Keeping a Journal

I’ve finally started keeping a journal again. I kept one very inconsistently during my senior year of high school up until about the time I got married. I’m not sure what inspired me to start keeping one again, but I have.  I bought a small Moleskine back in September of 2010 planing to start writing again, but as things seem to go I let it sit for a few months. I finally got started though. 

The first thing I did was copy all the entries from my old journal into my new one. This took a lot longer than it should have (2 months) because I kept getting sick of reading about myself back in highschool and would quit writing for long periods of time. This transfer lead me to realize a few things about my past self. 1 I was boring, or the stuff I wrote about back then seems pretty boring to me now. 2 I was really bad at spelling and grammar. Throughout moving my entries I had to keep myself from “updating” them to fix errors.

I finally finished the transfer on December 22 of 2010, and have been consistent in my writing since then. My memory seems to have improved some, and being able to dump a lot of my thoughts out instead of trying to remember everything at once helps. I’m really trying to get myself on a schedule of writing twice a day; some time around noon and in the evening. This has caused my to write a lot more than I thought I would, and I realized how interesting my days actually are.

Journal keeping has been a really interesting endeavor so far, and if any of you are considering starting I would suggest it. You can get a lot of helpful hints from this article from The Art of Manliness.

3 thoughts on “Keeping a Journal”

  1. i have STRUGGLED to “impart my wisdom!” SO once again i’ve been working on my journal again too! but it is freakin HARD to remember to do it. mostly because i am boring and when i’m not i’m too lazy to write it down my entries never seem to get finished. anywho you think “Manliness” will help me? ;) i’ll check it out! Question: why twice a day?
    P.S. i had no idea you kept a journal before!!!

  2. I’ve been writing twice a day so that I can dump everything that’s happened before noon. That way I don’t have to remember it when I write in the evening, and may be tired or forgetful.

    I only wrote in my old one every couple of months I think the longest I went between entries was a year. I also didn’t make it very known that I had one because I didn’t want dad sneaking into my room and reading it like he did other things.

  3. Yeah definitely makes sense i always worried about that too. i always hid them :P writing twice a day actually sounds pretty helpful

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