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!
In today’s world, it can be very easy to focus on the things we don’t have rather than pay thanks to the things that we do have. Indeed, that’s when keeping a gratitude journal comes in to play. Not only does it take the focus off our unnecessary wants, it gives us a reason to reflect on all of the good things in our lives. And you shouldn’t limit the project to just yourself. Instead, involve the whole family and let the gratitude journal your children keep become a way to show them what is truly...read more!
Journaling regularly is a very satisfying act. It’s the type of pastime with numerous benefits. Not only does journaling give you a private place to record your thoughts, it gives you the opportunity to revisit different times in your life and reflect upon the growth and progress you have made as a person. Your journal can enhance the quality of your life, help you pinpoint your dreams and aspirations, and strengthen the relationships you have with your family and friends. So, how can you improve your journaling...read more!
Photo Credit: Peter Griffin Do you love the convenience of modern technology but also enjoy the solitude found in the Great Outdoors? Does your idea of ‘roughing it’ differ than your family and friends? If you answered, “Yes,” to these questions, you very well fall into a category of modern day campers, hikers, and explorers that are online and connected throughout the course of their journeys. Thanks to a handful of incredible inventors, you can take technology with you while you sleep under the stars. Best 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!
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!
Get 101 Reasons to Write a Journal and Modern Journaling (plus more) bundled for a low price today! My relationship with Penzu has been well documented. It started as a nice online journal that I hoped to use someday to something that I used daily for more than a year. It went from something that I was infatuated with to something that I was ultimately frustrated with. To read more about Penzu, click here. It has been nearly six months since I started using Diaro 3 for Android (and PC) as my daily journal and I still love...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!
We write a lot more words than we typically give ourselves credit for. Not only am I constantly writing blog posts on this and other sites, but I frequently write detailed emails to close family and friends. Throw in social media, commenting on other websites and personal journaling and I average probably a four digit word count every day. I wouldn’t be surprised if you do too. When it comes to my digital journal word count, I cheat. I’m bad. I steal, plunder and plagerize. But it’s all okay! I’m not...read more!
If you have done a diligent search for a quality journal app for your smartphone and tablet you may have been attacked by a flurry of features. Emoticons! Links! Video! …and so on. As great as these sound and as wonderful as it is to capture your life in such a variety of ways, I argue against using most multimedia features that digital journals offer these days. The exception? Pictures. If it isn’t clear already, I teach that you shouldn’t use these sort of bells and whistles because in the end you...read more!
I’m a stat nerd, so to be honest, I’m not sure why I haven’t done this before. It all started with a simple question I had the other day: How much have I really written in my journals? It wasn’t the sort of question that has no answer or is not quantifiable, it was a very clear and direct question that I knew I could find the answer to. I turned to the tool that I have become oh-so-familiar with as an aspiring engineer- a spreadsheet. Now I must be clear on a few points. First of all, I didn’t...read more!