Although I’m probably an above average journal keeper, I have never pretended to be perfect. I have even confessed that I only score a 4 out of 5 on my own digital journaling scale. I believe in it and I try to faithfully keep up with it, but I am still not where I want to be. Well, today I have some more confessions to share. I basically missed the month of October with my journaling. Oh, and most of September as well. This isn’t to discourage you but rather will hopefully help you. The reason I feel this short...read more!
Editors Note: Although I will get credit towards my phone bill if you sign up for Ting using the links below, this isn’t an advertisement. Ting never approached me about this. I found out about them, researched the service they offered and made the switch. The post below documents my thought process on a decision that would cost me hundreds up front but save me thousands in the long run. I have been very happy so far and wanted to share my experience with you. I will try and keep you updated on my Ting experience. My...read more!
When it comes to journaling, it’s more about the practice than it is about what’s being written. Creating a writing routine can make you a better person. In fact, it allows you to explore the depths of your soul and to consider possibilities that may otherwise be outside your reach. Journaling regularly allows you to have a better connection with yourself. You don’t have to censor your thoughts or your words. You can be crass, critical, caring, careful, calculated, and confident all at once. You can relive the best...read more!
Ten of the Most Creative Journal Keepers When it comes to keeping a journal, these people are pros. In fact, there’s a lot that can be learned from them about the process. With modern technology being what it is, it’s easier to share, engage, and even keep journals. In fact, the digital journal is what we promote heavily here. Some of the most creative journal keepers of all time include: 1. Julia Cameron. Author Julia Cameron set the trail ablaze for creative by sharing her ‘Morning Pages’ with readers of...read more!
You are reading this on a website about journaling because you are at least curious about what journaling can do for you life. You have either felt benefits of putting a pen to paper or fingers to keyboard or you believe that doing so may improve your life somehow. Okay, lets be honest. You are probably here because Oprah told you to journal. This brings up an important question and the focus of this post. Not the point about someone telling you to journal. …the point that Oprah is rich and famous. Oprah is just one of...read more!
Journaling causes you to push your edges. It has you exploring the confines of your comfort zone. It makes you question things and draw conclusions. It gives insight about the past, identifies areas of improvement, and helps your dreams take flight. With that being said, if you journal on a regular basis, you’ll find times where you need inspiration for your posts. The creative well may have run dry and you look for things outside yourself to fill it once again. If that is the case, and it certainly will be from time to...read more!
Express Yourself with an Art Journal Art journaling offers freedom of expression. Drawing, painting, and collaging enhance journal entries and allow journalers to capture the faintest details of daily events. Part art and part written word, the art journal brings to life thoughts, feelings, and experiences and puts them on the page for others to see. Although art journaling can be a very private affair, many people gain strength in sharing their Art journaling offers freedom of expression. Drawing, painting, and collaging...read more!
Seeing the growth of the Easy Journaling website and community over the past few years has been amazing and humbling. It has been an honor to take part in a movement that is growing so quickly with such passionate users at the forefront. Hundreds of you have joined the community via Twitter, Facebook and the mailing list. Thousands have commented on posts. Hundreds of thousands have visited the site. There comes a point in most projects where one man can’t just do it alone anymore if the quality and growth are to be...read more!
As you may have heard in the most recent podcast, our family has made some major life decisions recently. These have spiraled us into an exciting direction but has also given us low stability as we have been basically living with family and out of suitcases for a month. I say this to give context to the type of month that June was; not your typical month. Still, we managed to capture our life significantly along the way and have had some great moments together. This included our big move, several family gatherings and a...read more!
Greetings from CreateWriteNow, and many thanks to Sam, for hosting us here today! EasyJournaling focuses on the many different media with which to journal, and it provides a unique and much-needed service in doing so. Thanks again, Sam! I’m also going to talk about available media technology, but it’s nothing so new and untried as the techniques discussed in this blog. I refer to the lowly technology of pen and paper. Using pen and paper exclusively is one of the fundamentals of a Morning Pages practice. Are you familiar...read more!
The problem with a blog as opposed to, say, a book, is that blogs are living and evolving while books are (generally) static and considered a finished work. Books are organized so that you can start from the beginning and get the information presented on a sturdy foundation. For example, if you are reading a book on volleyball you will probably learn about the history of the game and the fundamentals of how to play before you get to expert techniques. Blogging is as big as it is for a reason, but that still doesn’t mean...read more!
Spelling bees are cute, aren’t they? Children gathering to demonstrate a talent that hasn’t been relevant since before they were born. This is comparable to me taking part in a typewriter competition when I was in grade school 20 years ago. Typewriters were largely irrelevant at that time just like spelling on the fly is largely irrelevant now. Spell check has killed the spelling B, even if society hasn’t come to grasp with that fact now. I’ve thought considerably about what role proper spelling and...read more!
In an effort to better measure and track the progress of myself and other digital journalers, I recently developed a method called ‘The 5 Levels of Digital Journaling‘ (you can see a summary here or get the full version here). This was my attempt to quantify all of the things that make great journalers great and reveal the signs and symptoms of those who have a long ways to go. Along with the 5 levels I developed, I also created a quiz that you could take so that you instantly knew where you landed on the spectrum....read more!
As I mentioned roughly a month ago, I am going to start reporting on how I am doing with my own personal journal keeping as well as other metrics of capturing my life. I will do this for two reasons: 1) hold myself accountable to the goals I am setting and 2) help you have some sort of bar to check yourself against. I am by no means perfect or the highest bar. Rather, I would consider my efforts perhaps above average with many exceeding the quantity and quality of my journaling and picture taking. May was a crazy month. We are...read more!
Digital Journaling Survey? Yes Please! It is always nice to find like-minded individuals around the interwebs and I’m excited to have recently bumped into Ramy from Narrato (okay, he bumped into me but… whatever). He and his team are not just creating a journaling service but an entire lifelogging service! This means that you will be able to track and quantify many aspects of your life automatically and privately…cool! As you know, as far as journaling goes I lean more to the capturing life side of things and...read more!