Monday, September 28, 2009


This evening I found my long lost journal. In dusting it off and cracking it open I learned that my last entry had been over a year ago. With the exception of this last year long hiatus, I've regularly kept a journal since sometime in 1999 or 2000. I've found writing my thoughts helps me crystallize them and I tend to deal with thoughts and emotions internally, mulling them for hours or days. This is one of the reasons I think I've stuck with blogging.

Keeping a private journal is a completely different feeling than keeping a blog. When I write here I'm intensely (sometimes even paralyzingly) conscious of my audience. Not that it's a large one. Here I tend to focus on software related discoveries and creations. It is one creative outlet, but one decidedly different from when I journal.

It was refreshing to scratch blank pages with pen, writing for an audience which understands me better than most.

Okay now how many of you, when you saw the title, thought that I was going to talk about a file system or database? :-) How about you, do you keep a private journal?


Anonymous said...

I've recently started journalling again. It is definitely useful for sorting through thoughts and feelings. Also I often "bootstrap" my day by reading the previous day's journal entry.

Jeff Scudder said...

Very cool, I had no idea. See, this blog thing is working already.

I tend to find that as I go through the day or week, I keep some things on my mind that I want to record. Writing these things down allows me to clear at least one corner of my mind.