I’ve yet to make a master list of reasons why I am becoming more and more convinced that digital journals are superior (for me!) than handwritten journals with pen and paper. My ebook Modern Journaling contains 9 specific reasons and I am noticing new ones continually as technology improves and the world moves in that direction. Perhaps some day soon that full list will present itself, but until then I give to you one of my favorite reasons why I choose eJournaling in this day and age- Copy/Paste.
My handwriting is atrocious so I already prefer a keyboard over a pen, but when there are additional ways to make my journaling even easier, I’m usually in. When you copy and paste, you are basically having someone else do the typing for you. That’s right, put other people to work to improve your journal!
You may be wondering why you would ever want to copy and paste someone else’s words into your personal journal. There are, in fact, dozens of reasons why, including these suggestions:
I’ve been journaling now for about 16 years. It all stared when my son’s 6th grade teacher gave them a year’s assignment: Keep a journal. My son was not at all happy when he came home that day. To cheer him up I agreed to also keep a journal with him that year with the agreement to write every day. So we went down to the local stationary store looking for the smallest diary we could find. When the year was up neither of us could stop.
My journaling has evolved over the years. It stared with a postage stamp sized lockable journal and mutated to a larger 5 x 7 and then an 8 x 10 and then back down to the 6 x 8, which I think is the absolute idea size for a analog journal. By “analog” I mean a hand written journal.
In 2010 Buster Benson started 750words.com and I started to write online with a 750 word goal of writing each and every day. This introduced me to digital journaling. Buster’s site displays graphs and statistics about your entries over time. If you don’t mind putting yourwords out there, its a great place to write.
A while ago I was approached by Mari from Create Write Now about helping her make the famous journaling website mobile friendly. I was flattered that she would ask me and, even though I had never done such a project, was willing to give it a try. A weekend of cutting, pasting and adjusting later, I had a few page mockups designed of what this mobile website could look like so that she could give them to her developer. Apparently my designs were good enough because lo and behold, if you visit Create Write Now from a mobile device you will now see a big change and I am honored that I helped design it.
If you check it out, you may also see a link in the bottom right that says ‘eJournaling!’ This was added so that users interested in getting started with journaling on their smartphones, tablets or computers can get the best expert advice available. Yup, you guessed it, that link takes readers here to Easy Journaling. Thanks Mari!
Since the beginning of Easy Journaling, Mari has gone out of her way to help me in whatever way possible. This has included guest posts at Create Write Now, personal advice about running a website and even an occasional email just to see how I am doing. Mari is the real deal and I hope that you will support her by jumping over to the authority on journaling, Create Write Now. At this website you will find journal prompts, encouragement, stories of success, resources and much more.
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