Discussion # 10 for me: do you write in a journal, plan to or want to start one?

December 14, 2023 7:45am CST
Good morning! This is the 10th discussion that I started! I will be starting plenty in the new year as it is part of my New Year's Resolutions Two weeks or so ago I realized that the notes I had been writing down before bed haphazardly on various pages in my note-to-myself notebooks were in reality a journal. I had always wanted to start a journal but was afraid I wouldn't have anything to write in it. I didn't know where to get started However, when I got the idea this is what I wanted in my journal and I can write in it daily. I get upset whenever I get carried away with my reading and don't have enough time to write everything I want to write in my journal each evening. I have a single notebook dedicated to being my personal journal. I put down what happened during the day and how I feel about it, and my other thoughts and feelings I would feel uncomfortable telling anyone else. I also write down what time I go to sleep and wake up and decided to start to add what I eat as we discovered I was getting dizzy from not eating enough when my doctor ruled out the physical problem we thought it was So, do you keep a journal or plan to start one?
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@jnrdutton (2556)
• United States
19 Dec
I pretty much journal on my blogs, if that counts.
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@jnrdutton (2556)
• United States
24 Dec
@LovesEverybody poetry,art,reviews, and a general life discussion blog (all separate blogs) and then here is kind of a blog space for me too.
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24 Dec
@jnrdutton they all sound ground! Do you write the poetry yourself?
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24 Dec
that counts for sure! What kind of blogs do you have?
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@just4him (305507)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Dec
I'm glad you're keeping a journal. No, but I need to start one.
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@just4him (305507)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Dec
@LovesEverybody True. If I do, it will be an online journal.
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15 Dec
@just4him how does an online journal work? do you have to pay for one? I prefer a pen and notebook but understand how some people would want to do it online. are you more comfortable writing online?
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15 Dec
I hope you do start one as they are a great thing to start and know that one can go and write what they want and not be judged.
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@shaggin (71659)
• United States
24 Dec
It sounds like your accidental journaling is going good. MyLot and Facebook are as close as I get to journaling.
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@shaggin (71659)
• United States
24 Dec
@LovesEverybody there is a lot of drama that goes on with Facebook. I love it though I love to see photos of people’s family and what they are up to.
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24 Dec
yes, starting to journal was the best thing I have ever done by accident! I don't do Facebook. I tried it once and somebody insulted me and I thought why would I stay around to be insulted?
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26 Dec
@shaggin I was insulted because somebody told me to "lay off the caffeine lady" as if he knew if I consumed caffeine or not because I never saw or talked to him on Facebook so how would he know? I also never mentioned if I ever ate/drank caffeine. I am not one much for these new technologies like Facebook. I am lucky I am on myLot and the internet in general. I am glad you love Facebook so much! Happy New Year's!
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@LadyDuck (457412)
• Switzerland
14 Dec
I keep a daily journal. I do not write a lot, but I write what I did during the day. Also the weather and what we had for lunch and dinner.
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14 Dec
I started with what I did during the day and then started to add what I felt about what I did. I just started my meals so I can make sure I eat enough because my case as I was getting dizzy for months from not eating enough I love the idea of adding the weather. I think I will add the weather from my area! I have been writing a lot as you can see I write long things and you won't know about me is that I talk a lot.
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@LadyDuck (457412)
• Switzerland
14 Dec
@LovesEverybody I always write what we eat. Should a doctor ask at least I can answer the question. I remember that often you did not eat enough, that was not good for you. I also like to talk, I liked to talk every day with my Mom.
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14 Dec
@LadyDuck that is a good idea to have written down what I ate each day. I wasn't eating enough until Tuesday when my case manager and I discovered that was the reason I was getting so dizzy. I am not used to eating so much. Some days I only talk with onnie if nobody calls me. my sister sometimes calls me every two or three days. Sometimes it gets really lonely and some days I don't mind as I can get more reading done.
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• United States
14 Dec
Yes I have a planner which is a hardcovered daily journal for the year. I jot down all sorts of things as well as keeping track of important things and appointments. I think you'll find it useful to keep a journal especially if you write what you're eating or feeling or doing you can go back to look at what you are or were doing.
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• United States
14 Dec
@LovesEverybody keeping track of what you're eating is a must since you found that you weren't eating enough. This way you can check and not have to try to remember. Have a great day too
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14 Dec
I have a big 18-month calendar on the dining room table that I just bought that makes me happy with the designs and I plan to keep track of appointments on that. I have been keeping my journal in a notebook That is a good idea to keep track of what I am eating so I know what I am eating and when I am eating it. I just decided today to add daily all that I eat in my journal. Before that, I was putting it down when I remembered. Thank you for sharing and have a great day!
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14 Dec
@Marilynda1225 That is a good idea to have what i ate each day written down. it will help a lot!
@kobesbuddy (74419)
• East Tawas, Michigan
16 Mar
Years ago, I used to keep a daily journal. It is similar to keeping a private diary, which my sister enjoyed doing. I tried keeping a diary, but became to busy doing things that I'd forget for about it. With your reading just set a certain time, to stop reading. Maybe just after supper, start writing in your journal. Watch TV for a while, then bedtime. Once you get into a set pattern, it will be simple to remember.
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@kobesbuddy (74419)
• East Tawas, Michigan
19 Mar
@LovesEverybody Girls used to write each day in a diary, it's just like a journal. My sister's had a key and a lock, so nobody could sneak into her room and read it.
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20 Mar
@kobesbuddy I think I had a diary when I was around 8th grade. I forgot about those. If I remember correctly mine has a lock and key, too. do kids still write in those in the 21st century?
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19 Mar
what is a private diary and daily journal? I have been busy and haven't written in my journal in two or three weeks I never thought about how I needed a set pattern. I will have a sort of schedule after dinner, When does reading come in as I am trying to read more?
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@snowy22315 (169621)
• United States
14 Dec
Mylot is kind of a journal I guess, but I don't generally write my feelings in it. I have always wanted to get into journaling,but am never in the mood at night. I think I need to pick a different time to do it. There are different types you can do you know like a feelings journal, gratititude journal or accountability journal.
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@snowy22315 (169621)
• United States
14 Dec
@LovesEverybody It is one that helps you stay on track with whatever goals you have set for yourself..it can be anything you are working on. I think I will start that as I need to.
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14 Dec
@snowy22315 that sounds like a great idea. I may start one too!
14 Dec
Yes, I just realized that mylot is like a journal. I wouldn't write some of the things I write in my journal on Mylot. I looked it up online and one can use and write their journal however they want. I took that to mean no particular time of day to write in it. I write when I get inspired. My peer told me some time ago to start a gratitude journal. I decided to add one thing I am grateful for to my regular everyday journal. What is an accountability journal? I never heard of that kind of journal.
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@Tina30219 (81539)
• Onaway, Michigan
11 Jan
No I do not keep a journal or plan on starting one.
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11 Jan
it is not for everyone. it took me 50+ years before I started one. I don't always have the time to write in it, but I try for daily, then if not daily then every two or three days
@RebeccasFarm (86511)
• United States
30 Dec
Happy New Years to you my Lovely Friend xo
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30 Dec
Thank you dear one!
@Tampa_girl7 (48890)
• United States
1 Jan
I have in the past.
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1 Jan
that is great! Journal keeping is new to me and I love it!
@JESSY3236 (18885)
• United States
19 Mar
When I was younger, I had a journal. But I don't do it anymore.
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20 Mar
I can understand not having one any longer. I started to get busy doing other things and I think it has been 2-3 weeks since I have written in my journal. I need to remedy that and start writing in it again
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@Dena91 (15843)
• United States
28 Dec
I should write things down but never have.
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28 Dec
It took me a lot of years before I started a journal despite my doctors and the differences I have had over the years encouraging me to start one. I never knew what to write and suddenly I do not have enough time to write everything I want to write in it
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@dya80dya (33382)
17 Dec
This is a very interesting question. I have a journal, but I didn't write there for a very long time. I have another journal on my phone and I write there every day. I don't have friends and a journal helps me.
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@dya80dya (33382)
17 Dec
@LovesEverybody If I am very anxious I can't use computer or phones. I have a journal on paper too, but it's very old and anyone can read it.
17 Dec
that is great you have a journal. I have one as nobody likes me and I have no friends either. I keep my journal totally on paper as computers and phones make me give me anxiety and make me nervous
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