Personal Journaling

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Journals as a Source of Historical Information

Most of us will not write a journal with the intention that it will become a source of historical information. This is so because we do not feel that we are living in a time that deserves to be captured on paper. Anne Frank’s now famous diary captured the horrors of the Holocaust. This diary is of great significance as it captured the day to day trials of a person living in hiding with her life at stake. It is a period in history that we hope will never be repeated.


The question is; how do we know that what we write in our own journals will not be of historical value to someone else? Our lives do not need to be traumatic or painful to be written down. Even if it is, maybe what we journal will convince others to take a different path. Many of us are parents, grandparents, aunts, teachers and what we say about our lives might provide important lessons to someone else. We may even want to leave special stories or advice for persons who are special to us.


The world is rapidly changing and what we experience today might be gone tomorrow. Hence, our words might be beneficial to future readers. It might not be a monumental historic occasion but even mundane rituals might become important. Still, if we want to write about something serious, there is the economic crisis and it affects all of us.


Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.


Sheryl A. Keen

Author “Journal According to John.”




January 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Personal Journaling Styles

A few people have commented to me that they do not know how to write in their journals. Personally, I don’t believe that there is any particular style that anyone needs to adhere to. Just be true to whatever you are writing.


Here is an example of how a journal entry could look.



January 16, 2009


Today I was told that my dad died. Sounds like devastating news doesn’t it? It would be for a typical person. Unfortunately, I am atypical. My father was already dead to me and has been for most of my life. For the past twenty years I have been saying my father is dead to all who asked.


I was not being cynical when I said that. My parents divorced when I was five and that was the last time that I ever saw or heard of him. In the truest sense he was dead. I was fair. I gave him five years to reappear. In those five years I said he was away. By ten he was dead.


I felt more emotion for deaths that I saw on the nightly news. I am thirty years old and now I can tell the truth. What do I really feel? There is a sense of regret for what will never be.



This is really all there is to it. Just write.


Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.


Sheryl Keen

Author “Journal According to John.”


January 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why Personal Journaling?

 People have been journaling for a long time and for many different reasons. In the economic climate that we are in; it’s probably a good idea to journal your thoughts. Even if you are not affected by what’s going on in the world right now you can still journal.


If you have no idea about what you would write about, here are a few thoughts.

  1. If you are in a creative area, you might want to use a journal to brain storm. The best thing is there will be no one to shoot your ideas down.
  2. You can journal about your goals and how you are going to achieve them. The best thing is you can analyze your progress to see if you are on track.
  3. If you are going through a crisis such as a death, job loss, divorce, etc, writing about it is going to assist you. The best thing is you have your own little therapist and you don’t have to shell out $200.00 an hour.
  4. If you are on a spiritual path, journaling is a good tool to direct your thoughts. The best thing is the only judge of your journey is you.
  5. If you are planning to change the way you eat or simply keep track of what you eat, you can keep a food journal. What’s the best thing about this? You will see exactly what you are eating.


This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the things that you can journal about. If you are still wondering why you should write in a journal here are some things to think about.

  • A journal can be therapeutic as was mentioned above.
  • Writing things down can help you to keep track of them.
  • It can make things clearer and help you to discover  things about yourself that might be in your subconscious.
  • It can help you to gain and build on ideas.

In the end you may journal about whatever you want. It’s your thoughts after-all.


Are you journaling? If you are, what are you writing about?


Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

January 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment