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#610604 - 07/13/10 09:43 AM Electronic Journalling
Citygirl Offline

Registered: 04/26/10
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Hi, I have always said that writing a journal by hand is more therapeutic than typing it on the computer. I have kept notebooks for years. However, I am now not writing in my journal very much at all, even though I want to do, because my hand soon gets tired from writing and then I don't write as much as I need to, plus I do get concerned about privacy and I think I would feel more at ease knowing I'd got a password protected journal on a computer. I have now bought a notebook laptop which is easy to carry around and I guess when I don't have it on me and want to write I could write on paper and type it up afterwards. The thing is I don't know if this computer journalling will work. I do like the character of a written diary but I keep a handwritten appointment diary (which isn't as private) and I find this OK as I don't care for electronic appointment diaries as by the time you have accessed the date you could have flipped over a page in your diary and writing short entries doesn't make your hand ache. Also, regarding privacy, I have loads of paper journals locked in a tin but there still is the fear of them being seen, the lock being accessed or anything. What do I do with those? If I am to keep my journals on line in future then I don't want any of them hanging around to be seen. Typing the old ones up would take forever. How many of you journal on a computer and do you find it better than writing by hand?

Edited by Citygirl (07/13/10 09:44 AM)

#612751 - 07/26/10 07:39 PM Re: Electronic Journalling [Re: Citygirl]
leahmullen Offline
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Hi Citygirl. I have an entire bin of journals that I've kept since 1986 (with a long gap from 1988-1999). I don't worry about privacy in those as I think it's wrong to read someone elses journal, so shame on anyone who would read mine without my permission. I'm not concerned. They would be wrong. Not me.

When it comes to electronic journals, I don't do well with these in that I can't truly be myself when I'm typing. When I'm typing it's like I'm trying to compose. I'm going back and editing etc, whereas when I'm writing my thoughts by hand I'm more in touch with what I'm truly trying to express. My thoughts and ideas flow.

Also I love having actual little books to look through. You can't do that if everything is on the computer.

Edited by leahmullen (07/26/10 07:42 PM)

#615805 - 08/08/10 08:29 PM Re: Electronic Journalling [Re: leahmullen]
IH8FMS Offline

Registered: 07/09/09
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Loc: USA
Hello! I'd like to jump in here... I have been writing a journal for 45 years, and it's been over ten years since I started keeping it on the computer. Typing is a whole lot easier on my achey old hands than writing in longhand.

There are many ways to get more of a feel of journal-writing when you're typing. One is to use a journal-writing program. There are quite a few, and nearly all of them let you try them out before you buy them so you won't get stuck with a program you never use. Another way is what I did- namely to make a template in a word-processing program. I did one for Microsoft Word and sent it in to them, and it's actually available on their downloads site.

There are advantages and disadvantages for everything, I think. The lack of pen-and-paper feeling is, to me, compensated by my ability to insert images and change font styles anytime I like!

The journal resides on a USB flash drive, so it goes where I go.

As for my many, many volumes of old journals... I haven't decided what to do with them. I don't have any children to be either embarrassed or bored to death by my ramblings, so they'll probably eventually end up in a landfill after I shuffle off this mortal coil! As for now, I can honestly tell you that no one really gives a good rat's patooty about my writings...
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#751762 - 03/17/12 05:51 PM Re: Electronic Journalling [Re: Citygirl]
Lyn-Christian Lit Offline
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Registered: 07/19/09
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I really like the idea of keeping a journal on my computer. It's easier (and neater) for me to type than write. If I have to write something, i tend to put it off.

#769686 - 06/22/12 03:18 PM Re: Electronic Journalling [Re: Citygirl]
Encore DT Offline

Registered: 12/22/06
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I like the idea of keeping a journal on my computer but I will also admit that the feeling is not the same as when I write it by hand. Also about privacy, physical journals are easy to get to, but electronic journals can be hacked into as well. Plus, if your hard drive crashes, so do all of your journals, so you have to constantly back everything up. I guess there are pros and cons to each...

#770225 - 06/27/12 12:03 AM Re: Electronic Journalling [Re: Citygirl]
lala2121 Offline

Registered: 06/26/12
Posts: 5
I like having a journal, but i only write it by hand. Not really keen about the electronical journal hehe :)

#787232 - 10/10/12 03:27 PM Re: Electronic Journalling [Re: Citygirl]
Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames Offline
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You could always donate old journals to a historical society with a caveat that they not be opened for 100 years. I bet in 100 years that people might be interested in how people of "our time" thought, just like we'd be interested in reading journals from the 1800s.

I like having a pretty journal to curl up in bed with. I do also like doing online journals during the day, i.e. my blog posts.
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#792249 - 11/10/12 06:26 PM Re: Electronic Journalling [Re: Citygirl]
celeryhills Offline

Registered: 11/10/12
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I have to do both. I need to feel pen on paper, but if something is screaming to get out, then I turn to the computer. The only issue with this is that you have too many things in too many places.

#798368 - 12/31/12 12:57 AM Re: Electronic Journalling [Re: Citygirl]
Islandmom Offline

Registered: 12/31/12
Posts: 4
I was just reading an article on computer vs hand writing a journal. It said handwriting activates the brain more, so we are more apt to act on the goals or situations we were writing about. I'm not computer literate enough to journal on the computer, so have handwritten journals only.

#798535 - 12/31/12 08:07 PM Re: Electronic Journalling [Re: Citygirl]
Jennifer-Creativity Offline

Registered: 10/29/12
Posts: 36
Could you share what the title of the article is that you mentioned? I am really interested in reading it. I am someone that needs to write things out, whether it is journals or notes or a reading log. I don't retain things as long if I type them. Something about writing them down keeps them in my brain for that much longer so maybe that is why I retain them more.

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