial notebooks so I could do more than just write. It’s a great feeling to get all of the days worries out on paper so I don’t stew on it as much. I always liked to have the ability to doodle and draw all over as well.
I do however like to type much more than I like to physically write, I can get more written when I’m typing and my hands don’t cramp up. The only part I miss about a physical journal is that I can’t doodle.
Post # 8
I have one but I always forget to write in it simply because I’m not used to having one. I’m just using a regular notebook. Yes the fancier ones are pretty but I can’t bring myself to write in them for some reason.
Post # 9
I keep a journal, but do not write in it very often. I think it is a great way to clear your thoughts at the end of the day and it is nice to read later. I get kind of paranoid sometimes with having some personal stuff written to paper, but I keep track of them well.
Post # 10
I keep both a paper journal and an online one.
The paper journal is more for serious personal reflection or things that happen ‘right now.’ I have filled innumerable paper journals, and actually need to get a new one.
Though my online journal is pretty well locked down in terms of privacy I use it more for expressive writing (you know the ‘deep’ stuff hahaha), or keeping track — I also use it to keep in touch with specific individuals that I don’t necesarily have time to play catch up over the phone/in person with. Another thing online journals are nice for is sharing pictures/artwork & etc privately. Sure you can post pictures on Facebook, but at least with an online journal the material still remains yours and does not become the sole property of an online entity.
I like the accesibility of the online journals in terms of orginization & whatnot (you can easily find october 2007 with a click & etc), since they usually have tags & archive features built in.
Post # 11
I don’t keep a journal but if I did, I would hand write it in a notebook. I tried keeping a blog for like two seconds once but immediately decided I am too private of a person to write much about myself online. Even on here sometimes I feel like I share too much. I recently found a journal I kept for like a month in the fifth grade and it was hilarious. I wish I had kept up with it longer because the entries are so much fun to read.
Post # 12
ive kept a physical journal since 1997 and an online journal since 2002. the hand written journal is much more personal and private, while the online journal (still use livejournal and before that, opendiary.com) is very vague and convenient. i used to have a lot of followers but since then, livejournal kind of fell off the list of popular social media. i’ve realized too that since I’ve really gotten my life on track (out of college and into FI’s arms, on the right career path) I haven’t needed to use my physical journal as often and instead of writing what seemed like novels each day, i’ve channeled that writing into song lyrics.
i will always continue to keep a journal. i love the ability it gives me to sort out my thoughts and it’s amazing to go back through old entries to see how I have progressed emotionally.
i actually have considered publishing my old journals (highschool through college years) and changing the names. i know that i LOVE to read journal entries and it seems like a lot of women of all ages could really relate to them. they are raw and emotional and so it could be a little difficult, but i see how it has the potential to help anyone who is emotionally unbalanced or just going through a rough time in their lives.
do it! you’ll love it!
Post # 13
I kept one through elementary and middle school, then stopped sometime in high school when I got nervous about anyone reading the things I was writing. I think I will probably start one again when we get pregnant for the first time and hopefully continue from then on, just in regards to the kids. Again, I wouldn’t feel comfortable writing about a lot of things that could be stumbled upon by someone else, and I know I wouldn’t keep up with anything online or typed.
Post # 14
I have an uncle who recently passed away, and we discovered that he’d been keeping a journal since 1978. It was obviously handwritten, but I think that’s the way to go. He was able to tape in articles and photos. Plus, sometimes he would just scribble and doodle and keep track of his scores in gin rummy 🙂 It’s something I’m thinking of starting. What a wonderful way for your children to look back.
Post # 15
I used to, I have a blog now that kind of acts like a journal but it’s about traveling and sometimes I have bits of my personal life tossed in
Post # 16
I once had a written journal. It is very nice to be able to write anywhere (not just in front of a computer) and it feels much more personal.. but in the end my journal got stolen and used to blackmail me. Very bad situation that can happen 🙁
I’d go with computer. at least you can password it