Mark Your Calendar: 30-Day Digital Journaling Challenge

Join 3If you’re wanting to develop a journal writing habit, or you want to try your hand for the first time at digital journal writing, then mark your calendar for the 30-Day Digital Journaling Challenge.

The Challenge is being sponsored by myself, Nathan Ohren, of, and co-sponsored both other journal writing coaches and journal app developers, including Mari McCarthy of, the International Association of Journal Writing, Write4Life, Day One, LifeJournal, and HeyDay.

The 30-Day Digital Journaling Challenge will begin on October 1st. Registration for the event will begin on or before September 1st.

Why This Challenge

Journal writing is a proven method and tool for self-reflection, setting and achieving goals, documenting your life experiences, improving writing skills, and much more. And using a digital application for writing is a beneficial tool and method for insuring the privacy of your journal writing, accessing your journal on multiple devices, and reviewing, archiving and publishing journal entries in PDF or paper format.

The 30-Day Challenge will include daily journal prompts from leading journal coaches and writers who understand the power of journal writing and how it enhances the lives of journal keepers.

So mark your calendar for September 1st to register for the challenge on I will post more updates about this event in the coming weeks.

10 Reasons I Prefer Digital Journal Writing Over Pen and Paper

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There are lengthy debates about pen and paper versus digital journal writing, with the former still the preferred method of most journal and diary writers. As I write in the introduction of my forthcoming book, I have used both writing methods for journal writing, and I can honestly say I don’t feel or see a difference in the content my journal writing, though there are significant differences of course in how I write using a computer, and more specifically, how I write using Day One. I almost must add that I rarely write anything by hand anymore, because typing is so much more efficient, and believe or not, less painful than writing long hand. But I’m not digital journal writing snob. Continue reading

Join Me on #JournalChat This Sunday


I’m so looking forward to being a guest on Dawn Herring’s monthly #JournalChat session on Twitter. I participated in the chats a few times this year, and this Sunday I will be her special guest.

The chat will begin about my blog post, Writing and Talking Back to Your Family Members in Your Day One Journal, but as usual we will venture off into various other topics about journaling.

If you’re an avid journal keeper, or if you’re interested in starting a journal, #JournalChat is a great way to get ideas from experienced and dedicated journal writers about journaling.

To participate in the chat, sign onto Twitter at the scheduled time and do a search for “#JournalChat.” Use the same hashtag in your tweets while participating in the discussion.

Look forward to seeing you there.

7/7/14 Update

Here’s a transcript of the Twitter chat.

Writing and Talking Back to Your Family Members in Your Day One Journal (Journaling Prompts Included)

Journal_promptsThere’s probably no better place to talk about or “talk back to” family members than in your journal or diary. The journal is the perfect space and outlet to write about your parents, spouse, children, or extended family members. Some journal entries about family members are like snapping happy family photos of memorable moments, birthdays, and celebrations, while other entries are expressions of anger, and moments of torment, sadness, and misunderstandings.

With Day One, you may want to tag non-private journal entries as “family,” or with specific names of family members, while other family entries are tagged “private” for never sharing, or even perhaps deleting one day. Remember, tagged entries are a great way to filter entries and export to PDF for sharing and archiving. (Note: see my guest post article on about keeping a public and private journal. Continue reading

What Tweeps Are Saying About Keeping a Journal

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Because I’m researching and writing about journal writing, I follow a Twitter search for “journal writing” to see what Twitter users are saying about the subject.

The following is a collection of representative tweets that express reasons for keeping a journal—particularly for how journal writing is a secure, private place to reflect and express one’s emotions.

If you do a search yourself, you’ll be pleased to see how many Twitter users are devoted journals keepers.


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Start Your Day With Morning Pages and Experience What Difference It Makes


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When I was struggling through a very difficult time in my life, I stumbled upon Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. I was and still don’t consider myself a spiritual person—at least not in a religious sense, but when I started writing what Cameron calls “morning pages,” I did indeed go through a process of self-discovery in ways I had not done before. The daily writing process helped me face and overcome some fears and challenges I was experiencing at the time by freeing my mind of useless worry and anxiety.

“Working with morning pages, we began to sort through the differences between real feelings, which are often secret, and our official feelings, those on the record for public display.”
—Julia Cameron

In her book, Cameron advocates producing at least three pages of writing a day, in longhand, and in a strictly stream-of-conscious flow—with no concern for grammar, spelling, or continuity. I contend morning pages can also be typed, but more about that a little later. Continue reading

Why I Journal Write and 101 Reasons Why You Should Too

Reasons to Journal WriteJournal writer and blogger, Samuel Lytle, produced an exhaustive list of 101 reasons to journal write. I’ve had that list in my Evernote notebook for a while, but finally got around to reading through it today. And I must say, if you’re wanting to discover the power of journal writing, you owe to yourself to browse the list and discover either what you’re already doing as a journal writer, and for what other purposes you could be journal writing.

The following are the reasons I highlighted for on Samuel’s list, and I include additional reasons of my own. I would love to know you reasons. Feel free to share them in the comment section.

Vent and relieve stress: Most definitely. When I’m feeling stressed, writing lets me release those thoughts and clarify my feelings.

Goal journaling: I’m doing lots of this now as I work on my forthcoming book. Journaling about my goals helps me keep focused, and it motivates me when I’m feeling challenged.

Finding out who I am: even though I’m 56 years old, I still use writing to help me understand myself—my likes and dislikes, and how I could improve.

Develop a well-defined bucket list: Yep, I have a list, and have marked it on my calendar to review on a regular basis. There’s plenty of things I still want to do with my life, and writing those things down is a commitment to planning and getting them done.

Plan how to overcome weaknesses: I don’t drink enough water everyday. Journal writing has helped to correct that shortcoming. I also don’t always show enough gratitude toward my wife and kids, writing reminds me to do that.

Become a better parent, spouse, sibling: I have several journal entries about family related issues and challenges. I write about how I could build those relationships better. Continue reading