Even if you are anonymous, or like me a very open blogger, I have come to the conclusion that blogging can’t replace journaling. While both are good for soul searching, growing and free therapy, journaling reaches deeper in a more consistent way.
As often is the case, a “coincidence” has triggered this post.
For years I have been convinced that journaling is something extremely important for growth and for a person’s soul. For just as many years I have been trying to commit to journaling daily. Invariably, my journaling attempts have each time lasted a few weeks at the most. That repeated lapse was what prompted me to start blogging and make the commitment to myself to write a daily blog. For 3 1/2 months I have been achieving that.
Today I was running late for my first life coaching meeting. My husband had pulled his back out and I had taken him to the doctor. When we returned I was in a rush to find a notebook and leave to my meeting. I grabbed a mostly empty notebook and left.
When I got to my destination with some time to spare, I rifled through the notebook. It had about 20 pages of journal entries from almost two years ago. I was amazed at how the writing expressed things from such a different perspective than my blogging.
My blogging style is very personal and open yet my journal was even more so. I also wasn’t limited by trying to fit things into a “post”. I raised a lot more questions and I was “just” writing.
Being a person who does not believe in coincidences I know I was meant to pick up that notebook today. I was meant to reevaluate my writing, it’s purpose and whether or not I need to add another facet to it. Especially since just a few days ago I had a very similar discussion with a good friend. My opinion at the time was that my blogging was my journaling. Now I am pretty sure I am meant to look deeper and discover otherwise.
Do any other bloggers keep personal journals as well as blogging?
NOTEBOOK AND PEN
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