» Micro-Journaling

Do you Tweet? Use Facebook? When you post those updates, you are essentially micro-blogging. Want to journal but don’t know where to start? Try micro-journaling! Simply put the date and a sentence or two of what’s going on in your life. If filling entire pages with life experiences, goals, or day to day thoughts isn’t your thing, this will allow you to put a minimum to paper for you to reflect upon at a later date – or to pass on to a future generation.

So many people think that no one else would ever want to read what they’ve written, but I bet most of them would jump at the chance to read about a day in the life of a long gone ancestor.

Or not. :o)


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Posted on September 8th, 2011 by Stephanie
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I started doing that this year. Just a few lines about the events of the day, little to no elaboration. What I like about it is that I can capture what happens every day and save my “macro-journaling” for longer or more involved topics, which can take me a few days to complete. I’m not compelled to get my daily life and general thoughts down in the same place every day. If there are significant events to chronicle, I can also add them into the larger journal at my leisure. I highly recommend this method of keeping up with one’s life and thoughts.

I think this is a wonderful idea – last fall I promised myself I’d jot in down in a notebook rather than tweeting it and thus falling into the huge time-sink that is Twitter/FB. It was great for a while and then somehow I stopped. Your post is a terrific and timely reminder to start it again!

…er, of course I did find this post through twitter :/

but there’s still a place for the microjournal! There’s a difference between information sharing tweets and updates and momentary observations.

I do that. Write a cryptic sentence or two that no one understands but me, when I’m not in the mood for “full” journaling.

It really bothers me when people pour their hearts with “secret” messages of FB/Twitter that no one, but them, knows the person that are directed to. I secretly think “that’s what journals are for” :P

Such a simple idea, I like it. It makes journaling in general, and starting a new journal, less intimidating.



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