Posted on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 11:05 am by Kathy Filo

While I was writing my blog last week, I was thinking that it was sort of like writing in a diary. Remember those growing up? Although, the new term for this is called “journaling” – writing down your thoughts and experiences. By getting your thoughts out of your head and putting them on to paper, you gain insights you would otherwise never see. This process can enhance both your personal and professional life.

A diary is more of a descriptive list of the day’s events, and a journal is more of a reflection of the day’s events with expressed emotions. Both are “old school” in the sense that you are using pen and paper instead of a computer. “New school” is Blogging, or creating an online diary. is a great site to visit if you are thinking about creating a personal online journal.

This prompted me to buy a diary at Chapters this past weekend, and I wrote my first entry already. I was flip-flopping between two different covers when choosing it, however. If you’re like me, and you like books with nice covers, has a large selection of journals to choose from with very cool covers – whatever you fancy. They come with a wide variety of papers to choose from, as well as one-of-a-kind journaling designs. You can also look for journaling gifts and custom journals to make your writing experience more meaningful.

There are also online tools to help make your journal experience a positive one. is a Canadian site that does this. Very interesting. My weekly Blog posts might benefit by me reading about some of these tools. We’ll see. I’m sure that some entries will be better than others!


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  1. mmm I used to try to blog, or keep some form of regular updates. I like the ability to go back and reflect later on the feelings and concerns you had while you were going through something, as well as the ability to track how things progress over time.

    Now I have given up on the idea of frequent blogging or journaling, but I do have a site where I keep my (non-freuquent) updates and reflections, and the rest I spread over comments like these, facebook, twitter, tumblr, and other social media sites.

    Journaling is a great idea, and too often we end up just doing informative writing – I think it's important to be creative through writing and art and music or whatever way you're gifted!

  2. Tom, I think it's like anything – once you start you have to keep it up for it to become a habit. I have two entries in my journal now. I don't think it will be a daily thing for me, though. I'll write when something strikes me in a profound way.

  3. It is interesting how most people go from a personal type blog and then move into a professional one once they have it figured out –if thats their fancy πŸ˜‰ I on the other hand, tried starting with a professional voice right from the get go — I am actually thinking of moving to something a little more personal.

  4. That's great, Bryan. You'll have to let me know how it goes with the personal blogging πŸ™‚ Me, I'm flip-flopping between professional and personal depending on my mood that particular week. Next week will be a personal one for me.

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