Many influential people in history have kept detailed journals of their lives. My theory is that the journals served as a release of stress and create a commentary on your daily life.
I’m not influential, I’m just an ordinary person, and since the 1980’s I’ve kept a journal in one way or another. I have a bookshelf of journals, some illustrative, some just short notes. I kept shopping dockets from the 80’s. My eldest sons first pay packet. School results, and even my working day life as a fashion designer.
The creative benefits of keeping a journal are also well documented. You’ve likely heard that the best way to get better at writing is to just keep doing it. That’s true, but the benefits go deeper than just crafting better sentences.
Many years ago, I would copy my blog posts and print my own book to give to my Mum for Christmas. She shared it with all her friends and it became an annual event. When she passed, I took them back and I love re-visiting them every now and then.
However, now journals are high tech. Many of you are Face book ‘Featurists’ or write in some other form of social media, maybe even a blog such as this one.
Since January 1st 2013 I’ve had my Facebook journals printed. 1258 pages of photographs and writing. Along with my writing are the comments of the first 10 viewers. It makes for interesting reading. The books are beautifully printed and trust me, I’m fussy when it comes to the reproduction of my images. Every now and then I will look up what happened on the day, two years ago…..one year ago.
And here it is. My FB entry for December the 1st 2014.
I’m looking forward to be able to have a book like this for my blogging journal, I have written over 3650 blogs in the past 10 years…. so it will be expensive to have them printed… but Gees you only live once.
My photographs are my journal.
My illustrations are also my journal.
And my thoughts are my journal.
The image at the beginning of the post is a photograph superimposed on my journal. I love this image. I will never forget it.