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Did any of you ever journal?
« on: September 01, 2015, 05:26:54 PM »
I realized today that I had not. Written in my physical journal for 1.5 year. It had Already been spare, but I was surprised to find it'd been that long.

I felt. Like my thoughts were more collected when I was writing more consistently. I also seemed that I ws able to keep a better general timeline when I did. I kind of feel like I lost my ability to divulge my thoughts coherently.

Anyone else write their lives down, or at least used to? I know I started writing in 7th grade and wrote consistently until sophomore year of colleges, at least. I hate going back and readin but I also try to do it periodically. Io"ve never destroyed any, which seems to be a thing people do.
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Re: Did any of you ever journal?
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2015, 05:30:45 PM »
I used to journal every day and then started only journaling when I traveled. I really enjoyed it.

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Re: Did any of you ever journal?
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2015, 05:54:56 AM »
I've probably written a journal entry within the last year.  I normally pick it up when I'm really trying to process my emotional response to whaterve

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Re: Did any of you ever journal?
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2015, 06:52:05 AM »
I've probably written a journal entry within the last year.  I normally pick it up when I'm really trying to process my emotional response to whaterve

Totally, me too. But I've found if I embarrassingly were to go through my more recent entries, it's all "sorry I don't write anymore idk what happened" for a span of like 3 years. Then writing about something big that is changing my life. Then just vanishing. I wish I had more continuity. But I guess at least there's a spark of a skill set for working it out on paper there.
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Re: Did any of you ever journal?
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2015, 10:19:31 AM »
it's all "sorry I don't write anymore idk what happened" for a span of like 3 years. Then writing about something big that is changing my life. Then just vanishing. I wish I had more continuity. But I guess at least there's a spark of a skill set for working it out on paper there.

Oh yeah.  Mine gets like that sometimes too. 

I rarely re-read mine anymore, though.  I just use it so that I can stop having repetitive thoughts roll around in my head.  I liken it to Dumbledore's Pensieve and my head just being too full.

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Re: Did any of you ever journal?
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2015, 07:46:13 AM »
I never was very consistent but when I did, it always felt soooo self conscious, like I was writing everything as if someone else would eventually find it. Also I thought I was going to be a great writer briefly in my early teen years, and then when I read a lot more amazing literature, I realized that I wasn't and also that I liked reading way more than writing. BUT I have had therapists over the years highly recommend it, so I consider taking it up again. I think I'd have to make it a daily habit if there was going to be any chance of keeping it up, and also, against all my romanticized ideas of journaling, I think I'd be more likely to write if it was on my computer.

I peaked at one of my high school journals a few months ago, and, like with reading old facebook messages or something, it just made me feel like an idiot. Maybe that kind of perspective is important?

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Re: Did any of you ever journal?
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2015, 08:24:39 PM »
You guys! Check out 750words.com! I just learned about it and it looks awesome.

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Re: Did any of you ever journal?
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2015, 01:43:09 PM »
You guys! Check out 750words.com! I just learned about it and it looks awesome.

ha.  The Artist's Way is how my therapist encouraged me to begin seriously journaling.  I still follow the 3-page freewrite rule, and it is really the easiest method to purge the bad feels and keep the habit up. 

.edit:  I just saw the cool data visualization on 750words... that is pretty cool.  I'm not sure how comfortable I feel journaling into the internet though.
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Re: Did any of you ever journal?
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2015, 11:33:50 AM »
I mostly embellish fucked up anecdotes from my life in short story format but i find actual journaling very therapeutic. Sometimes I have no idea how I'm actually feeling, I just feel like my body is a cellular prison and i'm just a gaseous vapor of insanity inside, nothing makes sense and when I actually put paper to pen, slowly I begin to understand what's going on inside. It's almost like i'm under hypnosis and speaking. I step back and read what I wrote and it's as if I'm reading someone elses work, someone who knows me and was able to write exactly what I wanted to say but didn't even know I wanted to say it or that that was what I was feeling. I generally have a feeling of convalescence upon completion.
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Re: Did any of you ever journal?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2015, 09:56:59 AM »
You guys! Check out 750words.com! I just learned about it and it looks awesome.
.edit:  I just saw the cool data visualization on 750words... that is pretty cool.  I'm not sure how comfortable I feel journaling into the internet though.

I feel that, too.
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Re: Did any of you ever journal?
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2015, 09:02:08 PM »
there was this awesome site OhLife that sent you an email every day and all you had to do was reply with a journal entry.  It would keep track and publish them all onto a private page.  Eventually they stopped having enough traffic/revenue and had to shut down the operation but it was kicking for a solid few years.  I'm really glad I have those records to look back on but I can't seem to inspire myself to write something down every day.