This was originally a Live Journal posting. I’ve decided to close that account and move my posts to this blog.
I’ve never posted anything at Live Journal before. Well, this is it. My first posting.
I’m about half way through a great book on journaling – it was first published in 1978 but I’d never read it until now. The book is The New Diary by Tristine Rainer.
The book was written for those of us who still keep paper journals.
I’ve kept journals in notebooks for years. Of course these days some of the suggestions could be adapted for blogs, but that would depend on the person posting. For example, the technique of catharsis recommended in the book (one of many techniques) wouldn’t be what I would want to share in a public blog. Someone else might do it naturally daily. But that’s what I mean – it depends on the person blogging.
I’ve been keeping blogs for several years now … probably at least five years. It has been a lot of fun and I welcome the Live Journal experience. One of these days I’ll share links to some of my sites and blogs elsewhere on the internet.
UPDATE: October 30, 2014… I thought I’d post a little update to this… I wrote that short posting eight years ago. I still think that Tristine Rainer’s journaling book is the best I’ve ever read.
Many journaling books read like essays punctuated with lists of ideas to write about.
Not Tristine’s book!
This book has substance you can truly appreciate as you slog away day after day creating your journals and diaries. She had plenty of suggestions for the types of entries she’s seen (and written) in personal journals. She shares a collection of special techniques like lists (fun,fun, fun!) and attacks important topics like privacy, journal sharing, dream-work, use of journals for therapy, and the expansion of our creativity through journaling our lives.
Everyone has different feelings about what to do with old journals. Some people want to just take them out in a field to burn them.
I’ve always had the treasured thought that my kids might someday want to read them. Oh, they might be angry with me for some of my thoughts – I don’t know… but these journals do contain snippets of their childhoods and wouldn’t they want to know?
With that in mind, and considering I have five children, I’ve decided to digitize the old journals and then publish them on CreateSpace – at least for a limited edition that the kids would be able to own and read.
I’ve hit a few snags in that process and must write about them here in my blog soon. The project is very complex because I have a tall stack of old notebooks full of my journal writing. So much to do… so little time.
If there’s one thing that has characterized my life more than any other – it would be child-bearing, and then writing. And writing, and writing.
Oh look, I’m doing more writing right now! It just never ends.