So Yeah, I Keep A Journal
From January 17th Revue Post
Do you keep a journal?
I have over the years started many journals, usually during tumultuous times in my life when I really needed to vent, only to delete them after things had settled down. In all honesty, I've done the same thing with the many blogs I've had over the years. After a year or two I'll look back and cringe at what I had written, and start deleting posts, or just delete the whole blog and start over again. I'm a bit of a Gemini in those regards.
In 2020, I was lamenting the fact that I had thrown away all those writings and so much of my history over the years, so I decided to start keeping a journal again, and to actually keep it this time. I have managed to write almost daily since that day, and here I am in 2022, starting another year of journaling. As well as starting fresh with a new platform to host my blog. Though this time, the old blog posts are still there, and in case anyone is interested in reading them, you can do so HERE!
Anyway, I was thinking that I'd like for my blog to be in some ways more like a journal, well the parts of a journal I'm ok with people reading. Of course, I'll keep my personal journal for all the private stuff, but I want my blog to be more personal and to show a bit more of who I am and not just what I do. Basically, if I get the inspiration to write something down and feel the need to share it with the world, I don't want to talk myself out of it because it isn't about photography or travel. Ok? Ok!
I mean I was already doing that somewhat on my old blog, but mainly because of COVID and all the crap that was going on with that. I just want to carry on with it, and I don't want to feel as if I have to be apologetic about it. Because, my life isn't always about photography & travel, especially not lately, unfortunately. But, I still have things to say and this is my platform. So yeah, I keep a journal and a blog, and sometimes they look a lot alike and sometimes they don't, and that's ok.
And, if you don't currently journal, I'd highly recommend you start. It's therapeutic and if you suffer with anxiety (like myself) you'll find that writing down the things floating around in your head helps you to stop obsessing over them. It's also just good to be able to safely vent, especially with the current situation in the world.
It's easy to get started. Simply open up a Word or Pages document, and let the words flow onto the page. Or, if you'd rather do it the old fashioned (yet still very relevant) way, pick up a blank journal/diary like my latest and get started. That's right, I have some journals, diaries, notebooks, and the like on Amazon, so check them out! But you can use anything really, a blank notebook from the dollar store will suffice. It doesn't have to be fancy to work. The most important thing is that you just get started.