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Blogging Can’t Replace Journaling

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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?

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6 Responses to "Blogging Can’t Replace Journaling"

  1. I don’t do both, I could make time for both but blogging is enough for me. Interesting that you picked up that particular notebook, like you I don’t believe that was just coincidence:) Jen.

  2. Marina says:

    I use another ‘blogging’ site as an alternative to a paper journal, and it serves a very different purpose to my blog.

  3. I don’t keep a journal; I feel blogging is enough for me. I know a lady who has kept a journal every day for all her life – she’s 72 now.

    CJ xx

  4. Mrs.Mayhem says:

    You’re right that blogging usually isn’t as personal as journaling. Journals provide a safe place to write ANYTHING, which a blog can’t provide. Writing in a journal can be so beneficial, but I don’t have time for both. Good for you if you do have (or make) time for both.

  5. Diana Raab says:

    In answer to your question, I blog weekly, but have been keeping a daily journal for more than 40 years. I agree with you, while they might cross-over in terms of subject, the tendency is to go deeper in the journal.

    I am the author of 7 books and all my books started in my journals. My most recent book is called, HEALING WITH WORDS: A WRITER’S CANCER JOURNEY and WRITERS AND THEIR NOTEBOOKS. They are both available on Amazon and BN,com.

    Happy writing!
    Diana Raab

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