Feeling inspired to start a blog?
Great! but throw away your handwritten journal just yet.
Journaling and blogging serve very different functions.
Blogging is a performance- you’re not just writing for yourself,you’re writing for a digital audience and hoping that their response will validate you.
That undermines the honesty achieved when you’re writing for your own eyes only.
Journaling is private and therapeutic.
It is medicine.
It is an appropriate companion for any difficult change.
Writing in a journal each day, with a structured, strategic process allows you to direct your focus to what you did accomplish and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow.
Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day, feel good about any forward progress you made and use a heightened level of clarity to accelerate your results.
According to research, writing about your experience-especially the difficult ones can help strengthen your immune system, reduce stress and lower your blood pressure.
“What a comfort is this journal. I tell myself to myself and throw the burden on my book and feel relieved.” —Anne Lister
Researchers are not convinced that taking your diary digital will result in the same benefits.
That doesn’t mean blogging is bad.
Blogs serve an important social function by bringing people together who otherwise wouldn’t be and allowing them to learn from one another.
Whether your passion is business, personal finance, cooking, politics, fitness, photography, or traveling, blogging gives you the opportunity to connect and network with like-minded individuals who share the same passions.
But when you want to search your own soul,you’re better off with a pen and paper.
Journals make it easy for me to look back over my own life and see the progress I am-or am not-making.
They can motivate me to stay on course or make positive changes.
My journals are a blessing to me and I would not take gold for them.
Whatever it is that you write, putting words on the page is a form of therapy that doesn’t cost a dime.
Just write every day of your life.Then see what happens.
“Some may say [journal keeping] is a great deal of trouble. But we should not call anything trouble which brings to pass good. I consider that portion of my life which has been spent in keeping journals and writing history to have been very profitably spent. If there was no other motive in view [except] to have the privilege of reading over our journals and for our children to read, it would pay for the time spent in writing it.” —Wilford Woodruff
– George Wisdom
PS – If you currently don’t Journal, I hope this post will motivate you to pick up that pen and start writing about your own life journey and experience- up to you.