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    Default Blogs, journals, diaries

    What purpose do they serve for you in private and public?

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    In private, journals serve as places for me to express my concerns, worries, minor grievances, etc. In public, blogs (when I use them) serve as places for me to share things... from random thoughts to stories about myself, the things I've done, and probably more.

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    Journals help me feel like I have a voice.
    Help me collect my thoughts and feelings and organize them coherently and make sense of them -- find the patterns locked within.

    They're a connection to my past too, so that I do not forget.
    We forget SO much, I think. I read things I wrote a year ago and think, "Ah gee, that old already, the brain deteriorating so rapidly? I had forgotten I had felt that... or thought that... or so-and-so said that to me."
    The connection brings me back to myself in a sense, giving coherence in my life journey.

    Journals are also my voice to the outside world.
    For many years I felt like I did not have one.
    At least now I am uttering words that might fall on someone's ears (and do).
    And when face to face conversation is sporadic, or difficult to arrange, or doesn't allow as much opportunity to "go deep," journaling means I can just put myself out there and others can see it and hopefully know and understand me in large part, even if we haven't met yet.

    Also my way to feel like I am contributing to the bulk of humanity.
    Not just a connection, but an offering.
    "Here's my life experience. Maybe it'll help you in some way -- provide clarity, act as a roadmap to avoid danger, provide options you didn't realize you had."

    But I just can't not write. I started when I was about ten (and before then I was a voracious reader), and I've never stopped writing since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    They're a connection to my past too, so that I do not forget.
    We forget SO much, I think. I read things I wrote a year ago and think, "Ah gee, that old already, the brain deteriorating so rapidly? I had forgotten I had felt that... or thought that... or so-and-so said that to me."
    The connection brings me back to myself in a sense, giving coherence in my life journey.
    You're very interesting and emotionally complex, but very difficult to understand. My attitude tends to be that the past only matters in terms of how it impacts the present. I would often rather forget the past and deal with what I am today. Your perspective confuses me. I don't know why.

    Also my way to feel like I am contributing to the bulk of humanity.
    Not just a connection, but an offering.
    "Here's my life experience. Maybe it'll help you in some way -- provide clarity, act as a roadmap to avoid danger, provide options you didn't realize you had."

    But I just can't not write. I started when I was about ten (and before then I was a voracious reader), and I've never stopped writing since.
    So many things I don't understand... the obligations, the sense that things are so universal and inevitable, that things apply in such a way, the whole sense of certainty in meanings. It's so strange.

    I guess... thanks for sharing?

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    Journal can be used for venting and otherwise clarifying my thoughts. It's also a record of thoughts and random ideas. My public blog is for sharing ideas to people. I write articles that hopefully others find useful/interesting. It's also great writing practice for myself.

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    I think I agree with Jennifer's post. I find that it is really revealing and is an excellent way to codify things, so often the most intense and insightful things escape me because they are felt so much in the moment. I find when I have some method of getting those thoughts in a physical format that it's astounding the level of clarity into my mentality that it provides. I even find that a lot of the times that is when I do my best writing.

    It's excellent in that regard as well, after reading back on what I wrote I always find my self initially awed and appreciative only to then be somewhat disgusted, but in a good way like I want to improve the focus, cohesiveness, and effectiveness of my writing. I think that sort of parallels my mentality in any endeavor but in written (Blogs, Journals, Diaries) format it is even more noticeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    They're a connection to my past too, so that I do not forget.

    We forget SO much, I think. I read things I wrote a year ago and think, "Ah gee, that old already, the brain deteriorating so rapidly? I had forgotten I had felt that... or thought that... or so-and-so said that to me."
    The connection brings me back to myself in a sense, giving coherence in my life journey.
    This is primarily why I journal.

    I want to remember. I also enjoy every now and then reading what I wrote several years ago. It helps tie everything together (the connection you speak of), and also can be enlightening as I can see a progression/evolution in my understanding of myself, and how my perceptions and thoughts and beliefs change over time, and why. Also building upon experiences. And with the really happy moments, I love re-reading, and thus reliving them.
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    It does make a good way to record your own history. I use it for that, and sometimes as a way to discuss personal matters with friends (with a blog that includes granular security).

    Sometimes I also toss random internet stuff on there, like youtube videos or links to stuff I need to look at later on. Sometimes I just vent.

    It's a forum and a playground for my thoughts.
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    My public blog is for me to rant about art. My private LJ is for me to talk about my life and the things I don't mind (or sometimes want) my friends to know. My private journal (real) is for the things I can't say to anyone.

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    I write a few scattered scrips here and there, whenever I'm in the mood. I find that it's good to write in order to process what I'm thinking about. Sometimes when I finish writing I find that what I was thinking about wasn't really all that coherent. At other times it fuels the fire. Also, it helps to let off steam. Because I've deposited my thoughts elsewhere, they don't have to remain in my conscious awareness.

    Sometimes freeform writing is good to rev my mental cogs up and get to the point where I can actually produce meaningful material.

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