Journaling

United States
January 14, 2013 4:58pm CST
I enjoy journaling most of the time. I try to engage in it daily, but sometimes falter for varying periods. Journaling is a great way to free my thoughts and let them exist in an unconditional atmosphere. At the moment, I still prefer to create journal entries with paper and pen. While I've tried it in a popular word processing program, and I enjoy typing my own thoughts, it's just not the same. I guess despite wanting to be a spontaneous, exploring, tech savvy individual, I still have pockets of old fashionedness. A couple friends have gifted me with journal books. For some unknown reason, I will not buy these for myself. My favorite journaling devices are a five-subject spiral bound notebook and blue ball point pen. Sometimes a journal entry will help me workout and release an issue. At others, it provides insights into heartfelt desires. After my journal entry, I like to read a page in a devotional and copy a meaningful quote at the top of the page to inspire my thoughts from that moment forward for that day. Sometimes I indulge in cheap packs of small stickers, which I use as rewards to encourage consistency. The trouble is that, on good days, my journal entry crawls into the margins and spreads up into the space between that allotted for the quote and the date. This leaves no room for the sticker, given that I always hope to go back and reread my journals. Occasionally I do come across an old journal or two and get the time to read them. That's where the biggest reward of journaling lies. In rereading old journals, I usually find how far I've come, that I would deal with similar situations the same or differently, being proud of what I've accomplished and survived, and where I've arrived in the present moment. Very cool.
5 responses
• United States
15 Jan 13
I love journaling too. I'm not very consistent and it could be years before I make a new entry but it's still nice to write every now and then. There's a lot of online websites that allows you to make an account and use it like a diary. But I like using a pen and notebook too. It feels more personal and my handwriting changes over time so it's interesting to read an old entry and see my handwriting back then.
• United States
15 Jan 13
Welcome, animegirl, and thanks for joining in. My gaps tend more toward days or weeks, occasionally months. My concern with web-based journal sites is security. Hackers enjoy themselves entirely too much sometimes, treading in other people's business. Cheers!
• United States
15 Jan 13
Yes, hackers can be a problem with online journals especially with the many types of viruses out there. Also the journaling website may close down at some point in the future and we will have to part with a portion of our memory. There's a lot of tasks there are sometimes easier to do online like paying bills and shopping but journaling, I prefer it on paper. Happy mylotting.
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• United States
15 Jan 13
Back at you, ag! Cheers!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 13
From a very young age I would always write a daily journal, and this continued throughout my teens, twenties and in my thirties, I found it therapeutic to write, I have always loved writing, creating stories and even poems. Then one day my ex partner went snooping in my bedroom and had the audacity to read my journals, and found out things they shouldn't have read and it caused so much aggravation and nastiness between us, that I felt I had been violated, I took all my journals and burnt them, so they could never be read again, I never forgave my ex for reading them. I have never started a journal since, which is a shame, and the only writing I do is on my laptop here at Mylot.
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• United States
17 Jan 13
Ah wolfie, so sorry to hear this. At least you do some writing, but it is indeed a terrible thing to have your privacy violated by someone you once trusted. Best wishes!
• Marikina, Philippines
16 Jan 13
Ha ha. We can also write it on a blog. Mostly all my secrets are written on my blog. Its not that popular because I write it in my own language and if you read those written journal on my blog, well, its really weird. How I wish I could tell it to everyone, but I can't do it. My written blog is also the one that makes me inspired.
• United States
16 Jan 13
Hello again, Introvert, and thanks for joining this thread. Yes, blogs are handy, but paper and pen protect the guilty, innocent and the writer by keeping thoughts hackproof. If necessary, they can be burned, crushed in a glass of water and flushed. This is also a recommended ritual for releasing thoughts that are nagging at you, freeing you to move on. Cheers!
• India
15 Jan 13
I don't journal as much as i like to.Being in busy schedule all day,but i do it one here and there. Same like you i feel like writing in a diary with my ball point pen is much better than typing Even though my handwriting is hard to read for others. but i still love my handwriting
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• United States
15 Jan 13
Greetings, gopalisat, and thank you for joining us. Life can indeed get in the way of journaling, but if we have some level of commitment, we can always return to it. One of the great things about journaling is that it doesn't have to be legible to anyone but ourselves. Best wishes!
@MaylaJay (350)
15 Jan 13
I don't journal as often as I would like to, but I do love to write on paper. I love the feel of being in control of the pen. I tell that pen what to do and it does it. Computers tend to do what they want to do, whenever they want to. A pen doesn't randomly decide to jump back to a previous line. The worst it gets with a pen is that it runs out of ink.
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• United States
15 Jan 13
Welcome, MaylaJay, and thanks for your kind response. You are so right about pens versus computers. Pens and papers don't get viruses. For me, the pleasure is a more natural channeling experience from brain through fingers to paper. Cheers!