Benefiting from private journal blogging

hands on keyboardI have written down my observations and responses to events in my life in diaries since I was 8 years old.  Keeping a private personal growth journal is therapeutic process that helps me keep in close touch with my inner brat.   ;)   But sharing every detail of my personal life with the whole world online in a public blog would neither be wise nor appropriate.  So I  have been keeping both a personal growth journal online and a dream journal in private blogs.

My commitment to journaling was flagging when I read Doreene Clements’ The 5 Year Journal in 2007  but her book spurred me on. I shared my approach to keeping dream journal in this blog. I have also published some of my dreams in this blog and doing these things encouraged me  to continue recording  my introspective internal journey in my private journal blogs.

1.   Catch your dreams - We dream every night and in fact we dream all day long too although we are rarely aware of it. Our dreams are not usually depicting real events, except in situations of remembrance or prophesy it’s true, but if we stop and consider then we will realize our dreams are real scenarios – manifestations of our unconscious thoughts and our emotions – manifestations built from the stuff of our lives and made alive through our imagination with the assistance of our intuition.

2.   Journaling Your Dreams Part 1 – Beginning – Journaling is an important way to help remember dreams. Journaling dreams can make all the difference between getting a valuable piece of information and completely losing it.

3.   Journaling Dreams Part 2 – Tips – Get yourself a dream journal. If you scratch down your dreams on scrap pieces of paper, or in general note pads, you’ll be sure to lose them. Here are some tips in helping your dream recall.

4.   Journaling Your Dreams Part 3 – Questions - When journaling dreams there are specific questions that we can answer that will assist in dream interpretation.

Keeping a private personal growth journal online

Using a keyboard is not that much different than using a pen and writing a journal in long hand. In a blog the process is essentially the same, but in a blog I can do more in the way of self expression by uploading and adding images, video and audio to the text. Writing in a blog editor is far easier for me as I do have swollen finger  joints and painful hands.

The way bloggers communicate and present themselves and their opinions online is important, but even more important than online presence is “to thine own self be true”. Authenticity is the character trait of being genuine, honest with oneself as well as others.  It’s more than that too. Authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite the demands of society or one’s conditioning.   – Blogging: Online presence and authenticity

Conversations with myself

My personal growth journal provides me with access to phases I have gone through. I  record significant events  and major issues in my life as they unfold, the issues I’m struggling with.  I return to what I record in my personal growth journal at later dates and I work things through by having conversations with myself.

Have a conversation with yourself and question your current strategies or aims. Criticize yourself. Praise yourself. Give yourself advice. Reflect on your mistakes.  –The Benefits of Keeping a Private Journal

I record the experiences that touch me deeply and  lead me to laugh or cry. I ask myself deep questions about what I think about them and I answer questions too. But most importantly, I record my spontaneous emotional responses to those significant events and life issues first,  then I revisit them again and again and record  my deeper thoughts about them as I move towards acceptance or resolution.

Gaining insight and healing

I have found that along with therapy, counseling, and meditation,  keeping a private personal development journal  is an essential part of my healing process. By undertaking the journal writing process I gain insight into my subconscious mind, insight I would not have gained if I hadn’t gone through the writing process.

I have used my journal to recall abuse and heal from it. I used my journal to chart my course through cancer and through recovery from a head injury. I’m currently recording my life struggles as a disabled person committed to overcoming chronic illness and stress.

By remaining committed to recording my thoughts and responses, posing questions and seeking answers  I am taking care of myself. The answers demand deep self-inquiry and to find them I must honestly explore my  desires and motivations.  I  must recognize not just my hidden  egocentricity, based on my attachments and aversions,  I must also find out where my non-negotiable commitments lie,   re-visit my core values, and make adjustments where required.  I use my personal growth journal to learn how to love myself and formulate strategies for setting myself free and becoming a better me.

The benefits of private journal blogging

Keeping a private journal helps me:

  1. record significant life events  and major issues and my responses to them;
  2. become aware of my inner dialog and gain insights into the workings of my mind;
  3. release disappointment,  frustration, fear and anger;
  4. become aware of my strengths and weaknesses;
  5. recognize patterns and best practices for replacing them;
  6. clear up confusion and solve problems;
  7. set goals and explore alternative ways of achieving them;
  8. express my creativity;
  9. celebrate my breakthroughs and victories;
  10. reduce stress;
  11. have more to compassion for others and more to contribute to relationships;
  12. remain committed to my personal growth, personal development and self improvement.

Discussion

  1. Do you keep a diary or journal?
  2. If so, have you tried private journal blogging?
  3. If so, what benefits you have received from keeping a diary or journal?
  4. Do you have opinions, either positive or negative, about the value keeping a private diary or a private journal blog?

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  6. Hi Timethief,
    I think this is the post you refered recently when visiting my blog.
    You’re obviously an advanced soul and writer, so much clarity and inspiration I find here.
    When I was a teenager I used to write a kind of mini journals in small note pads. As I got into it I realised I had to invent a non-existent language, like a code which no one else would understand what I was saying in case my Journal was discovered. Eventually I binned it as I couldn’t bear the pressure of being on the hide plus it was quite complex and time consuming (imagine subsituting every letter of the alphabet by an icon or symbol !!). I didn’t want to expose or share my thoughts or feelings to anyone so I didn’t want to take the risk.

    For a long time I didn’t keep a phisical Journal but through circumstances and recent experiences in my personal life where I reached unthinkable levels of emotional pain, I have started to put my thoughts in writing more often and recently even opened an official Journal on my pc using Word 2010 programme. As I read you talking about Online Blog Journals I wonder: how safe and private are they? I feel that someone behind the hosting site (being it WP, Blogger etc) will always have access to my deepest thoughts, feelings and moanings and whatever I choose to write about… so it’s a bit like that fear I had when I was teenager: that someone will discover my secrets, my dreams, my feelings etc…. Is it not? Or am I being a bit paranoid? :)
    What I have been thinking is to store my Journal in some form of “Cloud” (internet based storage platform, like Skydrive from Windows Live), as I don’t want to loose what I have writen if something happened to my computer. I wonder what do you think on this…

    As for the benefits of Journaling… I’m still in the early stage of this new project which I call “Conversations with Me”, but even so I feel very peaceful when I’m there and add content, writing directly from my heart without worrying about external opinions or if I’m upsetting anyone. I persoanlly feel that many times I have wanted to express myself in certain ways, perhaps direct and provocative ways, yet knowing that could upset a certain individual I wouldn’t say anything or changed the tone. With a Journal, we can say whatever we want, right?

    I hope it’ll help me to register mental trends, events, obsessions and expectations, feelings, emotions, dreams etc and then to analize and confront myself with them which will in turn enable me to set strategies and plans for a more resistant-free approach to life, for a more peaceful and enlightening way of living, a way of setting myself free from my Ego and all the associated trappings. It also helps me to be more aware of everything around me, even the slightest things, which are no more than clues sent by the Universal forces, most times in the form of coincidences.

    Another aspect is time. I know: “time is what you make of it”… but you being a “thief of time” what could you suggest to find enough quality time to write: blogs, emails, journals etc… (I work full time and only have evenings & weekends), dear Timethief? :)
    I wish you well and please never stop inspiring us all. You are a shinning light!

    • I’m so deeply touched by your comment I don’t know how to respond. Thank your for sharing here in my blog. I’m honord. Lately my time has been all caught up in being with my company while still getting my contracted work done. I’m enjoying my time with my friends and enjoying the summer. It’s so ggood to get to know you. May your summer be delight filled one.
      TiTi

      • You’re welcome TiTi! :)
        My pleasure too to meet you through such inspirational vibes here. I’m so happy you liked to read my input about Journaling. I’m on a self time management mission, trying to stay focused and creative at the same time. I wish you a wonderful Summer time. I’ll visit you again soon.
        TreeSpirit

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  10. Don’t worry, TT. Life gets in the way and your health and wellbeing are what are most important. Hope the computer/s are okay, but most of all I hope you are too!

    • I’m so honored that you chose to share with me and my readers. I struggle with fibro fog and pain most days but most days I am able to rise above both. I have learned not to beat myself up for being in the state I’m in. I try to focus on achieving small goals I set each day and I make sure I celebrate each small accomplishment.

  11. Hello TT. I’m so glad to have found this journal of yours and am looking forward to reading more posts here.

    I’ve been journalling since my teens and I’m in my late fifties now. With the exception of the first diary which unfortunately spanned about ten years and which, after a trauma, I threw out so that it wouldn’t keep reminding me of stuff I wanted just to forget, I’ve got all my paper diares still. In fact, I am now having problems finding where to keep them – they’ve already overspilled a cupboard and shelves! I miss that first diary now as I still vividly remember the trauma but have forgotten most of the small, apparently superficial details of my life that were my day to day existence (thanks to some hypnotherapy that went wrong and a prescribed drug whose side effects erased quite a lot of memory and got rid of my ability to ‘image’ internally – the latter’s been tricking back in bits and bobs slowly for the last couple of years; it still causes me a lot of distress having lost so much of my internal imagery).

    These days I write in a paper diary which is just a fairly sturdy A4 lined, hard-back notebook and I replace it every couple of years with a new one. In that, I write anything and everything that is important to me, to my inner life (I regard the parts of oneself that one writes to oneself as the inner life. The outer life is what I am willing to share on and offline with acquaintances, friends and family and of course my public blog’s readers, some of whom fall into the three previous categories. In my A4 diaries, I write to my future self, though there is no ‘dear me’ type of thing, I just write. Much of what I write is about my health issues, of which I have many. I also write about various… oh, I don’t quite know how to put it… well, internal ‘issues’, things I would like to resolve, problems within myself that get projected into the outer world.

    I also have a small paper diary that, in fact, I wrote about in my main blog some posts back. My sister gave it to me as a present and I adore it, it’s so gorgeous. In that, I write only positive posts – things that bring me joy, from the gift of that diary itself to what the birds are doing in our garden. It saddens me that, so far, there are so few entries, but I hope that will change in time. I do try to take steps towards it.

    And then there is my public blog, Absurd Old Bird. Recently I’ve begun a personal experiment of talking to my inner selves (I began with my inner critic) in a humorous way, quite openly for others to read. The reason for that was because in my paper diary, I was having a lot of issues with things I was keeping to myself out of fear and I just wasn’t making any headway with it. So I decided to just jump in at the deep end.

    I do have a private blog, but I very rarely use it. Even though my handwriting is pretty illegible (even to me!) and I prefer to type in general, I find that the sensory input of actually writing on paper is what I need to trigger a lot of my inner self to open up. And when I do use my private blog I find that all I’m doing really is whingeing to myself – which gets annoying to read every time I visit it.

    My paper diary is very therapeutic. I use it to find patterns of behaviour, patterns of health issues. I often re-read old diaries to see how I have overcome specific problems, what worked, what I keep doing over and over again and that I need to stop doing. I’ve never been without my diaries, I don’t actually think I could live any sort of even vaguelly healthy existence without writing them.

    As for dreams – before the drug got rid of my ability to see inner imagery and remember dreams, I’d kept dream journals, based on Robert A. Johnson’s book Inner Work that I found very helpful, and also on my own vivid memory (I went from a nearly photographic memory to very little at all, it was very frustrating). These days, I write down the dreams that I remember, in my main diary and jot down what they mean to me and, as the days pass, I also write down any other thoughts I have on them.

    Sorry this comment is so long… I’m nothing if not overwordy! Anyway, great post – nice to read something with which I can so readily identify.
    :)

    • Hi Val,
      Thanks so much for this comment. I’m sorry I kept it waiting so long for approval. I have been extremely busy at work and also at home getting my place ready for more company who will arrive on December 19th and 20th to celebrate Winter Solstice with us. On top of that I broke my own computer twice! And I broke my husband’s once. So the last week has been a marathon of taking computers in for repair and I have fallen far behind in my blogging.

  12. Hi Timethief (so well named!) Curious about decision to work online rather than off – I would be terrified some slip of a fingertip would reveal the whole thing to the internet world! I’ve kept journals since I was a child, though I deliberately destroyed them all in my mid 20′s. I think there was a hiatus, but certainly since my late 30′s, and on a laptop rather than longhand, I’ve resumed and never stopped writing. Upbringing and subsequent circumstances have made me very independent and self-reliant, and at times very isolated. With no one to talk to, I journalled to thrash things out for myself, as I might have done out loud with a friend, if only there had been one. I tend to re-read in short term (a few months) but very rarely back long-term; I seem to get impatient if I try to re-read old stuff, maybe a feeling of having moved on and it’s no longer relevant. Your link to dream journalling part 3, the questions to ask, is so valuable – for a little while I worked with a counselor who introduced me to that series of prompts, they helped make sense of otherwise apparently bizarre and meaningless dreams. The journals have always been a huge help and balancing factor in my life, but I’ve found recently I don’t need to write so often – maybe because with the changes in the past year – new country, new work, new friends – I am so much more content than I ever have been (no need to whinge!!). I don’t imagine I’ll ever quit writing, no matter how happy I am, though, as it seems to be right up there with breathing as something natural, essential and unquestioned in my life.

    • @Cynthia,
      Thanks you so very much for this comment. It’s so wonderful to meet another journaler (is that a word?). :) It’s great to meet another with a long time, or maybe even lifetime time, habit of talking to herself in writing. Welcome to the club!

      It’s probably not that coincidental but I also destroyed some journals in kept in long hand in my late 20′s. I relate to what you say about being alone and using a journal to thrash things out with yourself in short term. That’s what I use mine for and more besides. The dream journal questions work for me when it comes to making sense of what we experience, and I’m so glad to hear they work for you too — pass them on.

      What an exciting time this has been for you — new country, new work, new friends. And most of all you are happy and content. That’s so wonderful to hear. Thanks for commenting. :)

  13. I journal much the same way you do, for many of the same reasons. I also started as a young child…my father would write a “prompt” at the top of a page in a notebook and I was expected to fill the page with my thoughts every day, based on his prompts. I have several private journals, so many that I probably couldn’t name them all. Some of them are available to my family and friends to read, and I often find one on my daughter’s bed where she’s been reading it, or in the hands of my son at the dining room table. I no longer keep a private journal online but did so for many years. I prefer to handwrite mine, but like you, issues with my hands are beginning to get in the way.

    I’ve also used journalling as a parenting tool, to great benefit. I’ve encouraged my kids to journal…and they do. And they share them with my husband and I. We made a pledge to them at the very beginning that they would not be punished or disciplined for what they wrote in their journals, (IE: I HATE my mom, she’s such a B*TCH, she made me do the dishes) but that they were just a way of opening a line of communication. It’s worked great for over twenty years. We all feel as though our journals let us get to know each other on deeper levels than other parent/child relationships.

    My online journal started out solely for myself, but I find I am so drawn to the small audience I have that I tend to write for them now. I find it almost as enjoyable as writing for myself.

    I have a question for you TT. When you are writing, who are you writing “to”. Who is it that you imagine reading the pages? In some of my journals I write to the future me, the one who’s going to look back on them in the future…but some of my journals I write as if it’s other people who will be reading them, like letters. So, who do you write to?

    • Wow! Your comments are always so rich and the more I get to know you the more I find we have in common. To answer your question when I am writing in my private blogs (personal journal and dream journal) I am having conversations with myself. In some cases I’m writing to my future self. I never write in my journals as though the entries are letters to anyone but me. I have no intention of sharing what I write in them but from time to time I have included posts in this blog that were glimpses into what was going on in the private ones.

      When I am writing blog posts I am usually writing to the readers who leave comments. Sometimes I just write about what’s of interest to me and hope it will interest readers too. Other times I blog on subjects that I know are of interest because the subjects come up in support forums and when I write posts like that I’m aiming at a larger audience.

      • Thanks for the discussion TT, thought provoking and a pleasure, as always.
        I definitely think that any journalling I’ve done, when the purpose was a point of discovery or self-inquiry, was certainly written to myself, as well. I find they are often the most enjoyable to re-read later on, perhaps because I can see affirmation for having grown and evolved, which, like you, is always important to me. Journals are also a good tool when things are out of balance, I can go back and see what past responses were to certain situations. It plays really well with the memory issues discussed in your PTSD post.

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  15. When I was much younger I used to journal and I loved it. My main fear was my siblings/parents getting ahold of my journal and reading it. Now that’s not so big of an issue. Still, I do have some thoughts so private I’d be embarrassed if anyone saw them. That’s probably why I’m still hesitant. I do have a ‘Mom’ journal for each of my children chronicling their life with my own commentary. They are such a joy for my whole family to read. When they are all adults, I know they will be cherished even more.

  16. Years ago, as part of a professional degree course, I had to keep a reflective journal. That thing became the bane of my life! Every time I met with a client I had to journal it, identify the theories I had used; analyse how effective this had been; discuss what alternative actions i could have taken to afford a different outcome. It was very directed and then pulled to pieces by a supervisor. All it did for me was make me constantly indecisive! So that put me off journalling for a very very long time.

    Nowadays, I do reflect but I don’t write it up as such in a journal. I will often do a bit of reflection in my blog when I am discussing my recovery from addiction. But otherwise, I wouldn’t journal – far too dangerous for me. I easily believe my own spin!

    I do however have a mentor who has supported me ever since I stopped drinking – and i suppose my conversations with her are journal-like, as i tell her things I would have written down. It is essential for me to have someone to ‘bounce-off’ as my own perception about me can often be distorted.

    • Wow! That journaling experience sounds like it was a real trial by fire for you. It’s too bad that experience put you off journaling for so long. I do share what’s in my private journal with my therapist and in group therapy. And I do reflect on what I could have done better when it comes to life situations that were difficult but I’m not compelled to do so. Now I’m wondering if my therapist keeps a journal too.

      It sounds like you process better via conversations with your mentor and that’s good too. I do both and I haven’t found myself believing my own spin in my journal writing very often or for very long. What I have experienced is that returning to my journal and reading what I wrote previously reveals to me what my spin was, so I can deconstruct it and find the underlying themes in it, and deal with them.

      Happy blogging. :)

  17. I’ve always been fascinated by dreams and remember reading about dreams in a book by Erich Fromm in the 60s, whose name I can’t remember. It might have been TOWARD A PSCYHOLOGY OF DREAMING, but I’m not sure.

    And in college, we used to narrate our dreams and then draw them in a small group. Then we would exchange the drawings and compare the different approaches to our collective symbology of dreams. So it was an ongoing session of dream-telling, drawing, interpretation, and sharing, and better than group therapy, I’d imagine. Lots of themes emerged and the drawings were an interesting iconography in themselves.

    As a child and teenager I kept diaries, some of which i still have stuffed up in a box in my (stuffed) closet. As a young adult I wrote stories and novels, and found I could embed my values, fears and hopes in those plots.

    I haven’t done anything resembling a journal in a long time, but still find that writing description, poetry, or blog posts is great therapy. The bottom line is to have mechanisms for knowing yourself, I guess.

    Timethief, you always write wonderfully organized, comprehensive and inspiring posts, and I give you an A+ for the authenticity you mention!

    • @Lynda
      I recall reading a book by Eric From years ago but cannot remember the title. I’m thinking it may be the same one that you read. I also was in a college dream group that sounds very much like the one you describe. Later I was in an art therapy group and that experience was an illuminating one for me as we did devoted more time to dream analysis and interpretation. I continue to illustrate some of my dreams in my dream journal and sometimes I sketch them before I describe them in text.

      Thanks you for the kins words about my writing and authenticity. Although I don’t include details of my personal life in this blog, the issues I write about in it are all related to my own experience of living, loving and learning life’s lessons.

      P.S. Your new abstracts are amazing!

  18. Kudos on the journaling. As mentioned recently on BC, I’ve been journaling (although not blogging it,) for many years now. It’s been a great help in my own dreamworking, not to mention just learning things about me I’d never realized. It’s a great way to just get stream of consciousness stuff out, to vent, to note anything from my mood to the weather. I love it & have no plans to stop.

    • Hi Lana,
      I have found such value in journaling that like you I no plans on stopping anytime soon if at all. I have uncovered my greatest fears and my deepest feelings about life situations by journaling. My journal notes and scribbles are also the inspiration for my creative projects as well as providing insight into what’s going on in my head. It surprises me that more bloggers aren’t journaling as well. Thanks for commenting. :)

  19. Hi TimeThief, I personally have not kept a diary or a journal but have thought on more than one occasion to start one. Not sure exactly how to begin but after reading your post, I will begin doing so in order to see if the theraputic side of recording what happens in day to day life will help make life more enjoyable.

    Thank you for taking the time to share this post!

  20. I used to keep a journal but gave up about 20 yrs. ago when I found myself writing repetitively and not making much effort to word myself. Then did a cycling journal for a few years, where it was a blend of thoughts, observations and mileage during regular bike rides at home and on vacation. Over time, abandoned that also. Laziness I suppose.

    Then when I started to blog for an audience, it tapped into a reservoir of writing passion which I had buried. But that is because I’m motivated to write for a real audience, not just for myself.

    Private journalling is a great tool ..but for tough times, if it’s combined with active listening from trusted in-person folks, it can be the best of both worlds.

    I actually find if I end up writing privately just for myself, I end up repeating the same thing over and over, not varying my language/sentence style nor breaking out of same old thought processes. So I have to help myself with various friends and activities that I enjoy for self healing also.

    • @Jean
      It’s good to hear from you. Thanks so much for sharing your past journal writing experiences.

      I find a few themes in my private journal do repeat until I resolve what underlies them. Life’s lessons are like that. They are presented to me over and over again until I learn them.

      When it comes to my private journals sentence structure doesn’t matter to me because I’m the only reader and I’m not focused on creating a good read. If I were then I would be avoiding using the journal for the purpose it exists.

      I hope you are keeping well an send you my love.

  21. Hello timethief!

    I’m amazed and impressed with your incredible commitment to journaling. It really shows a high level of self care and self love. I’ve kept journals for different periods of my life, but I don’t think I’ve ever used them as constructively as you!

    I do have an online journal now, but I haven’t been writing in it much. I like to capture spiritual insights in particular. This article has inspired me to consider whether I might want to spend more time journaling. It would be a good way to remember the key points in my solar return report and look at how those themes and personal challenges evolve over the year.

    I don’t have a lot of spare time though and I already focus on a number of self-healing activities. At the same time, this sounds like such a wonderful way to zero in on my own growth and development.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    • @Sandra,
      It’s great to hear that I may have inspired you because I find you blog to be inspiring. My commitment to private journal blogging outranks my commitment to public blogging.

      I admit I find it very difficult to make time to do both, especially during tourist season and this pre-christmas season. That’s because we are self employed and our business is busiest during these seasons. They remain the main opportunities to make enough income to support us until the cycle repeats.

      Thanks for your comment.

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  23. My blog is my diary, and I keep it public. My counselor reads it, which helps her gain better understanding of my day to day struggles and how they relate to the issues we talk about in therapy. I am very authentic in my posts; I talk about my struggles with depression, relationships, boundaries, addiction, etc. I’ve had my blog almost a year, and recently I have opened up about some issues that I had kept secret. It helped free me from many negative emotions I was harboring against myself. I’m still very much a work in progress and my blog chronicles my journey. Blogging has been one of the few saving graces in my life.

    • Hi Kristin,
      I sounds like you are well underway with your blogging. And it seems you are blogging publicly about the issues I blog privately about. Best wishes to you in all you do and thanks for commenting.

  24. Hi Titi–I have always journaled–and my blog is a kind of a journal, although I don’t write everything online the way I do in my private journal. Journaling has saved me in so many ways–but I’m not sure I would do a public online journal.

    I think your list of the benefits is spot on–and those are all the reasons why journaling is so beneficial. I have always kept a small notepad right next to the bed so I can write down my dreams. I forget most of them unless I do–but some of my greatest inspirations have come from my dreams.

    • @Melinda,
      It’s so interesting to hear that you also keep a dream journal too. Keeping a dream journal has helped program my unconsciousness to remember dreams and I’ve received more insight than inspiration from recording and analyzing my dreams. Thanks for your comment and praise re: my benefits list too.

  25. I haven’t journaled in an online format, but I HAVE journaled using word processing tools and printed my pages out and tucked them into a more standard journal.

    This was helpful because it was easier to edit thoughts– and make confusing ideas more clear. It helped me keep pace with my thoughts, because I can type faster than I can handwrite. And it also was great because I just have really lousy handwriting and I thought it would help make it more readable for my own future reference.

    • Thank you you for the feedback. I love the artistic aspects of handwriting and have been into calligraphy for many years. When the joints in my hands began to swell and cause me pain I was devastated. I made my living with my hands and as the pain increased I had to give up painting in the style I had previously painted.

      Well, that’s when my family and friends began their campaign to get me to buy a PC. I was a very resistant to the notion that I needed a home computer and I argued against the idea for months, but 7 days after I had one in my possession I was on top of the world. I had a huge long distance bill the first month because I was calling everyone for help. Tutorials on discs and books arrived by snail mail and I began the process on learning how to use a PC offline. Eventually I went online and that’s when I registered my first private blog.

      I currently blog directly into my private personal development blog using the blog editor. When it comes to my dream journal I still keep it in a long-hand form. However, every couple of weeks or so I type the entries into a blog editor and publish them in a private blog for exactly the same reason you mentioned – readability.

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