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Do you keep a journal? How often do you write in it?

  1. elayne001 profile image71
    elayne001posted 6 years ago

    Do you keep a journal? How often do you write in it?

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    The Writers Dogposted 6 years ago

    I try to keep one, although it does not get used on a regular basis.

  3. Eiddwen profile image83
    Eiddwenposted 6 years ago

    This is a great question for me;as I was asking the same question a while ago.I am the worlds worst journal keeper.
    It would be nice if I had written in it every day but it did get me going to start a blog which I update regularly.
    I am interested to see what everyone's replies will be here.
    Take care and have a great day.

  4. Thelma Alberts profile image89
    Thelma Albertsposted 6 years ago

    Yes, I do keep a journal for 30 years. But I don't write on it everyday when I am to tired to write, just every other day or twice a week at worst time.

  5. Ciel Clark profile image74
    Ciel Clarkposted 6 years ago

    I kept a journal from when I learned to write until I moved to Iowa about seven years ago. 

    I have no idea why I stopped.   

    I tried and tried for the first couple of years, but I felt like I was forcing it rather than enjoying it.

    How did this happen? Has this ever happened to anyone?  It seems like it is connected to the move, but can that really be it?

    I feel sad when I see my trunk and two huge bins of journals..  I was really looking forward to reading them when I was a granny.  I haven't re-read them yet, but I have opened a couple randomly, and I am amazed at how clear a memory pops up about something I had totally forgotten.

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    MP50posted 6 years ago

    I keep a journal and write in it everyday without fail, have been doing this for over 30 yrs. Only problem is, I have no room in my house to display them all, sadly my jounals are packed away in vacuum packed boxes collecting dust in my basement.

  7. msorensson profile image70
    msorenssonposted 6 years ago

    I used to..but not anymore..It was therapeutic for many years..

  8. ar.colton profile image83
    ar.coltonposted 6 years ago

    I keep journals of the books I read and the movies I watch but I have never been able to maintain a journal about my daily life. I have started them a million times, when I feel the need to record or decompress, but once that trial is over I set it back on my shelf and forget about it until I need it again.

    Am I allowed to do this? There may be a hub somewhere about journalling...

  9. kenneth avery profile image83
    kenneth averyposted 6 years ago

    Dear Elayne . . .sadly, no. I will tell you why. After entering a few events of the day, I look back later at these entries and realize just how meaningless and uneventful my personal life really is. My journal is so bland that even the nosiest person wouldn't be tempeted to snoop in it. This is the truth with my hand up.

  10. randomcreative profile image92
    randomcreativeposted 6 years ago

    I kept a paper journal through most of grade school and wrote in it at least 2 times a week.  In 2002, I got a livejournal account.  For the first 4 years or so, I wrote at least 3-4 times per week.  I find that I now bounce most of my thoughts off my husband and don't have as much need to do personal journaling every week, or even every month.  Clearly that hasn't stopped me from writing elsewhere, though!

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    jasper420posted 6 years ago

    I use to daily but latley I have been to busy with other things I found keeping a journal was a great tool in my recovery proccess and its always intersting to go back and look at how far I have come since then.

  12. Minnetonka Twin profile image87
    Minnetonka Twinposted 6 years ago

    I keep a journal on my bedside table so I can jot down ideas that I get at night or before I go to sleep. I learned that if I didn't write down some of my best ideas that come late at night, I couldn't remember them in the morning. I use to write in my journal daily until this new computer age.

  13. robie2 profile image97
    robie2posted 6 years ago

    I've kept journals for many years. They are for my eyes only.  Nobody else has ever read them, but I have six or seven of them completed and I sure hope my kids don't find them after I'm gone-- they'll be a bit shocked :-)

    Mostly they are full of my feelings about my personal life and it is interesting to go back and read them years later..  to see where I've been and how far I have come.  I also  tend to put my hopes and goals for the future in my journals  and when I go back and re read them, I am also surprised at how many of my goals I have achieved.

    Journaling is a great life tool for everyone, I think

  14. Bukarella profile image86
    Bukarellaposted 6 years ago

    Journaling may become your next great hobby, and an artistic outlet so many of us crave in a day to day life. Here are some tips to get you started, and a quick overview of different journaling styles and topics to consider. read more

  15. dohn121 profile image82
    dohn121posted 6 years ago

    I sometimes get asked where I "find" my voice in my writing.  I my best answer?  Write long-hand.  In time, doing so will develop the voice within you.  Author Dorothea Brande taught me that a long, long time ago.

    During my years in High School and College I would spend daily journal writing sessions in the comfort of a diner with only a cup of coffee, a spiral notebook and a ballpoint pen as my companions.  These sessions were the cure to nearly everything that ailed me.  And in my stream of consciousness, I'd enter a world where no one could hurt me or harm me; journal writing is the process in which all of my troubling thoughts were safely compartmentalized onto the shelves and drawers of my mind.  Writing was my release and the culmination of hundreds upon hundreds (perhaps thousands) of journal pages was my gratification. 

    Safe to say, journal writing has saved my life and continues to.