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A couple of weeks ago I decided I was going to try writing actual *journal* entries, like in a paper notebook instead of a public blog. 😱

I haven't done that in soooo long. Basically since I discovered livejournal existed almost 20 years ago.

I feel like I've gotten in the habit of publicly broadcasting my thoughts to process them, which means a lot of oversharing and a tendency to avoid writing until I can turn it into Content, which leads to a lot of scatterbrain.

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So far, though, I have written 0 journal entries since I decided that.

I used to write DAILY when I was a kid and now it's like I don't remember how. Kind of the same as reading. Like I used to just do it for fun because I wanted to and then grad school happened and you can't just read to *read*, you have to read *for* something and it's hard to break that.

Journalers, what do you even write about? How do you get started? Follow prompts or just stream of conscious?

I am so lost here.

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@zephasaurus_hex

what you had for breakfast, the weather, what the people you usually agree with about most things get wrong about this one specific thing ... anything to get the ball rolling, in other words.

@zephasaurus_hex for entries that I just want to write for myself, I put them on Private on my Dreamwidth journal. Might be an option for you, if you want to stick with digital journals?

@tozka I did that for awhile, but I think even writing on the computer puts me in the mindset of writing for an audience and kind of cuts off the creative/emotional process in favor of "Wait will this make any sense to people? Do I need to add 9 more paragraphs for context so they can follow along with my brain?"

This was brought to my attention by a co-worker who *actually read* my 3 page summary of a protest I went to (which I appreciate a lot and didn't expect) but let me know it was TMI.

@zephasaurus_hex definitely a hard habit to break. I think it took me a solid year before I could comfortably just write whatever without worrying about an audience— for the private entries, of course. It helped that I was doing a lot of bullet journaling that year, too, where I did more brain dump kinda writing

@zephasaurus_hex for my paper journal, I try to pick one interesting or significant thing that happened and write a few lines about it; usually then it’ll lead to more thoughts about related topics or events. I don’t really write about “here’s what I did today” stuff in minute detail because it’s just not as interesting to me, lol

@zephasaurus_hex that said, there are very famous diary writers who do just that, so obviously there are no rules! I’ll make lists of what I’m watching or reading, general money stuff, plans for the future, to do lists, recipes....

@zephasaurus_hex I don't journal daily. I do fill out my daily, and use a dot journal method (branch off of bullet journaling. No one knows what it is, so just bullet journal) to write in bulk.

Like if you want this from a historical perspective I can assure you your to-do list is historically important, especially if you mark off "be gay" daily 🤣

TLDR: consider what journaling means to you. You may need a different perspective.

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