By • 28 August 2020
Journaling is one of the oldest pastimes and is still practiced widely today. Sure, the internet age might make journaling antiquated, but blogging is just the digital version of journaling, and we all know that blogging is a very popular hobby. Blogging is even essential in this day and age for many businesses who want to drive traffic into their website, or to rank higher in search engine results pages. Our favorite types of blog, however, are those that mirror the spirit of old-school journaling; those that are personal, intimate, and filled with soul.
Journaling is more than just recording your day-to-day activities. Although journals started out as a form of record keeping, some of the most famous diaries and journals (e.g. Anne Frank's diary, Lewis and Clark's journals, Robert Scott's captain's log) are those that allow you to see the world from the writer's perspective. Journals and diaries allow us to capture our memories, sometimes better than a photograph or movie, because the descriptions are from the writer's own words. Journaling allows us to record our own personal history within the grander History with a capital "H". Journaling is our way of saying, "I was here, on Earth, in this timeline, and these are my words. They will live on forever."
Still not convinced that journaling isn't for you? Read these four benefits of journaling and you might change your mind.
Journaling is the act of capturing memories in the same way pressing the shutter button on a camera "freezes" time. This is one of the reasons why companies like Moleskine have gained popularity over the past decade. People have the urge to put pen to paper. They want to record their memories in a more natural and fluid way, with the mind racing and the pen gliding across the paper like an Olympic figure skater. Writing by hand is a feeling that typing on the laptop or tapping the screen of a phone can't replicate.
However, if you're a digital native, and would still prefer blogging, there are better alternatives, more private ones, than WordPress, Tumblr, or Blogspot. Unless you trust your network on social media, I personally would not be comfortable sharing personal thoughts on platforms like Facebook, which is notorious for privacy protection, or Twitter and Instagram. So, what's an alternative solution?
You can create a Memories page that will not only securely host all of the wonderful memories that you've accumulated over the years, a Memories page is also easy to use as a digital journal. A Memories page will allow you to share a multimedia storyline of your daily activities and major events in life. You can even use a Memories page to collaborate with close friends and loved ones, so that everyone gets a chance to tell their own memories with you.
A Memories page is the perfect option to host digitized photos if you have a bunch of old-school print photos. Other important features of a Memories page include data protection, customizable privacy settings, and a user-friendly design editor.
The Memories page can also become an interactive family tree, which is a better option than other ancestry platforms because a Memories page is more user-friendly and has a better navigation panel for editors. So, you have that option in the future if you want to expand your personal journal into a family journal.
Journaling or diary writing is therapeutic. If you're experiencing constant stress, going through a rough patch in your life, or simply want to empty your mind of thoughts, journaling is still one of the best forms of therapy. The act of writing on paper alone puts you in a meditative zone. When you're journaling, you don't have to worry about judgment from others, or think about filtering your own thoughts. Journaling throws your inhibitions out the window.
In fact, journaling is a common exercise that therapists recommend to their patients. Not only do you relieve stress and anxiety through journaling, you are able to channel your energy towards something positive and creative.
Journaling allows you to exercise your creative muscles. Journaling is a great avenue for self-expression. The act of writing a journal or diary allows you to organize your thoughts onto a paper, even if you write in a stream-of-consciousness style (a.k.a. "spilled ink"). Instead of your thoughts, emotions and ideas staying bunched up in your head like a packed Tokyo subway, you are able to release them onto your journal's pages.
The more you write, especially if you do it daily, the more creative you'll get. Nothing lights up your imagination better than simply processing thoughts, playing with ideas, analyzing your emotions, and reflecting on your memories. Expressing your thoughts into words on paper, or in a private web platform like a Memories page, is one of the reasons why journaling is therapeutic. So, stretch those creative muscles and make collages, write poetry, construct photo essays, and write fictional stories. There are no limits when you're journaling. You are the author of your own life, the writer of your own story.
Since journaling is a way of recording memories and events in your life, you are able to reflect on who you were and how you were during a particular time. Journals allow you to see how much you've grown as a person over the years. What lessons have your learned? What experiences have shaped you to become who you are today? What events made you become more mature as an adult? The answers to these types of questions can be found in the pages of your journal or diary.