Writing On the Keyboard: Four Ways to Journal Through the Internet

By Katie, 5:33 am

Considering how much I enjoy writing, you would think that journaling would come easy to me. It is definitely one of my most effective tools for exploring my thoughts and emotions, but for whatever reason I have a tendency to resist doing it. Perhaps because it’s so effective? Because it brings so much to the surface that I sometimes wish would just stay hidden?

In any case, I try really hard to make journaling a habit. I have spiral notebooks of various sizes planted in strategic locations – next to my bed, in my purse, at my office, etc. – so that taking 10 minutes to jot down my thoughts, emotions, and ideas seems less like an inconvenience. 

For me, journaling only works when I’m writing by hand. Because both my job and my main hobby require writing on a computer, my brain seems to open up better when I’m using a pen and paper. And writing by hand allows me to scribble furiously all over the page, ignoring the nicely organized lines. It’s quite therapeautic for a perfectionist like me. :-)

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But in this day and age, I know many people find writing by hand to be too arduous. Or maybe they get frustrated because they can type so much faster than they can write. Whatever the reason, here are four ways to take up the practice of journaling while sitting in front of the computer.

Four Ways to Journal Through the Internet

1. Start a blog.

 No doubt writing a blog can be extremely therapeutic. And while I prefer to journal privately first and then organize my ideas for the blog, I know some people feel perfectly comfortable sharing their stream-of-consciousness writing with the world. They enjoy the give-and-take, write-and-respond element that a blog adds to the journaling process.

2. 750 Words

The website 750words.com provides motivation and encouragement to type up at least 750 words per day. It doesn’t matter what those words are about – your dull trip to the grocery store or your emotional trip down memory lane – just so long as you get something onto the screen. You even receive electronic badges for accomplishments like writing every day for 10 days or writing an entry without taking any breaks. It’s the little things. ;-)

3. Oh Life

For those who simply forget to write in their journal, there’s the website OhLife, which markets itself as the easiest way to write your life story. When you sign up, every evening you automatically receive an email asking you how your day went. Your response is then instantly saved on the site.

4. Memiary

The website Memiary – a combination of memory and diary – calls itself a “weightless pocket diary.” It provides space for you to record up to five memories per day. It can be anything from a fun party you attended to a revelation you had about the course of your life.

Journaling is a wonderful practice because it gets your thoughts and emotions outside of your head. Whether your words end up in a notebook or on a screen, they are often easier to manage when not confined to the barriers of your brain. So what are you waiting for? Get writing! :-)

Do you keep a journal? Why or why not?

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Do you like the idea of journaling online? Or do you prefer the old-fashioned pen-and-paper approach?

6 Responses to “Writing On the Keyboard: Four Ways to Journal Through the Internet”

  1. If I leave journaling to pen and paper, it would never happen. I actually journal on a private blog but think those sites you mentioned are pretty awesome. I am a big fan of free writing which is a bit different than journaling but ultimately serves the same purpose.

  2. Tamara says:

    I don’t keep a journal, because it’s too much work and I don’t have a dramatic enough life to record. Seriously, most of my entries would be like, “Sunday. Woke up at 10. Made pancakes. Read blogs. Treadmill. Lunch. Schoolwork. Dinner. Sweetie played video games again. I watched last week’s shows. Have to get up early tomorrow. Goodnight.” So instead, I pepper my blog with the one or two interesting things that occur each day and pretend the rest was at the same caliber :D

  3. I had a pretty regular journaling habit in high school that slowly went away (with sporadic regularity) in college. I really love the paper journals and fancy pens I get for journaling, however most days I can’t get myself to sit down and do it. I know it will help me get down to the buried stuff and help with my recovery, but I guess the amount of time it will take to do so is pretty daunting.

  4. Meg says:

    I like these online journaling ideas, especially the oh life one. I might have to peek into it and check it out!

    I agree with you that nothing can compare to paper and pen though. When I’m having a frustrating day, I just write down all the words or thoughts I’m feeling and it feels so much to write it down and release it on paper. I’ve kept journals on and off in my life and though I might not write in them daily, it’s such a kick to go back and read my old journals (especially those angsty teenage years).

  5. I absolutely love all these ideas. I opened up an account on 750. Ok, 750 is a lot of words! haha :

    I want to do something on every single one of these sites.

  6. Alina says:

    I’ve never been able to journal, although I’ve tried many times over the years. I did just start a blog (as per my URL, haha), and I am having a lot of fun writing in it (as opposed to journalling, which makes me feel like I have to describe my day – too specific for me). But I really like all of your suggestions, and I think Oh Life and/or 750 words might be up my alley as well.

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