What Is Journaling?

Journaling or journal writing is putting pen to paper to write, express, illustrate, document, capture or record just about anything you want, need to or feel like.

In the past, journal writing was traditionally done using a simple lined notebook, blank book, slum book, or diary.

These days, you have all sorts of fancy, chic, colorful and handsome journals on just about any topic.

You may even create them yourself, by binding lined or blank sheets or through printshops.

Journaling with Shabby Sheets

But who says you need to spend a fortune for those commercial journals?

Well, you don’t!

You may use any writing material for your journals:

  • Clean, unused paper
  • Recycled paper
  • Crumpled or torn paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Receipt
  • Bus, movie or event ticket
  • Post-it-notes
  • Card
  • Index cards
  • Cardboard boxes.

If there’s nothing else, your palm would do the trick. I use Google mail on my cellphone every day, these days.

Worry about posterity later. For the moment, capture whatever you must.

Your goal is to seize the moment (and making sure to move your writing over to a more durable form afterwards).

Believe me. I’m no newbie to this kind of journaling.

Journaling for Moms

Like any kid with fertile imagination, my little ones whipped up just about anything – stories, poems, jokes, quotes, thoughts, doodles, songs, shapes, shades, textures.

Their creative stock came randomly, unplanned, and in splashes, bursts and roars. A mom has to be ready for these but many times, I wasn’t. I had to settle with what I had, including shabby, throwaway sheets.

Journaling and Coloring: From Hobby to Creative Enterprise

I could tell lots of stories about this but that would be for another post.

Looking back, I find those moments precious and priceless. I can say with certainty now that they won’t happen the way they did… especially now that my kids have grown up.

I’m glad I took the pains of “catching those happy moments” even with shabby sheets, which I have kept, by the way.

Publishing: Journaling to Write a Book 

For those glued to their screens like forever, rest assured that your computer doubles up as a journaling tool.

That’s how my youngest son’s book got created. I was sitting on a work table across him tapping (almost pounding) my laptop keys to capture his words, verbatim.

 Blogging: Journaling with Your Computer

Those who are into blogging know how well they are able to chronicle their activities, take note of their experiences, thoughts, emotions, wisdome, even silliness. Call that online journaling or weblogging where you use a website as your diary or journal.

Summing Up

Journaling is for everyone and for various purposes. It may capitalize on writing materials that are readily on hand, including shabby sheets.

The purpose of journal writing is to capture ideas, emotions, memories, stories, poems, art, and practically anything you want written.

On unplanned moments, use shabby sheets and move them over to a form that would withstand the test of time.

Here’s your challenge: Do whatever it takes to write  down what you must. 

Journaling is a process and experience whose fruits go a long way.

2 thoughts on “What Is Journaling?

  1. I wish more people would understand the power of journaling. When my late husband passed away I created a blog where I poured out my pain. At times I couldn’t even see the computer screen through my tears, but by the time I finished my post, the tears had dried up. It’s such a relief to release your feelings through your words.

    I also use the Notes function on my iPhone. Sometimes you just have to get stuff out of your system. Oh, and I’ve used napkins and receipts as well.

    Great post!

    • Losing a person you love is heart-wrenching and life-shattering. You never know when darkness ends and you have to hold on to something to see the light of day. Journaling is a powerful tool to have, almost like a real friend who’s always there ready to listen, doesn’t pass judgment, and waits until you get back on your knees. I’m glad you had your weblog, also a form of journaling, to help release those tears.

      Yes, those cellphone, napkins, and receipts!

      Thanks for sharing yourself, Eydie! May you and your loved ones be blessed always.

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