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Do you journal?

Do you journal on a daily basis? If so, how do you journal? Do you do it old-school style with paper and pen? Or do you use an online journaling format? If so, what format do you use?

I journal everyday; I call it my daily pages. I journal in two different forms: at home, I use Evernote; at work (I'm a teacher), I use a bound journal.

I journal at least twice a day. I journal in the mornings to get the creative juices flowing and I journal in the evenings before I go to bed to settle my mind before I go to sleep. In both of these cases, I use Evernote on my Kindle. I lie in bed and write for about thirty minutes, which for me is the perfect way to write. My hubster and spawn call it "lazy writing."

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At work (sometimes I call it "school" because I teach), I use the old-school method of bound journal and fun,funky pen. My students are required to write everyday in the first 15 minutes of class~I call this their "sacred writing time"~so I use this time to journal with them.

What do you journal about?

I journal about just any topic....I'm not sure that any are taboo. In my Evernote journal, I will write about my goals for the day or my feelings that morning. Perhaps, I have some fears or obstacles that hold me back and I want to get rid of them or at least put them in the back for a while. In the evenings, I'll rehash my day...air out my foibles and angers. This journal is really private.

My Sacred Writing Time journal at school is different; it is student friendly for a couple of reasons....many times the students ask me to read aloud from my journal. Also, I don't want anything questionable written in case the notebook is left somewhere or stolen.

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How do you organize your writing?

In my Sacred Writing Time journal, it is purely chronological would be very difficult to find a specific entry unless I knew the general date of the entry. I do encourage my students to mark entries that they want to come back to for any reason.

In Evernote, I have "notebooks" with specific titles like "January Educational Resources" or "Daily Pages." I also add tags to help me locate information or entries later on.

I'm an avid journaler (is that even a word?). I can't imagine my life without journaling. It is my focus, my way of making sense of my everyday world.

Hugs and Kisses and Love!


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inertia4 wrote on January 24, 2015, 9:37 AM

MelissaE I was never one to keep a journal. But I started when I first got the very first iPhone. Back then the apps were limited and there was a diary app that I thought was cool. So I decided to start a journal. Since then I journal every now and then offline. But most of my journal writings are online. Like here in my Blog or Journal posts. Same thing on Bubblews. I had a bunch of posts I did on a social network that went out that I never got back. I did however save some of them in Google. When I do journal offline, that is real personal and not for anyones eye or ears. What I write online is more generic in nature.

Maplewinter wrote on January 24, 2015, 11:23 AM

Hey MelissaE! I have put off journalling for years. Usually I will start but then after a couple of days I just forgot or I just put it off. This year though I have made it my mission to write a journal. Well in fact I have 4. I have my Q&A five year journal I was bought for Christmas, I have my daily diary which I use to write about daily life, I also have an app on the computer which I use mainly as a Photo Journal and my Happiness journal and finally I have my exercise book which I use to write my Prompt a Day entries in from my prompt a day book I got for kindle. I don't know why I haven't got into journalling before but now I wouldn't be without my Journal time. I do my photo and happiness journal every morning when I switch the laptop on and I have time before I go to sleep to write in my other journals.

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 24, 2015, 1:51 PM

I keep notebooks about and write in them -- mostly notes and beginnings of poems that I work on later. Sometimes I write down ideas and things I want to accomplish.

arthurchappell wrote on January 25, 2015, 4:12 AM

my online diary entries are effectively my daily journal so yes in a way

MegL wrote on January 25, 2015, 5:50 PM

I have done bits of it since I was a child, nothing continuous but I have a research journal, that i write things dwn in, thought and bits of information that come together to give me an insight into something. It has been very useful.

ChickJ wrote on February 2, 2015, 9:17 AM

Yes I have journal off and on for years. But for over a year now I have kept an online journal on BB. (And I keep copies.) Like Inertia I keep a separate one that are for my eyes only. (Personal things, rants, and opinions that might not be political correct.)

cheri wrote on February 8, 2015, 1:31 AM

I have started writing diaries or journal when I was young. I love it. Sad that I lost most of them. It keeps me company. I do not do it in a daily basis just when I feel the kicks of sharing and writing.