I won’t debate about which journaling method is easier, smarter, better. Ultimately, I believe that every writer will have his/her own reason to choose one over the other. I’ve been journaling with pen and paper most of my journaling life – I say most because for brief periods I tried digital journaling.
There are many journalers who are all praises for digital journaling. That’s why I tried it. I journaled for a while in Penzu, but when it didn’t feel right, I thought of trying a private blog with WordPress.com. That went well for a few days, but I soon got tired of it and something just didn’t fit. I read about OhLife – and tried it. It was great to receive an email everyday, reminding me of the day and date, and the question: “How did your day go?” My journaling stint with OhLife was short and sweet – in time I felt railroaded by the question,”How did your day go?” When journaling became a mere act of answering OhLife’s question about my day, I knew it was time to stop.
I have since gone back to journal writing with pen and paper. But if you want to explore digital journaling, The Beginner’s Guide to Digital Journaling provides lots of information to get you started. It’s just one of the many blogs that explore digital journaling.
The digital world provides some gadgets that allow people to hand-write their journals, so it seems that digital journaling is really catching up. I think it’s worth a try, especially if your journaling needs a boost. That’s the reason why I tried digital journaling – I felt something was amiss and thought that a change would probably perk things up. But a shift to digital journaling wasn’t the solution for my journaling blues.
As for handwriting versus using the keyboard, “How Handwriting Trains the Brain,” an article published by the Wall Street Journal is a good read, and will give you much to think about.
Here’s to journaling!
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