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.