Who keeps a journal and what do you write in it?

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    Apr 15, 2012 9:46 AM GMT
    What does it look like? How often do you update it? If you put something interesting and feel like sharing, put it on here? Does any one else read it?

    My partner thinks it's funny I keep one; sometimes, he reads it. The current one is about 5 years old is just a bound, black notebook with pages without lines; I have always used blank ink for some reason.

    I have kept one for the past 19 years and update it just about everyday. I write snippets of things that happened over the day and things I want to remember in incomplete sentences. If I get patients with interesting cases, they go in there too.

    It's pretty boring and isn't one of those "Dear Diary..." that girls girls keep as their bff in books and on TV.


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    Apr 15, 2012 12:40 PM GMT
    i have 3 moleskins on my bedside table - small, bound black notebooks with unruled pages. i write down my dreams in them. it usually starts with the date and then i launch right into the dream without any opener like "Dear Diary". sometimes i can't read my handwriting because i'm half-asleep and woke up in the middle of the night but felt the need to write the dream down in case i forgot it by morning.

    my dreams are very visual and cinematic. i describe the colours, the "screenplay", the people/characters in the dream, the dialogue, the implications and feelings i had while experiencing the dream. sometimes i read the old entries, but usually i find the act of writing out the dream helpful enough and i keep moving forward.
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    Apr 15, 2012 12:57 PM GMT
    I mainly speak about what is going on in my life right now in my black diary.
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    Apr 15, 2012 1:14 PM GMT
    I keep a written one and have for a number of years. Content can vary form vivid dreams I rememeber when I wake up to event shappening in my professional or personal life. It's interesting to pull up old months/years and read what was going on in my life at the time. Helps keep things in perspective, especially when I hit a rough patch. Kind of a reminder my trainer is right when he says that old phrase "time times don't last but tough people do." Oh, and it is typed. As long as some of the entries can be it would be illegible by the end if I wrote it by hand.
  • BmwKid92

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    Apr 15, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    U mean Journal??

    please dont say diary...
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    Apr 15, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    I use a planner that serves as a de facto journal. It's interesting to go back and see how uncomplicated life was a year ago or how something I thought was of major importance and was occupying my time turned out to be no big deal.
  • slimnmuscly

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    Apr 15, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
    I've kept diaries at various points in my life that, whether I knew it at the time or not, were pivotal. I was journaling during the period of high school that I came out to myself.

    At times the journal was totally private, but my high school English teacher had us keep a journal that only she read. I opened up so much about my sexuality that she told me I was making her uncomfortable. I responded that it was my journal, this was what was going on and it was unfair for her to try to influence what I wrote regardless of her comfort level.

    To her credit, she agreed and let me continue, a fairly progressive move in the late 1980s at a suburban Houston high school in the shadow of a Baptist church -- especially given that I was writing about sneaking off to a gay youth group that met at a Unitarian church and about my first sexual encounter with a guy I met in said group.

    I kept a written journal again when I was 20 and railing around Europe, then kept a visual diary several years later during art school. Its constant was that every day I took a Polaroid; when I was taking photography classes, I also included contact sheets, test strips, notes from my teacher's lectures as well as scribblings on what was going on in my life. It was never written or assembled with an audience in mind, but I was pretty free about passing it around at work.

    Since then I've kept blogs at two different points over the years that were public but assumed a diaristic voice. They were written for an audience from the get-go, which definitely influenced what did and didn't go in. Still, even going back and reading what I wrote for public consumption often triggers memories of other things that were going on at the time.
  • Drift

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    Apr 15, 2012 3:21 PM GMT

    I like little compact ones i can carry around with me, although lately i've been writing and drawing a lot more digitally, just because of speed. It's good to take the time to write, or just put pen to paper in whatever way. I usually write thoughts as they come into my head, things about the day gone, or day ahead. Dreams, which are usually vivid and cinematic. Reflection helps with memory and allowing ideas space to settle and grow.
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    Apr 15, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    bitch that a diary u aint supposed 2 kno wuts in it DANG
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    Apr 15, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
    Stopped writing in mine when I discovered online journals. With the stuff I have been going through the past 5 years or so, I thought about going back to a handwritten format even though none of it is earth shatteringly secretive. The main thing you have to decide is what is the PURPOSE for writing it. Then if you want others to know about your experiences to gain an outside perspective or if you just want to be able to SEE your thoughts. Even then, thinks can have a different spin on them.
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    Apr 15, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    I don't know what you're inferring to? icon_neutral.gif
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    Apr 15, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    I currently have one that I've been writing in for less than a year.
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    Apr 15, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    k1ng saidU mean Journal??

    please dont say diary...


    lol agreed.

    girls keep diaries. Guys maintain journals. lol ;)
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    Apr 15, 2012 6:17 PM GMT
    I wanted to write a journal but never get around to it, I wish I had one to remember all my childhood memories but now I'll just have to write down what I remember anyway. Only thing I'm worried about is that my family is extremely nosy and go through anything they can find that is 'private.'
  • FRE0

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    Apr 15, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    I don't keep a diary. However, from what I've read, it seems that in earlier times, more people did keep a diary or a journal. I've read the biographies of several well-known men who lived from about 1800 to 1930. In each case, the author was able to get information from journals kept by the subjects themselves or from journals kept by people who knew the subjects well, such as wives or business partners.
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    Apr 15, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    theAutonomous said
    k1ng saidU mean Journal??

    please dont say diary...


    lol agreed.

    girls keep diaries. Guys maintain journals. lol ;)

    My apologies to your delicate manly sensibilities. I will change the topic title as well.
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    Apr 15, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidGot up .. went to work ... worked out ... went dinner ... read RJ ... went to bed
    Got up .. went to work ... worked out ... went dinner ... read RJ ... went to bed
    Got up .. went to work ... worked out ... went dinner ... read RJ ... went to bed
    Got up .. went to work ... worked out ... went dinner ... read RJ ... went to bed
    Got up .. went to work ... worked out ... went dinner ... read RJ ... went to bed

    NO

    But the point is to put a little more detail so that as MuscledHorse says, you go back and read it years later and see how times and your perspective have changed.

    I have all of my old diaries journals from childhood. I go back and read them sometimes, and it is nostalgic, especially from the time when my father was alive and all of us lived together, and were simple and happy. Writing these things takes time, so it forces me to look back on my acts, kind and unkind, and think about the things that happened.

    I used to be a voracious reader, strangely enough, it seems that my vocabulary has degenerated over time from when I was in high school and college.
    FRE0 saidI don't keep a diary. However, from what I've read, it seems that in earlier times, more people did keep a diary or a journal. I've read the biographies of several well-known men who lived from about 1800 to 1930. In each case, the author was able to get information from journals kept by the subjects themselves or from journals kept by people who knew the subjects well, such as wives or business partners.

    I think that interesting. I started keeping written accounts of my life because we went to a museum once, and I saw all the diaries there.
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    Apr 15, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    I call it my Twitter acct

    I write everything in it.
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    Apr 15, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    I used to, though i dont call it a journal; i'd like to call it an autobiography, lol! Writing stuff down about my thoughts first thing in the morning before i get out of bed clears my head, and sets the tone for the day(though it depends on what tone).
    I havent done it in a long while. I should start again.
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    Apr 15, 2012 9:29 PM GMT
    I used to keep a journal of random thoughts and poetry. Haven't in a long, long time.
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    Apr 15, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    I have one written journal and one personal blog that I use for the same purpose. I like the personal blog because I can add video clips, songs, pictures, whatever I want to record for the day.

    I write about anything on my mind. Usually, though, I use my journals as a place to voice things that I don't think I can voice anywhere else. It's nice. I've been journaling steadily for about four or five years now and I'll likely keep it up indefinitely.
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    Apr 16, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    carmi said
    theAutonomous said
    k1ng saidU mean Journal??

    please dont say diary...


    lol agreed.

    girls keep diaries. Guys maintain journals. lol ;)

    My apologies to your delicate manly sensibilities. I will change the topic title as well.


    Hey sorry guy. was just being playful. no harm intended. =)
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    Apr 16, 2012 12:28 AM GMT
    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, internet forums, etc.. these are all variations of online journals.
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    Apr 16, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    Anyone remember the cartoon Doug?

    he always wrote in a journal...about his day, etc...and as a kid that inspired me to get a journal and write in it...

    Even tho today I dont write in a journal im so glad I did, because when I read back on the stuff I wrote about, I crack mysewlf up! I can't believe who that person was writing this stuff..... I'm talking 3rd and 4th grade here, but it's so fun to go back and read! and I remember these events in my life.....and how back in the day they seemed like the world revolved around them....and how insignificant they really were!

    One example, I wrote about was the fact at how happy I was in 3rd grade and how I was offically allowed to write with a pen and not a pencil... My penmanship teacher would only allow students with good penmanship the privilege to write with a pen..... everyone else had to use a pencil..and when my teacher graduated me to a pen, i was beside myself with joy...and wrote all about it. . . omg how stupid! lol
  • Timbales

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    Apr 16, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    I don't think I'm interesting enough for a journal.